Don’t miss out on the NCAA showdown between the Catamounts and Keydets. The game is starting at 1:00 ET on ESPN+, and it’s hosted by the Keydets at Cameron Hall in Lexington, VA. Get ready to place your bets! In this Southern matchup, Western Carolina is favored by -16.5 vs. VMI. The over/under for the game is 154.5 points.

WESTERN CAROLINA CATAMOUNTS VS VMI KEYDETS BETTING PICK

The Pick: VMI Keydets +16.5

This game will be played at Cameron Hall at 1:00 ET on Saturday, February 24th.

WHY BET THE VMI KEYDETS:

  • We have this one finishing with a projected score of 75-69 in favor of the Keydets.
  • Not only will VMI pick up the win, but look for them to cover at +16.5.
  • The over/under is currently sitting at 154.5 points, and we like the under with a projected 144 points.

Will the Catamounts Make it Happen on the Road?

Western Carolina comes into this game as a 16.5-point favorite. On the road this season, the Catamounts have gone 8-6, and they have gone 5-5 in their last 10 road games.

So far this year, Western Carolina has gone 19-9, including an 8-7 record in Southern Conference games. The team’s average scoring margin on the road is +0.1 points per game.

Western Carolina has an overall ATS record of 12-13 this season. On the road, their ATS mark is 8-6, but they have gone just 0-3 vs. the spread in their last three road games. As the favorite, the Catamounts have a 4-6 ATS record in their last 10 games.

Western Carolina’s over/under record this season is 9-16 and today’s line of 154.5 is higher than the average over/under line in their games (143.8). So far, 23 of their games have had lower over/under lines than today’s. In their last three games, the over/under record is 0-3 and the average scoring total in those games is 139 points.

Western Carolina offense recently wrapped up a game with a total of 65 points against UNCG. In that game, they made 6/19 three-point attempts and achieved a field goal percentage of 40.7%. Vonterius Woolbright is leading the team in scoring at 22.2 points per contest. Tre Jackson has also been a key contributor with a PPG average of 13.4 going into the game.

Currently, the Catamounts’ defense holds the 91st rank in the nation, allowing 68.9 points per game. Western Carolina’s three-point defense is currently 23rd in the country at 5.4 made threes per game. In terms of overall field goal percentage, opponets have hit 38.3% of their shots vs. Western Carolina.

Do the Keydets Stand a Chance at Home?

Despite a 4-24 record, VMI is 1-24 as the underdog this season. They are currently on a nine-game losing streak and have gone 1-14 in Southern Conference play.

At home, the Keydets have gone 1-10 this season, including a current four-game losing streak. Over their last 10 games at home, they have gone 2-8.

As the underdog this season, VMI has gone 10-15 against the spread. In their last 3 games as the underdog, they have an ATS record of 2-1. At home, the Keydets are 5-6 vs. the spread this year.

This season, the over/under record for VMI games is 11-14 and the average over/under line in their games is 152. So far, 14 of their games have finished with more points than today’s line of 154.5. Over their last three games, the average scoring total is 137 points.

In their latest game, VMI offense put up 69 points against East Tennessee State. They recorded an overall field goal percentage of 44.8% and made 8 threes. In terms of offense, the Keydets have a season-long field goal percentage of 43%, putting them 319th in the NCAA. Regarding three-pointers, they are ranked 351st in percentage and 246th in three-pointers made.

At present, the Keydets’ defense is nationally ranked 332nd, allowing 81.7 points per game. In terms of field goal percentage allowed, VMI’s defense has allowed opponents to shoot 42.6% from the field, including a three-point shooting percentage allowed of 31.7% this season.