Tuesday, February 9, 2021

Game #20 - VMI

The Catamounts return to Cullowhee to face the Keydets for the second time this season and are looking for that elusive second conference win. VMI won the first contest, 61-87 in Lexington on January 27th.  

When: Wednesday, February 10, 2020, at 7 pm 
Where: Ramsey Center, Cullowhee
Radio: Catamount Sports Network
-announcers:  Gary Ayers
TV/video: ESPN+
-announcers: Daniel Hooker, & Jeff Bryson (Color Analyst) 
Official Athletic Site: VMIKeydets
Fan Message Board:  KeydetSportstalk

The Series: In a series that started in 1978, the Cats & Keydets have played 63 times. The Cats hold a 35-28 advantage but have lost 5 of the last 6 games against the Keydets.  Western holds a 19-11 advantage in games played in Cullowhee.  

Mark Prosser's record vs. the Terriers: 1-5

VMI Head Coach: Dan Earl
Dan Earl's Record at VMI: 52-118 / 6th season
Earl's Record vs. Western Carolina:  6-6

Keydet's record this season (2020-21): 10-9 overall, 5-5 SoCon, 9-1 home, 1-9 away
Keydet's record last season (2019-20): 9-24 overall, 3-15  conf., 4-10 home, 2-12 away, 0-2 neutral

Game Notes:       Western Carolina          -        VMI

Key Returners: Kamdyn Curfman, Greg Parham, Myles Lewis, Jake Stephens
Key Losses: Garrett Gilkeson, Travis Evee, Tyler Creammer
Key Newcomers: Trey Bonham, Devin Butler, DJ Nussbaum 

The Keydets are only 1-9 on the road this season, but they are coming in off that one road win at Wofford one of the more difficult places in the SoCon to pick up a win. Senior Greg Parham and  center Jake Stephens each scored 22 points to help lead VMI to an 84-80 overtime win over the Wofford last Wednesday at Richardson Indoor Stadium. With the win, VMI  knocked off a SoCon first place team for the second time this season, as the Keydets handed the Furman Paladins their first league loss in Lexington. The Terriers finish a three-game road swing through the Carolinas as they visit the Ramsey Center.

The Keydets are currently scoring an average of 80.6 points per game, good enough for 3d place in the SoCon and giving up 76.4 ppg placing them in 7th place in scoring defense. VMI has 3 players averaging double digits, lead by Greg Parham with 19.2 ppg, followed by Jake Stephens with 14.5 ppg, and Kamdyn Curfman with 12.2 points, along with two players averaging 9 points per game. They are averaging 11 three-pointers per game, and as a team hitting 13 free throws per game.