Samford vs VMI College Basketball Picks, Odds, Predictions 12/30/20

Samford vs VMI College Basketball Picks, Odds, Predictions 12/30/20 Photo by Rick Osentoskij-USA TODAY Sports

VMI Keydets (5-4) at Samford Bulldogs (4-3)

College Basketball: Wednesday, December 30, 2020 at 8:00 pm (Pete Hanna Center)

The Line: Samford Bulldogs -1.5 -- Over/Under: 155.5 Click to Get Latest Betting Odds

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The VMI Keydets and the Samford Bulldogs meet in SoCon college basketball action from the Pete Hanna Center on Wednesday night.

The VMI Keydets will try to rebound from back-to-back losses, sitting at 5-4 after a 68-66 loss to George Mason last time out. Greg Parham led the Keydets with 19 points on 7 of 15 shooting with 3 threes and 5 rebounds while Jake Stephens and Kamdyn Curfman each had 14 points with Stephens logging a 10 of 10 mark from the foul line along with team-highs of 10 rebounds and 4 assists for the double-double while Curfman shot 5 of 8 with a pair of threes. Sean Conway added 13 points with 7 rebounds to finish off the scoring in double figures for VMI in the losing effort. Parham leads VMI in scoring and assists with an average of 15.6 points and 3.9 assists per game while Myles Lewis leads the Keydets on the glass with 8 rebounds per game this season. As a team, VMI is averaging 80.4 points on 47.1% shooting from the field, 38.5% from 3-point range and 82.2% from the foul line while allowing opposing teams to average 71.2 points on 40.8% shooting from the field and 32.9% from 3-point range this season.

The Samford Bulldogs will look to add to a 133-84 win over subdivision Belhaven from their last outing. A.J. Staton-McCray led the Bulldogs with 23 points on 7 of 8 shooting with 5 threes and 3 steals while Triston Chambers added 21 points including 6 threes with a pair of steals and Logan Dye added 15 points on 7 of 10 shooting in just 11 minutes off of the bench. Jalen Dupree added 14 points on a perfect 6 of 6 shooting from the floor with a team-high 9 rebounds to cap off the scoring in double figures for Samford in the win. Jaron Rillie and Richardson Maitre each had a team-high 7 assists while Marcellus Vail dished out 5 assists as well in the win for the Bulldogs. Myron Gordon leads Samford in scoring with an average of 17.7 points per game while Christian Guess leads the Bulldogs in rebounding with 10 boards per game and Richardson Maitre leads Samford in assists with 3.7 helpers per game this season. As a team, Samford is averaging 87.7 points on 48.3% shooting from the field, 36.8% from 3-point range and 70.6% from the foul line while allowing opposing teams to average 77 points on 39.6% shooting from the field and 28.2% from 3-point range this season.

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VMI is 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games overall and 6-1 ATS in their last 7 games against a team with a winning record while the under is 4-1 in their last 5 road games. Samford is 15-33-4 ATS in their last 52 games overall and 3-8-1 ATS in their last 12 home games while the under is 7-2 in their last 9 games following a win. The favorite is 7-2 ATS in the last 9 meetings between these two teams.

This game is a tough one as the line is so low and I do think this one could go either way. However, Samford is at home and while there are no fans in the stands, they’re still used to this building and the Bulldogs have also played the slightly tougher schedule up to this point. I think the tests will serve Samford well here so I’ll lay the points with the Bulldogs in this spot.

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Chris’s Pick Samford -1.5

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