Don’t miss out on the NCAA showdown between the Keydets and Catamounts. The game is starting at 5:00 ET on ESPN+, and it’s hosted by the Catamounts at Ramsey Center in Cullowhee, NC. Get ready to place your bets! The over/under line for this matchup is currently at 151 points, and Western Carolina is favored by -20.5 to win at home against VMI.

VMI KEYDETS VS WESTERN CAROLINA CATAMOUNTS BETTING PICK

The Pick: VMI Keydets +20.5

This game will be played at Ramsey Center at 5:00 ET on Saturday, January 27th.

WHY BET THE VMI KEYDETS:

  • We have this one finishing with a projected score of 76-70 in favor of the Catamounts.
  • Even though we have Western Carolina winning straight-up, we like VMI at +20.5.
  • The over/under is currently sitting at 151 points, and we like the under with a projected 146 points.

Do the Keydets Have What it Takes on the Road?

So far this season, VMI has gone 4-16, including a 1-6 record in Southern Conference play. The Keydets have yet to win a game on the road, going 0-9, and they have also lost their last nine games overall.

Most recently, VMI fell to East Tennessee State by a score of 74-73. On the season, the Keydets have been an underdog in 17 of their 20 games, going just 1-16 in those contests. As for their average scoring margin on the road, it is -20.2 points per game.

Against the spread, VMI has a 6-11 record this season. On the road, they are 3-6 vs. the spread. Over their last 10 games as the underdog, the Keydets are 3-7 vs. the spread.

This season, VMI games have an over/under record of 6-11, and today’s over/under line of 151 is similar to the average over/under line in their games this year (149.6). Over their last three games, VMI games have averaged 146 points compared to their season average of 150.1 points per game. So far this season, 11 of their games have finished with more points than today’s over/under line of 151.

The Keydets’ offense finished with 73 points in their previous game, mirroring their current average of 70.7 points per contest. Offensively, the Keydets have a season long field goal percentage of 43%, which is 285th in the nation. In terms of three-pointers, they are 186th in percentage and 183rd in three-pointers made.

The Keydets’ defense is presently ranked 289th nationally, allowing an average of 79.4 points per contest. VMI’s three-point defense is currently 164th in the country at 7.7 made threes per game. In terms of overall field goal percentage, opponets have hit 40.4% of their shots vs. VMI.

Will Western Carolina Come Through as Home Favorites?

Western Carolina is 4-1 at home this season and 8-3 on the road. They have a scoring margin of +7.0 points per game at home compared to +3.2 on the road.

Overall, Western Carolina is 15-5 this season and 4-2 in Southern Conference play. They have lost two straight games after falling to Furman, 65-62, in their most recent game.

Western Carolina has an ATS record of 10-6 this season. At home, they are 2-3 vs. the spread. Over their last 10 games as the favorite, they are 6-4.

Western Carolina’s over/under record this season is 5-11 and the average scoring total in their games is 139.2 points. Today’s over/under line of 151 is higher than the average OU line in their games (144.4). So far, 13 of their games have finished with fewer points than today’s OU line. Over their last three games, the average scoring total is 146 points and their OU record during that stretch is 1-2.

In their most recent game, the Western Carolina offense put up just 62 points vs. the Furman Paladins. Overall, they are now averaging 75.6 points per game which is 172nd in the country. Vonterius Woolbright was the leading scorer for the Catamounts, putting up 27 points. In addition, DJ Campbell contributed 11 points.

At this time, the Catamounts’ defense is positioned 62nd in the country, permitting 66.9 points per game. In their previous game vs. Furman, the Paladins finished with a field goal percentage of 41% and a total of 65 points vs. Western Carolina.