South Dakota vs VMI Prediction - College Basketball Picks 11/17/23

VMI Keydets (1-2) vs South Dakota Coyotes (2-1)

Game Info: Friday, November 17, 2023 at 2:00 pm (Desert Diamond Arena)

Betting Odds: VMI Keydets +6 -- Over/Under: 153.5 Click Here for the Latest Odds

The South Dakota Coyotes and VMI Keydets face off on Friday in a college basketball showdown at Gila River Arena. 

VMI has Been Inconsistent

VMI has only played three games so far this season, and it’s clear they are going to be pretty inconsistent. Against the two D1 teams, VMI has lost, but against South Carolina they actually played pretty well. VMI’s defense only gave up 74 points and they ended up losing by ten points. Tyran Cook had a strong game for VMI putting up 16 points, three assists, and two rebounds. VMI on the season is averaging 75.3 points while their defense is giving up 75.3 points per game. 

How Does South Dakota Get the Offense Going?

South Dakota won the first two games because of the offense, but in the last game they lost and the offense wasn’t good enough. In the last game against DePaul, South Dakota scored only 72 points but the defense gave up 12 points. Lahat Thiourne had a strong game putting up 21 points and 10 rebounds. On the season South Dakota is averaging 81.7 points per game while the defense is giving up 68 points per game. In this game the defense is going to need to step up and really put the pressure on. 

Shane’s Free Pick

VMI has been inconsistent, and I think that is going to happen again here. Overall South Dakota is averaging 81.7 points per game and they are going to have no issue running up the score. VMI’s defense is giving up 75.3 points per game and their defense is going to be an issue in this game. VMI isn’t going to be keeping up here and it will be South Dakota that is going to cover the spread. 

Shane’s Pick South Dakota -6

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