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East Tennessee State vs. VMI - 1/17/19 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Game
VMI at East Tennessee State
Date & Time Thursday January 17, 2019, 7:00 PM (EST)
Location
Freedom Hall Civic Center
Johnson City, Tennessee
The Line
The Line: East Tennessee State -23 -- Over/Under: 147.5
TV Channel
ESPN+
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The VMI Keydets and East Tennessee State Buccaneers meet Thursday in college basketball action at the Freedom Hall Civic Center.

The VMI Keydets could use a win after losing nine of their last 10 games. The VMI Keydets are averaging 69.4 points on 40.2 percent shooting and allowing 83.2 points on 47.4 percent shooting. Bubba Parham is averaging 20.2 points and 3.3 assists while Garrett Gilkeson is averaging 10.9 points and 6.2 rebounds. Sarju Patel is grabbing 3.1 rebounds and Myles Lewis is dishing 1.1 assists. The VMI Keydets are shooting 33 percent from beyond the arc and 73.7 percent from the free throw line. The VMI Keydets are allowing 37.3 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 29.7 rebounds per game. The VMI Keydets have lost five straight road games.

The East Tennessee State Buccaneers look to stay hot while building on their seven-game winning streak. The East Tennessee State Buccaneers are averaging 77.2 points on 46.9 percent shooting and allowing 67 points on 42 percent shooting. Tray Boyd III is averaging 12.1 points and 1.9 rebounds while Jeromy Rodriguez is averaging 11.7 points and 2.4 assists. Patrick Good is the third double-digit scorer and Isaiah Tisdale is grabbing 2.8 rebounds. The East Tennessee State Buccaneers are shooting 35.5 percent from beyond the arc and 66.3 percent from the free throw line. The East Tennessee State Buccaneers are allowing 34.3 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 38.4 rebounds per game. The East Tennessee State Buccaneers have won all nine home games this season.

The Keydets are 16-34-1 ATS in their last 51 road games, 4-10-1 ATS in their last 15 vs. Southern and 0-4 ATS in their last 4 Thursday games. The Buccaneers are 19-7 ATS in their last 26 home games, 5-1 ATS in their last 6 Thursday games and 33-15-3 ATS in their last 51 games overall. The Keydets are 0-5 ATS in the last 5 meetings in East Tennessee St and 1-4-1 ATS in the last 6 meetings. The over is 5-1 in Buccaneers last 6 overall. The over is 6-2 in Keydets last 8 overall.

The VMI Keydets have been fade material dating back to last season, and they're being outscored by an average of 20.1 points on the road this season while shooting just 38.9 percent from the field. The East Tennessee State Buccaneers are 13-4 ATS this season and are winning by an average of 19 points at home while shooting 53.1 percent from the field. East Tennessee State has been on fire offensively as of late and is an impressive 9-2 ATS as a favorite. This is a lot of buckets to lay, but the numbers suggest this will be a blowout win for the Bucs. 

Pick:
East Tennessee State -23

Randy Chambers has been with Sports Chat Place since 2014 and covers everything from the NFL to WNBA and tennis. Nobody works harder in this business in terms of content produced and amount of sports covered. Formerly a lead college football writer with Bleacher Report and has had his work featured at Fox Sports, CBS Sports and various other outlets.

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