Last Updated: 2019-03-28
The CollegeInsider.com Postseason Tournament contest between the Hampton Pirates (17-16) and the NJIT Highlanders (22-12) will take place at Wellness and Events Center. NJIT opened as a 1.5-point favorite, while the Over/Under (O/U) for the game has been set at 155 points. Tip-off is set for 7 p.m. ET on Thursday, March 28, 2019.
Hampton Pirates at NJIT Highlanders Odds Preview
The last time the Pirates played, they were victorious over the Charleston Southern Buccaneers, 73-67. With 13 points and 13 rebounds, Hampton’s Trevond Barnes had a solid performance. The Pirates knocked down 23 of their 25 free throws (92.0 percent) and held the Buccaneers to an effective field goal percentage of 0.408 (below their season average of 0.508).
The Highlanders will look to keep it rolling after defeating the Quinnipiac Bobcats in their last contest, 92-81. NJIT rallied around Zach Cooks, who was the top scorer from either team with 34 points on 12-for-20 shooting. NJIT dominated nearly every facet of the game. They had a ridiculous free throw rate of 0.339 (above their season average of 0.280) and a turnover percentage of 6.6 (better than their season average of 16.4). Quinnipiac was 0.180 and 9.4, respectively, for those same stats.
The physical NJIT offense could be living from the free throw line in this contest. The Highlanders rank 32nd in the country with a free throw attempt (FTA) rate of 0.281, while Hampton is among the country’s most foul-prone squads (giving up a 242nd-ranked FTA rate of 0.246).
Hampton Pirates vs. NJIT Highlanders Odds Prediction
Prediction: SU Winner – NJIT, ATS Winner – NJIT, O/U – Over
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The Pirates rank 10th in steals allowed per game (4.8) while the Highlanders rank 69th (5.6).
Hampton averages 3.4 blocks per game, which is ranked 122nd in the nation. NJIT ranks 144th in blocks allowed per game (3.4).
Hampton ranks 31st in rebounds per game (38.6) while NJIT ranks 240th (33.6).
The Pirates rank 102nd in assists per game (14.1) while the Highlanders rank 276th (10.8).
Hampton ranks 83rd in three pointers attempted per game (24.3) while NJIT ranks 246th (20.3).
The Highlanders have been outscored by an average of 3.4 points in their last five games. For the season, NJIT has defeated opponents by an average of 2.4 points.
During their last five games, the Pirates have scored an average of 80.0 points per game (1.4 below their season average) and allowed an average of 73.4 points per game (2.9 below their season average).