Basketball Opens SoCon Championship Friday in Asheville
Courtesy: for VMI

VMI basketball opens the SoCon Championship Friday, when the Keydets take on The Citadel Bulldogs in Asheville, N.C. Action gets underway at 5 p.m., and the game can be seen live and free of charge - with participating provider - on WatchESPN and the ESPN app. In addition, an audio broadcast will be available in the Lexington area on 96.7 3WZ, (search WWZW) and via the Tune-In app, with associated feed on, and live stats can be accessed as well. 

Last Time Out - vs. Chattanooga (2/25/2018):

With tournament seeding on the line, the VMI basketball team hung on to earn a 68-65 win over visiting Chattanooga Sunday afternoon, Feb. 25 on Senior Day at Cameron Hall. VMI finished the game with 28 points in the paint to UTC’s 18 and logged 24 points off turnovers to the Mocs’ 10. The Keydets also had 15 second-chance points to help secure the victory. Freshman Bubba Parham again led the Keydets with 16 points on the day on 5-11 shooting including two treys and four free throws. Fred Iruafemi turned in 12 points in his final game at Cameron Hall while junior Austin Vereen had 11 points as the third Keydet in double digits.

Last Meeting with The Citadel (2/17/2018):

The VMI basketball team held on to defeat rival The Citadel by a 75-71 score Saturday afternoon, Feb. 17 at McAlister Field House in Charleston, South Carolina. Austin Vereen’s three-pointer in the closing seconds was the difference. The Keydets were led by Bubba Parham, who came one point shy of his career high with 25 points on 8-18 shooting from the field and converted eight of 10 free throws. Fellow freshman Myles Lewis also came up big by scoring 11 points as he went a perfect 5-5 from the field in 14 minutes of play. Jordan Ratliffe also represented the freshman class well by scoring nine points.

A VMI win against The Citadel would:

Be VMI’s first postseason win since returning to the SoCon prior to the 14-15 season.

Be the second time in four years that the Keydets had swept three games from The Citadel in the same year.

Advance the Keydets to Saturday’s action, where they would face top-seeded UNCG at noon.