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Western Carolina vs. VMI - 2/23/19 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Game
VMI at Western Carolina
Date & Time Saturday February 23, 2019, 7:30 PM (EST)
Location
Ramsey Center
Cullowhee, North Carolina
The Line
The Line: Western Carolina -5 -- Over/Under: 156
TV Channel
ESPN3
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The VMI Keydets and Western Carolina Catamounts meet Saturday in college basketball action at the Ramsey Center.

The VMI Keydets could use a win here to snap an eight-game losing streak. The VMI Keydets are averaging 74.7 points on 42.3 percent shooting and allowing 81.8 points on 47.5 percent shooting. Bubba Parham is averaging 20.7 points and 3.5 assists while Garrett Gilkeson is averaging 10.4 points and 6.4 rebounds. Myles Lewis is the third double-digit scorer and Sarju Patel is dishing 1.1 assists. The VMI Keydets are shooting 35.2 percent from beyond the arc and 72.3 percent from the free throw line. The VMI Keydets are allowing 36.9 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 34.7 rebounds per game. The VMI Keydets have lost their last 11 road games.

The Western Carolina Catamounts could use a win here after losing eight of their last 10 games. The Western Carolina Catamounts are averaging 71.3 points on 45.7 percent shooting and allowing 79.4 points on 47.8 percent shooting. Kameron Gibson is averaging 13.4 points and 2.1 rebounds while Carlos Dotson is averaging 13 points and 1.6 assists. Matt Halvorsen is the third double-digit scorer and Onno Steger is dishing two assists. The Western Carolina Catamounts are shooting 37.2 percent from beyond the arc and 66.4 percent from the free throw line. The Western Carolina Catamounts are allowing 32.1 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 35.3 rebounds per game. The Western Carolina Catamounts have lost four of their last five home games.

The Keydets are 6-1 ATS in their last 7 games following a ATS loss. The Catamounts are 4-1-1 ATS in their last 6 games following a ATS win, 2-5 ATS in their last 7 games following a straight up loss and 1-3-1 ATS in their last 5 Saturday games. The Keydets are 3-8 ATS in the last 11 meetings and the road team is 7-3 ATS in the last 10 meetings. The under is 7-3 in Catamounts last 10 home games. The over is 18-6 in Keydets last 24 overall.

The VMI Keydets won the first meeting this season against Western Carolina, a game in which they score 91 points and shot 56.1 percent from the field. The problem is that VMI team is long gone, as its lost eight straight games and is being outscored by an average of 15.4 points in its last five games while allowing 51.8 percent shooting. VMI is also losing on the road by an average of 18.4 points while allowing 51.7 percent shooting. This game has to be Western Carolina or pass. 

Pick:
Western Carolina -5

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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