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George Washington vs. VMI - 12/30/14 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

VMI Keydets (5-7) at George Washington Colonials (9-3)

College Basketball: Tuesday, December 30, 2014 at 7:00 pm (Charles E. Smith Center)

The Line: George Washington Colonials -21 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds

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The VMI Keydets and George Washington Colonials square off Tuesday night at the Charles E. Smith Center.

The VMI Keydets have lost three of their last four games and will play their seventh true road game. On the season, VMI is averaging 79.5 points on 40.4 percent shooting and is allowing 86.9 points on 52.7 percent shooting. QJ Peterson is averaging 20.8 points and 4.1 assists while Tim Marshall is averaging 12.3 points and 2.4 rebounds. Brian Brown is the third player averaging double-digit points and Jordan Weethee is grabbing 4.5 rebounds. The VMI Keydets are the second-best scoring team in the country, as they’re averaging more than 68 shots per game while shooting 72.6 percent from the free throw line and 33.4 percent from beyond the arc. However, VMI gets killed defensively, as they’re allowing teams to shoot 35.7 percent from downtown and have given up 80-plus points seven times.

George Washington vs. VMI - 12/30/14 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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The George Washington Colonials have won six of their last seven games and play for the first time in five days. On the season, George Washington is averaging 69.3 points on 46.1 percent shooting and is allowing 57.6 points on 39 percent shooting. Patricio Garino is averaging 13.3 points and 4.7 rebounds while Kethan Savage is averaging 12 points and 4.6 rebounds. Kevin Larsen is the third player averaging double-digit points and Joe McDonald is averaging 3.9 assists. The George Washington Colonials are a defensive minded team that’s forcing more than 14 turnovers per game and allowing teams to shoot 29.2 percent from downtown. Offensively, George Washington is shooting 67.5 percent from the line and 32.3 percent from deep.

The Keydets are 5-2-1 ATS in their last 8 road games and 3-1-1 ATS in their last 5 games overall. The Colonials are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 home games and 2-5 ATS in their last 7 games following a ATS win. 

This is just too many points to pass up with VMI, a team that has topped 80 points seven times this season. Sure, the lack of defense doesn't help the Keydets but the ton of points scored makes covering large spreads easy. Getting a 21-point head start with a VMI team that will add 70-plus makes this what should be a painless cover. 

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VMI Keydets +21

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