The Virginia Tech Hokies (8-3) will be at home in Cassell Coliseum when they meet the VMI Keydets (5-7). Tip-off is set for 4 p.m. ET on Saturday, December 21, 2019, and it can be seen on ACC Network.
VMI Keydets vs. Virginia Tech Hokies Free Preview
The last time the Keydets played, they had no trouble getting past the Ferrum Panthers, 78-60. With 16 points and five rebounds, VMI’s Kamdyn Curfman put together a good performance. VMI dominated nearly every facet of the game. They had a phenomenal free throw rate of 0.368 (above their season average of 0.161) and an offensive rebounding percentage of 37.5 (above their season average of 28.5). For those same stats, Ferrum was 0.036 and 20.5, respectively.
The Hokies come in on a high note after blowing out the Gardner-Webb Runnin’ Bulldogs in their last game, 73-46. Virginia Tech was lifted by Landers Nolley II, who was the top scorer from either team with 18 points on 6-for-14 shooting. Virginia Tech dominated every stat category in the game. They had an effective field goal percentage of 0.553 (below their season average of 0.563) and a free throw rate of 0.175 (above their season average of 0.145). Gardner-Webb recorded marks of 0.355 and 0.127, respectively, for those same stats.
Virginia Tech could dominate on the offensive side of the ball as their high-octane offense faces off against one of the nation’s worst defenses. The Hokies rank 42nd in offensive efficiency, while VMI ranks 315th in defensive efficiency. The Keydets should have an edge in terms of ball protection. They rank 33rd at avoiding errors (turnover percentage of 16.6 percent), while the Hokies force the 57th-fewest turnovers in the NCAA (opponents’ turnover percentage of 17.9 percent).
This is the first time these teams will go head-to-head this year. The Hokies won the sole contest played against each other last season, 89-68. The Hokies played a perfect game. They had a superb free throw rate of 0.310 and a turnover percentage of 13.8. The Keydets recorded marks of 0.167 and 18.5, respectively, for those same stats.
VMI Keydets vs. Virginia Tech Hokies ATS Prediction
Prediction: SU Winner – Virginia Tech, ATS Winner – VMI, O/U – Under
The Hokies are fifth in the NCAA with 4.1 steals allowed per game while the Keydets are 58th with 5.1 steals allowed per game.
Virginia Tech averages 35.1 rebounds per game, which ranks 162nd in the NCAA. VMI ranks 199th in rebounds allowed per game (34.4).
VMI ranks 14th in three pointers attempted per game (30.4) while Virginia Tech ranks 244th in three pointers allowed per game (27.6).
The Hokies average 16.1 assists per game, which ranks 32nd in the NCAA. The Keydets rank 182nd in assists allowed per game (12.7).
Virginia Tech ranks 13th in blocks allowed per game (2.0) while VMI ranks 110th (3.5).
The Hokies have been outscored by an average of 4.4 points in their last five games. For the season, Virginia Tech has defeated opponents by an average of 9.7 points.
During their last five games, the Keydets have scored an average of 77.0 points per game (2.5 above their season average) and allowed an average of 59.6 points per game (3.6 below their season average).