Making on a bet on this NCAA game featuring the Wildcats versus the Highlanders? Tip off is at at 7:00 ET, and you can watch it all unfold on ESPN+. The game will be played at NJIT Wellness and Events Center in Newark, NJ. The Wildcats are the favored team in this America East conference contest against the Highlanders. The game’s over/under currently sits at 150.5 points.
NEW HAMPSHIRE WILDCATS VS NJIT HIGHLANDERS BETTING PICK
The Pick: NJIT Highlanders +3.5
This game will be played at NJIT Wellness and Events Center at 7:00 ET on Thursday, January 18th.
WHY BET THE NJIT HIGHLANDERS:
- We have this one finishing with a projected score of 74-68 in favor of the Highlanders.
- Not only will NJIT pick up the win, but look for them to cover at +3.5.
- The over/under is currently sitting at 150.5 points, and we like the under with a projected 142 points.
Is a Road Win Possible for New Hampshire?
Through 16 games this season, New Hampshire has a record of 9-7, including a 1-2 mark in America East games. On the road, the Wildcats are 4-5, and they are 3-3 when they have been favored.
After losing their most recent game to Bryant, 89-74, New Hampshire’s record over their last 10 road games is 4-6. So far, they have gone 2-1 in their last three games away from home.
As the favorite, New Hampshire has gone just 1-5 vs. the spread this season and 3-7 over their last 10 games as the favorite. However, their road ATS mark is 7-2 this year and 8-2 over their last 10 road games.
So far this season, the over/under record for New Hampshire is 10-4-1. Today’s over/under line of 150.5 is higher than the average over/under line in their games this year (148.7). In their last three games, the over/under record is 3-0 and the average scoring total in those games is 157 points.
The Wildcats’ offense wrapped up their last game with 74 points, aligning closely with their current season average of 77.8 points per contest. Clarence O. Daniels II led the team in scoring, putting up 18 points. Additionally, Ahmad Robinson contributed 18 points for the Wildcats.
At present, the Wildcats’ defense is nationally ranked 222nd, allowing 74.6 points per game. So far, the New Hampshire defense is giving up an average of 8.9 offensive rebounds per game and are turning teams over 11.1 times per game (487th).
Can the Highlanders Pull Out the Win as Home Underdogs?
After a 76-55 loss to Vermont, NJIT comes into today’s game with a 4-11 record. They have lost three straight games and are 0-3 in America East conference play compared to 4-8 in non-conference games.
So far this season, the Highlanders have gone 2-3 at home compared to 1-8 on the road. They come into this game as the underdog, as they have been in 13 of their 15 games this season. Their record as the underdog is 2-11.
As the underdog, NJIT has gone 5-8 vs. the spread this season and they are 6-8 overall. At home, the Highlanders are 2-3 vs. the spread this year and they have a 5-4 ATS mark in their last 10 games at home.
So far this season, the over/under record for NJIT games is 6-8 and today’s line of 150.5 is higher than the average OU line in their games (142.5). Over their last three games, the average scoring total is 138 points and their OU record during that stretch is 0-3.
The NJIT offense is coming off a game in which they scored 55 points vs. Vermont. Overall their field goal percentage was 36.1% while connecting on 7 threes. One area that the NJIT offense has been good this season is getting to the line. Currently, they are 176th in free-throw attempts per contest. Overall, they have a field goal percentage of 40%.
At present, the Highlanders’ defense is nationally ranked 236th, allowing 75.6 points per game. In today’s game vs. New Hampshire, the NJIT defense will be looking to do a better job avoiding putting opponents on the line. In their last game, NJIT made 15 free-throws vs. the Highlanders.