Halftime Report

Fortunes may be turning around for VMI after losing five in a row. They have jumped out to a quick 35-29 lead against The Citadel. VMI took a big hit to their ego last Wednesday, so a win here would be a pleasant pick-me-up.

If VMI keeps playing like this, they'll bump their record up to 4-15 in no time. On the other hand, The Citadel will have to make due with an 8-11 record unless they turn things around (and fast).

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The Citadel Bulldogs @ VMI Keydets

Current Records: The Citadel 8-10, VMI 3-15

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VMI will be in front of their home fans on Saturday, but a look at the spread shows they might need that home-court advantage. The VMI Keydets and The Citadel Bulldogs will face off in a Southern battle at 1:00 p.m. ET at Cameron Hall. Both teams have had a bumpy ride up to this point with five consecutive losses apiece.

We saw a pretty high 166.5-over/under line set for VMI's previous matchup, but the actual score was more down to earth. They took a serious blow against the Paladins on Wednesday, falling 100-60. VMI has struggled against Furman recently, as their match on Wednesday was their fourth consecutive lost matchup.

Meanwhile, the Bulldogs couldn't handle the Spartans on Wednesday and fell 73-67.

The Keydets have traveled a rocky road recently, as they've lost ten of their last 11 matchups, which put a noticeable dent in their 3-15 record this season. As for the Bulldogs, their loss dropped their record down to 8-10.

This contest is one where the number of possessions is likely to be a big factor: VMI have been smashing the glass this season, having averaged 39.2 rebounds per game. However, it's not like The Citadel struggles in that department as they've been averaging 36.7 rebounds per game. Given these competing strengths, it'll be interesting to see how their clash plays out.

VMI beat The Citadel 75-69 when the teams last played back in February of 2023. Does VMI have another victory up their sleeve, or will The Citadel turn the tables on them? We'll have the answer soon enough.


The Citadel is a big 10-point favorite against VMI, according to the latest college basketball odds.

The oddsmakers had a good feel for the line for this one, as the game opened with the Bulldogs as a 9.5-point favorite.

The over/under is set at 149 points.

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Series History

VMI has won 6 out of their last 10 games against The Citadel.

  • Feb 02, 2023 - VMI 75 vs. The Citadel 69
  • Jan 21, 2023 - The Citadel 60 vs. VMI 52
  • Feb 12, 2022 - The Citadel 83 vs. VMI 79
  • Jan 15, 2022 - VMI 90 vs. The Citadel 85
  • Feb 20, 2021 - The Citadel 75 vs. VMI 74
  • Jan 16, 2021 - VMI 110 vs. The Citadel 103
  • Feb 08, 2020 - VMI 75 vs. The Citadel 64
  • Jan 18, 2020 - VMI 88 vs. The Citadel 79
  • Mar 02, 2019 - VMI 81 vs. The Citadel 78
  • Jan 26, 2019 - The Citadel 84 vs. VMI 82