VMI vs East Tennessee State Prediction College Basketball Picks 3/8/24

East Tennessee State (16-15) vs VMI (4-27)

Game Info: Friday, March 8, 2024 at 7:30 pm (Harrah's Cherokee Center)

Betting Odds: East Tennessee State -15 -- Over/Under: 144.5 Click Here for the Latest Odds

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The VMI Keydets and the East Tennessee State Buccaneers meet in college basketball action from the Harrah’s Cherokee Center on Friday. Who comes out ahead in Friday’s SoCon tournament first round matchup? Let’s dive in and find out with our VMI vs. East Tennessee State Prediction.

VMI Team Preview

The VMI Keydets come into the tournament as the 10-seed after finishing the year 4-27 overall including a 1-17 mark in SoCon play. Brennan Watkins leads the Keydets in scoring and assists with 15.1 PPG and 3 APG while Koree Cotton has 12.3 PPG with 3.5 RPG as well. Tyran Cook has 12.7 PPG and Taeshaud Jackson II has 10.4 PPG and a team-high 10.4 RPG as well to lead the Keydets on the glass and to cap off the group of double-digit scorers for VMI up to this point in the year. As a team, VMI is averaging 69 PPG on 42.1% shooting from the field, 31.5% from three and 69.9% from the foul line this season.

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East Tennessee State Team Preview

The East Tennessee State Buccaneers come into the tournament as the 7-seed after finishing the year 16-15 overall including an 8-10 mark in conference play. Ebby Asamoah leads the Buccaneers in scoring with 15.3 PPG along with 4.1 RPG while Jaden Seymour has 15.1 PPG with 6.2 RPG. Quimari Peterson has 13 PPG with 4.5 RPG and a team-high 3.8 APG to lead the Buccaneers in assists and to round out the group of double-digit scorers for ETSU up to this point in the year. Jadyn Parker has 7.4 PPG with a team-high 6.9 RPG to lead the Buccaneers on the glass while Karon Boyd has 7 PPG with 6.4 RPG. As a team, East Tennessee State is averaging 70.2 PPG on 40.5% shooting from the field, 29.9% from three and 69.6% from the foul line this season.

VMI vs. East Tennessee State Prediction

I’m on East Tennessee State here. I haven’t really been able to trust ETSU’s offense all year long, but the Buccaneers at least play competent defense which is more than we can say for VMI. The Keydets have been able to score here and there to make up for it but I’m not sure that’s enough here. I think East Tennessee State ends VMI’s misery once and for all and bags a win and cover here.

Chris’s Pick East Tennessee State -15

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