VMI Keydets (8-23) at Samford Bulldogs (10-22)
College Basketball: Friday, March 6, 2020 at 5:00 pm (Harrah's Cherokee Center)
The Line: Samford Bulldogs +4 -- Over/Under: 154 Click to Get Latest Betting Odds
The VMI Keydets and the Samford Bulldogs meet in college basketball action from US Cellular Center on Friday.
VMI enters this Southern Conference Tournament matchup at 8-23 on the year. Currently VMI is on a three-game losing streak, falling to UNC-Greensboro, Chattanooga and Samford in that time.
In the Saturday loss to Samford, VMI’s lead scorer was Kamdyn Curfman with 16 points and three rebounds. Greg Parham added 13 points, eight rebounds and one assist there while Jake Stephens put up 12 points, six assists and four rebounds.
Over on the Samford side, they’re 10-22 on the year. After a three-game losing streak versus Mercer, East Tennessee State and WCU, Samford bagged a win over VMI in their last game.
In the win over VMI Saturday, Samford’s Robert Allen topped the team with 23 points, six rebounds and one assist. Josh Sharkey put up 20 points with seven assists and six rebounds there, and Deandre Thomas had 15 points, seven rebounds and one assist.
Samford is 4-1 ATS in their last five Friday games and 1-8-2 ATS in their last 11 after an ATS win. Samford is 9-23-2 ATS in their last 34 overall and 1-3-1 ATS in their last five neutral-site games.
Meanwhile, VMI is 7-18 ATS in their last 25 Friday games and 4-1 ATS in their last five after an ATS loss. VMI is 7-19 ATS in their last 26 neutral-site games and the over is 4-0 in their last four neutral-site games.
This matchup features the somewhat odd occurrence of the teams playing each other just a few days prior. In this case, that game was pretty close all the way, until Samford gained some ground late for a six-point victory.
The Bulldogs have won both times these teams have faced, and it’s been tight in both cases. Both VMI and Samford have scored big in those games, so this one should be a hefty total affair as well. All things considered however, Samford probably remains the safer play; I would even stick with them if the line inflates quite a bit as we get closer to game time.