The Highlanders and Black Bears are set to face off at 2:00 ET on ESPN+. The Black Bears will host the game at Memorial Gymnasium (ME) in Orono, ME. This America East conference matchup has an over/under of 133.5 points, and Maine is favored to win by -8.5 at home vs. NJIT.

NJIT HIGHLANDERS VS MAINE BLACK BEARS BETTING PICK

The Pick: NJIT Highlanders +8.5

This game will be played at Memorial Gymnasium (ME) at 2:00 ET on Saturday, February 24th.

WHY BET THE NJIT HIGHLANDERS:

  • We have this one finishing with a projected score of 75-69 in favor of the Black Bears.
  • Even though we have Maine winning straight-up, we like NJIT at +8.5.
  • The over/under is currently sitting at 133.5 points, and we like the over with a projected 144 points.

Can NJIT Grab a Win on the Road?

After losing their most recent game to New Hampshire by a score of 83-78, NJIT comes into this game with a record of 7-18. Over their last ten games, they have gone 2-8, and they have lost their last three games. So far this season, they have gone 3-10 in conference play and 4-8 in non-conference games.

As the underdog, NJIT has gone 5-18 this season. They have been the underdog in 23 of their 25 games. On the road, the Highlanders have gone 2-11, and their average scoring margin away from home is -14.0 points per game.

As the underdog, NJIT has gone 9-14 vs. the spread this season. Over their last 10 games as the underdog, they have posted a 4-6 ATS mark. On the road, the Highlanders have an ATS record of 6-7 this year and are 1-2 vs. the spread in their last 3 road games.

This season, the over/under record for NJIT games is 8-16 and today’s line of 133.5 is lower than the average OU line in their games (143.2). Over their last three games, the average scoring total is 141 points and their OU record during this span is 1-2.

NJIT is fresh off a strong offensive showing, putting up 78 points versus New Hampshire. This output is higher than their season-average of 68.1 points per game. Offensively, the Highlanders have a season long field goal percentage of 39%, which is 391st in the nation. In terms of three-pointers, they are 362nd in percentage and 201st in three-pointers made.

The Highlanders’ defense is presently ranked 230th nationally, allowing an average of 74.1 points per contest. On average, opposing teams are hitting 7.0 threes per game vs. Maine. This has come on three-point shooting percentage of 33.2%.

Can Maine Pull Off a Home Win?

Coming off a 62-56 win over UMBC, Maine is 12-15 overall and 4-8 in America East play. The Black Bears have gone 5-4 at home this season, and they are 9-6 when favored.

Over their last 10 games at home, Maine has gone 6-4, and they are 3-2 in their last five. So far, the Black Bears have gone 2-1 in their last three games at home.

As the favorite, Maine has a solid 9-6 record vs. the spread this season. In their last 10 games as the favorite, the Black Bears have gone 7-3 ATS. At home, Maine is 5-4 vs. the spread this year.

This season, the over/under record for Maine is 11-15 and today’s line of 133.5 is lower than the average over/under line in their games (139). So far, 13 of their games have finished with more points than today’s line. The average scoring total in their last three games is 130 points.

Maine offense recently wrapped up a game with a total of 62 points against UMBC. In that game, they made 7/22 three-point attempts and achieved a field goal percentage of 35.7%. Peter Filipovity is leading the team in scoring at 13.3 points per contest. Kellen Tynes has also been a key contributor with a PPG average of 13 going into the game.

In the current season, the Maine defense has excelled, sitting 52nd in the nation by allowing 66.9 points per game. Maine’s three-point defense is currently 28th in the country at 5.5 made threes per game. In terms of overall field goal percentage, opponets have hit 43.5% of their shots vs. Maine.