Samford vs. VMI - 12/4/14 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction
VMI Keydets (3-4) at Samford Bulldogs (3-5)
College Basketball: Thursday, December 4, 2014 at 8:00 pm (Pete Hanna Center)
The Line: Samford Bulldogs -2.5 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
The VMI Keydets and Samford Bulldogs play Thursday at the Pete Hanna Center.
The VMI Keydets have lost three of their last four games and will play their third true road game. On the season, VMI is averaging 78.8 points on 43.8 percent shooting and is allowing 93 points on 55.9 percent shooting. QJ Peterson leads VMI with 22 points and five rebounds while Craig Hinton is averaging 12 points on 66.7 percent shooting. Tim Marshall is the third VMI player averaging double-digit points and Brian Brown is shooting 44.4 percent from the field. The VMI Keydets are one of the top offensive teams in the country, which includes shooting 74.1 percent from the free throw line and 38.3 percent from beyond the arc. Defensively, however, VMI is getting crushed by allowing 90 or more points in four of their last six games despite forcing 15 turnovers per game.
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The Samford Bulldogs have lost three of their last five games and hope to get going offensively. On the season, Samford is averaging 63.9 points on 38.5 percent shooting and is allowing 71.9 points on 48.4 percent shooting. Christen Cunningham leads Samford with 10.6 points and 4.1 assists while Tyler Hood is averaging 10.1 points on 41.5 percent shooting. Nnamdi Enechionyia is shooting 42.9 percent from beyond the arc and Darius Jones-Gibson has 34 points in his last two games. The Samford Bulldogs are not only a below-average offensive team but they’re also averaging just 34 rebounds per game. Defensively, Samford is forcing 15.5 turnovers per game and allowing teams to shoot 35.2 percent from downtown.
The Keydets are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 road games and 1-4 ATS in their last 5 vs. the Southern. Bulldogs are 2-5 ATS in their last 7 vs. the Southern and 5-0 ATS in their last 5 games overall.
Both of these teams have shown key struggles early on in the season and a win here would be a big confidence booster moving forward. I'm going with the Samford Bulldogs simply due to home court.