Tuesday, February 18, 2020

Game #26 - VMI Keydets

In the Catamount's twenty-sixth game of the season, the VMI Keydets travel to Cullowhee for the return game, with the Cats looking to pick up their third sweep of the season.  Western is now 16-9 overall on the season, and 8-6 in the SoCon and 8-3 in home games this season.  The Cats have 4 remaining regular-season games remaining, with 3 of the four in the Ramsey Center.

Game #26 - VMI Keydets

When: Wednesday, February 19, 2020, at 7:00 pm
Where: Ramsey Center, Cullowhee, NC
Radio: Catamount Sports Network
-announcer: Gary Ayers
TV/video: ESPN+
-announcer:  Daniel Hooker (PxP)
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Fan Message Board: Keydet Sportstalk
The Series:  The series between VMI and the Cats started back in 1978 and Western owns a 35-26 record with the Keydets.  The series was tied at 14-14 in games played in Lexington, but the Cats picked up a win in Lexington after the Keydets swept the Cats last season.

VMI's 2020 record:  7-20 overall, 2-12 SoCon, 1-11 away games

Head coach Dan Earl is in his 4th season with the Keydets and is fielding a young team in 2020. Through the first 15 games of the season, the Keydets are getting 47% of their scoring from four true freshmen, with guard Travis Evee leading the team with a 12.7 ppg average followed by Camdyn Curfman with 11.8 ppg, Louis Tang at 5.8 ppg, and Sean Conway at 5.1 ppg. The Keydets are a very good three-point shooting team, currently averaging 11.6 threes per game.

The Keydets are on a two-game slide, after picking up a win over their arch-rival the Citadel in Charleston last week.  The Keydet's 2 conference wins are both over the Bulldogs, but the Keydets have been competitive in all their conference games both on the road and at home, such as a two-point loss to Furman in overtime in Greenville, SC.

Probable VMI Starters
Guard, #3 Travis Evee - Fr. (6-0 165) 12.0 ppg. Leads team in scoring (12.0)
Guard, #10 Kamdyn Curfman - Fr. (6-0 170) 9.6 ppg. Third on team in scoring (9.6)
Guard, #2 Garrett Gilkeson - Sr. (6-4 215) 10.8 ppg. Career-high 28 points vs. Wofford 2/5
Guard, #15 Myles Lewis - Jr. (6-5 189) 8.1 ppg. Fifth on team in scoring (8.1)
Center, #34 Jake Stephens - So. (6-9 254) 6.6 ppg. First career double-double 18 pts, 11 rebs vs. The Citadel 1/18