Southern foes will collide when the UNC Greensboro Spartans (5-12) play the VMI Keydets (5-10) at Greensboro Coliseum. Action begins at 1:00 pm ET on Sunday, Jan. 17 and can be seen on ES3.
The Spartans are hoping to rebound after their 83-77 loss to Western Carolina in their last matchup. RJ White had a good outing, recording 13 points, nine rebounds, and one steal for UNC Greensboro. The Keydets, meanwhile, are feeling some disappointment after their ugly 88-51 loss against East Tennessee State in their last game. Julian Eleby had a team-high 10 points.
UNC Greensboro is a seven-point favorite against VMI and the Over/Under (O/U) for this game is sitting at 137 points. The Spartans have gone 5-12 Straight Up (SU) and 4-6 Against The Spread (ATS).
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Over on the other bench, the Keydets have 5-10 SU and 1-7 ATS records. VMI has not performed well ATS over its last 10 games, going 0-6 to go with a 3-7 SU record. The Keydets convert their free throws at a high percentage, ranking 31st in the nation at .740.
This game marks the season's first head-to-head clash between the conference foes. Their previous game was a Spartans victory, bumping their SU record to 5-1 over VMI. The Spartans also lead the matchup ATS with a record of 4-2.
Predictions: SU Winner - NC-Gre, ATS Winner - VMI, O/U - Over
UNC Greensboro is 1-7 SU in its last 8 games.
UNC Greensboro is 6-2 SU in its last 8 games at home.
UNC Greensboro is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games when playing at home against VMI.
In its last game, VMI lost by a margin of 37 points. UNC Greensboro is 2-2 in games decided by a margin of 18 points or more. VMI has a 2-6 record in blowouts.
The VMI Keydets average a field goal percentage of 40.8% this season. The UNC Greensboro Spartans have an abysmal record of 2-11 when opponents have a FG% of 40.8% or greater.
The UNC Greensboro Spartans and the VMI Keydets both rank higher in average effective field goal percentage when compared to their field goal percentages. UNC Greensboro is 234th and 180th in the nation for FG% and eFG% respectively, while VMI is 312th and 271st in these categories.
The UNC Greensboro Spartans average 6.2 steals per game. When giving up 6 or more steals, the VMI Keydets have a losing record (3-8) this season.