SoCon foes will collide when the VMI Keydets (7-19, 2-11 SoCon) clash with the East Tennessee State Buccaneers (22-4, 11-2 SoCon) at Cameron Hall. Action gets underway at 1 p.m. ET on Saturday, February 15, 2020.
East Tennessee State Buccaneers vs. VMI Keydets ATS Preview
In the Buccaneers’ last outing, they won big over the Citadel Bulldogs, 91-67. With 15 points and six rebounds, Isaiah Tisdale had a good outing for East Tennessee State. East Tennessee State dominated every facet of the game. They had an absurd offensive rebounding percentage of 34.4 (above their season average of 33.1) and a turnover percentage of 10.2 (better than their season average of 15.2). Citadel had marks of 3.6 and 20.1, respectively, for those same stats.
The Keydets are trying to rebound after their 86-67 loss to the Chattanooga Mocs in their last game. Kamdyn Curfman led VMI in scoring with 13 points on 5-for-9 shooting. Making free throws was one of Chattanooga’s largest strengths. They were 23-24 (95.8 percent), while the Keydets were 10-13 (76.9 percent).
East Tennessee State could have their way on the offensive side of the ball as their prolific offense faces off against one of the worst defenses in the nation. The Buccaneers rank eighth in offensive efficiency while VMI ranks 260th in defensive efficiency.
These two schools have already met once this season. The Buccaneers won 61-55. East Tennessee State had a much better turnover percentage (10.9 vs. 25.4). VMI, on the other hand, had a better effective field goal percentage (0.469 vs. 0.394). Patrick Good had a stellar game, with 12 points.
East Tennessee State Buccaneers vs. VMI Keydets Prediction
Basketball Prediction: SU Winner – East Tennessee State, ATS Winner – East Tennessee State, O/U – Over
The Buccaneers rank 15th in steals per game (8.8) while the Keydets rank 84th (6.9).
East Tennessee State ranks 64th in blocked shots (3.9 per game) while VMI ranks 72nd in blocks allowed per game (3.0).
East Tennessee State ranks 25th in assists allowed per game (10.3) while VMI ranks 175th (13.5).
The Keydets rank sixth in three pointers attempted per game (29.9) while the Buccaneers rank 141st (22.2).
East Tennessee State ranks 27th in rebounds allowed per game (31.2) while VMI ranks 162nd (35.3).
The Keydets have been outscored by an average of 3.8 points in their last five games. On the season, VMI has defeated opponents by an average of 1.8 points.
During their last five games, the Buccaneers have scored an average of 76.2 points per game (0.7 below their season average) and allowed an average of 65.4 points per game (2.8 above their season average).