Samford vs. VMI - 2/29/20 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Samford vs. VMI - 2/29/20 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction Photo by Randy Sartin-USA TODAY Sports

VMI Keydets (8-22) at Samford Bulldogs (9-22)

College Basketball: Saturday, February 29, 2020 at 5:00 pm (Pete Hanna Center)

The Line: Samford Bulldogs +1 -- Over/Under: 152

TV: ESPN3

The VMI Keydets and Samford Bulldogs meet Saturday in college basketball action at the Pete Hanna Center.

The VMI Keydets need a win after losing eight of their last 10 games. The VMI Keydets are averaging 73.5 points on 43.4 percent shooting and allowing 69.6 points on 44.1 percent shooting. Travis Evee is averaging 13.1 points and 2.5 assists while Kamdyn Curfman is averaging 10.6 points and 1.8 assists. Garrett Gilkeson is the third double-digit scorer and Myles Lewis is grabbing 3.6 rebounds. The VMI Keydets are shooting 37 percent from beyond the arc and 73.5 percent from the free throw line. The VMI Keydets are allowing 35 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 32.1 rebounds per game. The VMI Keydets have lost five of their last seven road games.

The Samford Bulldogs need a win after losing 10 of their last 11 games. The Samford Bulldogs are averaging 73.6 points on 43.9 percent shooting and allowing 80.9 points on 45.6 percent shooting. Josh Sharkey is averaging 17.4 points and 7.2 assists while Robert Allen is averaging 14 points and 6.8 rebounds. Brandon Austin is the third double-digit scorer and Jalen Dupree is grabbing 7.1 rebounds. The Samford Bulldogs are shooting 34.6 percent from beyond the arc and 73.6 percent from the free throw line. The Samford Bulldogs are allowing 35.4 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 33.4 rebounds per game. The Samford Bulldogs haven’t won a home game since New Years Day.

The favorite is 6-1 ATS in the last 7 meetings.

The Samford Bulldogs beat VMI last month as two-point underdogs and has won each of the last 10 meetings overall. The VMI Keydets lose on the road by an average of 8.1 points while shooting 41.9 percent from the field. The Samford Bulldogs are just 4-6-1 against the spread at home and 7-20-1 against the spread on the season. Neither of these teams are obviously playing good basketball and they're both losers against the spread, but if forced to pick, I'd have to give the edge to the home team. However, there's much better options on this college basketball Saturday.

Randy’s Pick Samford Bulldogs +1

The pick in this article is the opinion of the writer, not a Sports Chat Place site consensus.