VMI basketball opens the 2017 SoCon Championship by taking on the #7 Samford Bulldogs in the nightcap of Friday’s opening round action at the U.S. Cellular Center in Asheville, N.C. Tip time is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. and the game can be seen live – with participating provider - on ESPN3/WatchESPN and the ESPN app. In addition, an audio broadcast can be heard in the Lexington area on 96.7 3WZ with accompanying feed on VMIKeydets.com. Live stats will also be available.
Last Meeting with Samford (2/18/2017):
The Samford Bulldogs placed five in double figures scoring and hit ten 3-pointers to post an 80-61 win over VMI Saturday night, Feb. 18 at Pete Hanna Arena. The Bulldogs had double figure scoring efforts from guards Triston Chambers and Darius Denzel-Dyson who each had 15 points while forward Eric Adams, starting for the injured Wyatt Walker, collected a double-double with 13 points and 11 rebounds. VMI junior forward Armani Branch led the Keydets in scoring for the second straight game and finished with 15 points and six rebounds.
Last Time Out - at Western Carolina (2/27/2017):
Forward Marc Gosselin scored 20 points and grabbed 12 rebounds to lead Western Carolina to an 81-68 win over VMI Monday night at Ramsey Center. VMI guard QJ Peterson led VMI in scoring with 20 points and eight rebounds while guard Julian Eleby cooled down from a blistering start and finished with 19 points. Forward Trey Chapman posted his second career double-double with 10 points and 13 rebounds.
A VMI win against Samford would:
Be VMI’s first conference tournament win since returning to the league for the 2014-15 season.
Advance the Keydets to the quarterfinals to face #2 Furman Saturday.
Snap a four-game losing streak to the Bulldogs.