VMI at Furman: 2/22/21 College Basketball Picks and Predictions

VMI at Furman: 2/22/21 College Basketball Picks and Predictions Photo by Michael Thomas Shroyer-USA TODAY Sports

Furman Paladins (14-6) vs VMI Keydets (12-11)

Game Info: Monday, February 22, 2021 at 7:00 pm (Timmons Arena)

Betting Odds: Furman Paladins -9 -- Over/Under: 149.5 Click Here for the Latest Odds

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The VMI Keydets and Furman Paladins face off on Monday in a college basketball showdown at Timmons Arena. 

The VMI Keydets come into this game with a 12-11 record but coming into this game they have won two of the last three games. The one loss during that stretch was against The Citadel in their last game, a game they lost by a point. VMI comes into this game averaging 80.5 points per game while their defense is giving up 75.4 points per game. VMI is shooting 46.6 percent from the field and 38.8 percent from the field. VMI wants to push the pace but going forward the defense is going to need to continue to step up or they could be in big trouble. 

On the other side of this matchup is the Furman Paladins who sit with a 15-7 record overall and they have won three games in a row. In the last game against Mercer, the defense stepped up giving up only 60 points and that led to the victory. Mercer on the season is averaging 79.8 points per game while their defense is giving up 68 points per game. Mercer is shooting 48.5 percent from the field while they are allowing opponents to shoot43.3 percent from the field. Mike Bothwell has been the best player for Furman averaging 16 points while shooting 47.4 percent from the field and 28.8 percent from behind the three point line. 

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VMI is 10-1 against the spread in their last 11 games following an against the spread loss. Furman is 4-9 against the spread in their last 13 games overall. The favorite is 11-2 against the spread in the last 13 meetings played between the two teams. 

I expect the pace of this game to be fast and there should be no shortage of scoring by either team in this game. Look for a high scoring affair that goes well over the total. 

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