VMI Keydets vs. Gardner-Webb Bulldogs Pick-Odds-Prediction - 3/7/14 Big South Quarterfinal
Gardner-Webb Bulldogs (18-14) at VMI Keydets (18-11)
College Basketball: Friday, March 7, 2014 at 8:25 pm (HTC Center)
The Line: VMI Keydets -2 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
TV: not listed
The VMI Keydets square off with the Gardner-Webb Bulldogs with a spot in the Big South semis on the line.
When it comes to scoring the basketball nobody does it etter then VMI who is best in the nation at nearly 89 points. The flip side is they can be scored on at over 82 points so it's not rocket science trying to figure out what the Keydets strategy is going to be. VMI will try to score when behind, ahead and in any circumstance and seldom deviate so it's not going out on a limb and saying we'll see nothing but offense in their quarterfinal bout with the trio of Rodney Glasgow, QJ Peterson and DJ Covington combining for nearly 57 points sure to be the focus of the offense.
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Gardner-Webb might have had the easiest time of it in the Big South opening round as they went wire to wire in an 81-65 rout of Longwood which was never in doubt. The Bulldogs took full advantage of the porous Lancers defense to connect at 57% from the floor while dominating the backboards 37-21 to make sure Longwood wasn't getting too many second chances. Tyrell Nelson led six double digit scorers with 15 points with Onzie Branch tossingin 13. Jerome Hill and Tyler Strange netted 12 points each with Hill snagging 16 rebounds while Donta Harper and Josh Davis combined for 21 points.
If this turns in to a track meet VMI wins this because scoring is what they do. However if Gardner-Webb can get their defense involved I think they have a shot in this battle contrasting styles...