Hampton Pirates vs VMI Keydets Prediction, 12/13/2020 College Basketball Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Hampton Pirates vs VMI Keydets
Date: Sunday, December 13, 2020
Location: Cameron Hall in Lexington, VA
Odds/Point Spread: Hampton (+8)
The Hampton Pirates (1-1) go to Cameron Hall on Sunday where they'll meet the VMI Keydets (3-2). The line on this matchup has VMI as 8-point favorites. The over/under has been set at 153.
Hampton enters this contest with a win-loss mark of 1-1 on the year. They turn it over 12.0 times per game and as a group they commit 17.5 fouls per game. As a unit, Hampton is collecting 37.5 boards per contest and has 30 dimes for the year, which is 273rd in the country in terms of passing the rock. The Pirates are connecting on 27.3% on shots from downtown (18 of 66) and 71.0% from the free throw line. They average 73.0 points per contest (174th in Division 1) while connecting on 37.3% from the floor. On the defensive end of the court, the Pirates are able to force 15.5 turnovers per game and they draw 15.0 personal fouls. They relinquish 28.6% on shots from beyond the arc and they are 249th in the country in points per game allowed (77.0). The Pirates defense is allowing a FG percentage of 50.9% (56 of 110) and they concede 39.5 rebounds per contest as a unit. They are currently ranked 38th in D-1 in giving up assists to their opponents with 24 surrendered this season.
The Hampton Pirates played the Norfolk State Spartans and ended up losing by a score of 76-64 in their last game. Hampton ended the contest having earned a 34.4% field goal percentage (22 of 64) and converted 8 out of their 33 shots from 3-point land. When they shot from the charity stripe, the Pirates made 12 of 17 attempts for a rate of 70.6%. In the matter of rebounding, they collected a total of 27 with 10 of them being offensive. They also recorded 12 assists for this game while getting 5 steals and 6 blocked shots. Regarding defending, Hampton allowed their opponent to shoot 34.4% from the field on 22 out of 64. Norfolk State doled out 12 dimes and 6 steals in this matchup. Additionally, the Spartans had 37 boards (8 offensive, 29 defensive) and added 6 rejections. Norfolk State finished the game at 54.2% at the free throw line by knocking down 13 of their 24 shots. They also knocked down 5 out of their 12 attempts from beyond the arc.
Chris Shelton is someone who saw a lot of court time in this matchup. He left the arena with 16 points on 5 of 13 shooting. He saw the court for 28 minutes and also snagged 2 boards. Shelton ended up shooting 38.5% from the floor and also dished out 2 assists. One more player that was a contributor in this matchup for the Pirates was Edward Oliver-Hampton. He grabbed 11 boards and accounted for 2 assists. He ended up shooting 47.1% from the floor in this matchup by going 8-of-17 (21 points). When all was said and done, Oliver-Hampton saw the court for 34 min.
VMI has a win-loss mark of 3-2 for the year. The Keydets are responsible for committing 16.4 personal fouls every game while shooting 78.6% from the free throw line. Their rate of assisting teammates is at 16.0 times per contest (83rd in college hoops) and they are losing possession via turnover 16.2 times per game. VMI has scored 396 pts so far this year (79.2 per game) and they collect 40.0 rebounds per contest. As an offense, the Keydets are shooting 46.8% from the field, which is ranked 134th in the country. The Keydets on defense are ranked 152nd in college basketball in points allowed per contest with 69.8. The VMI defense allows 29.4% on 3-point attempts (40 of 136) and their opposition makes 60.8% of their shots from the free throw line. They have surrendered 11.8 assists and 37.4 rebounds every game, which has them ranked 114th and 215th in those categories. They are forcing their opponents into 13.6 TO's per game and allow teams to shoot 39.1% from the floor (82nd in Division 1).
The last time they took the court, the VMI Keydets went home victorious with a score of 100-65 against the Greensboro College Pride. The Keydets snagged 34 defensive boards and 9 offensive rebounds for a total of 43 in this game. They also blocked 2 attempts while getting 5 steals for the contest. The Pride had 17 personal fouls for the game which got the Keydets to the charity stripe for a total of 21 shots. They were able to convert 19 of those for a clip of 90.5%. When discussing shooting from downtown, VMI converted 15 out of 34 attempts (44.1%). Overall, the Keydets ended up shooting 33 out of 60 from the field which gave them a shooting percentage of 55.0%. The Keydets permitted the Pride to convert 26 of 69 attempts from the floor which gave them a shooting percentage of 37.7% for the game. They finished 32.1% from three-point range by going 9 of 28 and walked away from this one shooting 4 out of 11 from the free throw line (36.4%). With respect to rebounding, VMI allowed Greensboro College to snag 23 overall (10 offensive).
Myles Lewis ended up being important for the Keydets in this game. He buried 6 of 8 for the matchup for a field goal rate of 75.0%, which got him 17 points. Lewis snagged 10 boards in his 23 mins played and had 4 dimes in this game. An additional guy who saw a lot of minutes for VMI was Kamdyn Curfman. He accumulated 14 points in 22 minutes on the hardwood by going 5 of 7 from the floor for the matchup. Curfman wrapped this one up going 71.4% from the floor in addition to contributing 2 assists and 2 total rebounds.
Who will win tonight's college basketball game against the spread?
Josh Schonwald's Pick: Take Hampton (+8)
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