The Citadel vs. VMI - 2/17/18 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction
VMI Keydets (7-18) at The Citadel Bulldogs (9-17)
College Basketball: Saturday, February 17, 2018 at 1:00 pm (McAlister Field House)
The Line: The Citadel Bulldogs -7 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
The VMI Keydets and Citadel Bulldogs meet Saturday in college basketball action at the McAlister Field House.
The VMI Keydets need a victory here in order to snap a five-game losing streak. The VMI Keydets are averaging 64.5 points on 40.2 percent shooting and allowing 73 points on 44.6 percent shooting. Bubba Parham is averaging 14.7 points and 2.5 assists while Austin Vereen is averaging 10.4 points and 4.7 rebounds. Tyler Creammer is grabbing 5.6 rebounds and Keith Smith is dishing 3.6 assists. The VMI Keydets are shooting 33 percent from beyond the arc and 73.8 percent from the free throw line. The VMI Keydets are allowing 33.7 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 33.7 rebounds per game. The VMI Keydets have lost seven of their last eight road games.
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The Citadel Bulldogs also need a win after losing six of their last nine games. The Citadel Bulldogs are averaging 85.5 points on 42.6 percent shooting and allowing 90.5 points on 49.1 percent shooting. Zane Najdawi is averaging 14.9 points and 4.3 rebounds while Preston Parks is averaging 13.8 points and 4.2 assists. Matt Frierson is the third double-digit scorer and Kaelon Harris is grabbing 4.9 rebounds. The Citadel Bulldogs are shooting 34.6 percent from beyond the arc and 70.6 percent from the free throw line. The Citadel Bulldogs are allowing 38.1 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 36.5 rebounds per game. The Citadel Bulldogs have split their last eight home games.
The Keydets are 3-1-1 ATS in their last 5 Saturday games, 6-15-1 ATS in their last 22 road games and 0-4-1 ATS in their last 5 games overall. The Bulldogs are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 home games, 5-2 ATS in their last 7 vs. Southern and 5-2 ATS in their last 7 games overall. The Keydets are 3-1-1 ATS in the last 5 meetings in The Citadel, 6-0-1 ATS in the last 7 meetings and the favorite is 3-0-1 ATS in the last 4 meetings.
The home team has won nine of the last 10 meetings between VMI and The Citadel. The VMI Keydets are shooting just 37.3 percent from the field and are being outscoring by 17.2 points during this five-game losing streak. Some would say the Citadel Bulldogs aren't playing much better, but despite their losing, they're only being outscored by 4.4 points in their last five games. Also, seven of the Bulldogs nine victories this season have come at home. Based on VMI getting waxed recently, I have to eat the chalk in this contest with the home team.