The VMI Keydets (5-12, 0-4 SoCon), who are currently on a five-game skid, look to get back in the win column when they take on the East Tennessee State Buccaneers (14-3, 3-1 SoCon) at Freedom Hall Civic Center. Tip-off is scheduled for 4 p.m. ET on Saturday, January 11, 2020.
VMI Keydets vs. East Tennessee State Buccaneers Betting Preview
In the Keydets’ last matchup, they fell to the Western Carolina Catamounts, 97-85. Garrett Gilkeson put together a solid game for VMI, leading the team in scoring with 18 points on 4-for-12 shooting. Western Carolina did a terrific job of making free throws (22-30; 73.3 percent). VMI, on the other hand, had a turnover percentage of 8.6 (better than their season average of 16.2).
The Buccaneers will look to maintain momentum after topping the UNCG Spartans in their last outing, 64-57. East Tennessee State was lifted by Joe Hugley, who was the team’s high scorer with 14 points on 4-for-10 shooting. The Buccaneers knocked down 26 of their 33 free throws (78.8 percent) and held the Spartans to an offensive rebounding percentage of 28.9 (below their season average of 34.5).
This is the first time these teams will go head-to-head this year, after the Buccaneers won both matchups last season. In the most recent matchup, East Tennessee State won 94-70. East Tennessee State had a much better offensive rebounding percentage (33.3 vs. 16.7). VMI, meanwhile, did a terrific job of converting from the charity stripe (14-18; 77.8 percent).
The high-powered offense of East Tennessee State (16th in the country with an offensive efficiency of 112.8) will go head-to-head against the bottom-tier defense of VMI (254th in the NCAA with a defensive efficiency of 101.7). The Buccaneers figure to have the edge on that side of the ball.
VMI at East Tennessee State Betting Prediction
Pick: SU Winner – East Tennessee State, ATS Winner – East Tennessee State, O/U – Over
The Buccaneers rank 39th in blocks per game (4.5) while the Keydets rank 138th (2.7).
VMI ranks 69th in steals per game (7.6) while East Tennessee State ranks 128th in steals allowed per game (6.9).
East Tennessee State ranks 38th in assists allowed per game (10.4) while VMI ranks 157th (13.5).
The Keydets rank sixth in three pointers attempted per game (30.3) while the Buccaneers rank 109th (23.1).
East Tennessee State ranks 30th in rebounds allowed per game (31.2) while VMI ranks 132nd (34.9).
The Buccaneers’ average margin of victory in their last five games has been 18.6, up from 15.1 for the season.
During their last five games, the Keydets have scored an average of 74.0 points per game (0.4 below their season average) and allowed an average of 83.8 points per game (14.5 above their season average).