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VMI vs. East Tennessee State - 2/21/19 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Game
East Tennessee State at VMI
Date & Time Thursday February 21, 2019, 7:00 PM (EST)
Location
Cameron Hall
Lexington, VA
The Line
East Tennessee State Buccaneers -14 -- Over/Under: 151
TV Channel
ESPN+
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The East Tennessee State Buccaneers and the VMI Keydets meet in SoCon college basketball action from Cameron Hall on Thursday night.

The East Tennessee State Buccaneers will look to build on back-to-back wins after an 88-69 win over Mercer in their last outing. Daivien Williamson led the Buccaneers with 16 points on 5 of 8 shooting with a 6 of 6 mark from the foul line while Jeromy Rodriguez added 14 points with 7 rebounds and 3 steals. Lucas N’Guessan added 12 points with a team-high 8 rebounds and 4 blocks while Tray Boyd III chipped in 10 points with a team-high 11 assists for the double-double to round out the group of double-digit scorers for ETSU in the win. Patrick Good added 8 points but still leads the Buccaneers in scoring with 12 points per game while Rodriguez leads the Buccaneers on the glass by averaging a double-double per game with 11.8 points per game to go along with his team-high 11.1 rebounds per game and Isaiah Tisdale leads the Buccaneers in assists with 3.1 helpers per game this season. As a team, East Tennessee State is averaging 80 points per game on 48.3% shooting from the field, 36% from behind the arc and 67.3% from the foul line this season.

The VMI Keydets will be out to snap a 7-game losing streak after a 96-62 loss to Furman last time out. Bubba Parham led the Keydets with 16 points on 6 of 13 shooting with 4 threes with 3 assists as the only VMI player to score in double figures in the losing effort. Sarju Patel chipped in 9 points and a team-high 7 rebounds while Garrett Gilkeson had 9 points and a pair of steals and Jake Stephens added 7 points and 6 rebounds. Parham leads VMI with an average of 20.7 points and 3.5 assists per game while Gilkeson leads the Keydets in rebounding with 6.4 rebounds per game this season. As a team, VMI is averaging 74.9 points per game on 42.3% shooting from the field, 34.8% from behind the arc and 72.1% from the foul line this season.

East Tennessee State is 18-7-2 ATS in their last 27 road games and 12-5-1 ATS in their last 18 games against a team with a losing record while the over is 4-0 in their last 4 games overall. VMI is 5-2 ATS in their last 7 home games and 5-11 ATS in their last 16 Thursday games while the over is 8-2 in their last 10 games overall. The home team is 8-2-1 ATS in the last 11 meetings between these two teams and East Tennessee State is 1-3-1 ATS in the last 5 meetings between these two teams at VMI.

This could be a lot of points to lay considering that VMI took East Tennessee State down to the wire in their last meeting with East Tennessee State winning by just 3 points a month ago. However, the Keydets are reeling right now and have lost the previous 6 meetings with East Tennessee State by double figures. The Buccaneers need to gain some momentum with the SoCon tournament just around the corner, so I’ll side with the Buccaneers to put forth a statement win and cover in this one.

Pick:
East Tennessee State -14

Chris has been a sports fan from when he was old enough to pick up a basketball and was a standout offensive lineman throughout high school and college. Chris uses that same instinct, determination and drive to analyze trends and statistics to find and produce winners on a consistent basis. Chris has been writing for Sports Chat Place since 2016 and covers a wide array of sports from college and pro football, college basketball, hockey and baseball.

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