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VMI vs. Western Carolina - 1/12/17 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Western Carolina Catamounts (5-11) at VMI Keydets (3-11)

College Basketball: Thursday, January 12, 2017 at 7:00 pm (Cameron Hall)

The Line: VMI Keydets -2.5 -- Over/Under: 131.5 See the Latest Odds

TV: ESPN3

The Western Carolina Catamounts battle college basketball rival the VMI Keydets Thursday.

The Western Carolina Catamounts have been struggling and need a win simply to boost their confidence if for nothing else. The Catamounts have opened the SoCon schedule with three defeat in a row following a 76-57 loss at UNC Greensboro as a 12 point underdog on Saturday where the game was competitive until the Spartans upped the intensity in the second half to pull away.  WCU sank shots at 34% while UNCG burned the nets at 57% which negated the Catamounts 15 more shot attempts. Haboubacar Mutombo led WCU with 14 points on 6-10 with Onno Steger and Adam Shedd combining for 19 points and nine boards.

VMI vs. Western Carolina - 1/12/17 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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The VMI Keydets are in the same position as their counterparts in that they have lost four in a row and are staring at an 0-3 start in the Southern. The Keydets are coming off of a 79-74 loss at the Citadel as a five point underdog on Saturday that was back and forth until VMI pulled away late. The Bulldogs held a slight 45%-41% shooting edge with a boxscore that was difficult to determine what were the winning stats. QJ Patterson kept VMI in the game with 22 points, 12 rebounds and seven assists on 9-18 with Armani Branch adding eleven point and seven boards while Trey Chapman and Adrian Rich combined for 19 points.

Western Carolina are 11-2 ATS in their last 13 vs. Southern and Western Carolina are 2-8 ATS in their last 10 games overall while the under is 7-3 in Western Carolina last 10 Thursday games.

Picking the winner is kind of like splitting hairs but if this is high scoring VMI would have an edge…

Western Carolina +2.5

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