Planning on watching today’s Highlanders and Retrievers game? Catch the action at Chesapeake Employers Insurance Arena in Baltimore, MD, as the Retrievers hosts this showdown at 7:00 ET on ESPN+. The over/under line for this matchup is currently at 153 points, and UMBC is favored by -5.5 to win at home against NJIT.
NJIT HIGHLANDERS VS UMBC RETRIEVERS BETTING PICK
The Pick: UMBC Retrievers -5.5
This game will be played at Chesapeake Employers Insurance Arena at 7:00 ET on Saturday, January 27th.
WHY BET THE UMBC RETRIEVERS:
- We have this one finishing with a projected score of 76-68 in favor of the Retrievers.
- Not only will UMBC pick up the win, but look for them to cover at -5.5.
- The over/under is currently sitting at 153 points, and we like the under with a projected 144 points.
Are the Highlanders Ready for a Win at Baltimore?
Despite their 4-14 overall record, NJIT has been a better team on the road compared to at home. They are 1-8 on the road compared to 2-6 at home, and they have lost four straight games on the road.
So far, the Highlanders have been the underdog in 16 of their 18 games, going 2-14 in those matchups. They are also 0-6 in America East games, and they come into this game on a six-game losing streak.
As the underdog, NJIT has struggled against the spread this season, going just 5-11. Their overall ATS mark for the year is 6-11. However, their road ATS record is a respectable 4-5. Over their last 10 games as the underdog, the Highlanders are just 3-7 vs. the spread.
So far this season, the over/under record for NJIT games is 6-11. Over their last three games, the average scoring total is 130 points, which is lower than the average over/under line of 143.4 for their games this year.
In contrast to their season average of 68.7 points per game, the NJIT had a below average performance. They scored 55 points against Bryant and had a field goal percentage of 29.3%. The team’s top scorer is Tariq Francis, who comes into today’s matchup with an average of 11.8, while Adam Hess also maintains a PPG average of 11 leading up to the game.
The Highlanders’ defense is presently ranked 219th nationally, allowing an average of 74.7 points per contest. In terms of field goal percentage allowed, NJIT’s defense has allowed opponents to shoot 42.4% from the field, including a three-point shooting percentage allowed of 33.0% this season.
Can UMBC Lock in a Home Win?
UMBC enters this game with a 6-14 overall record, including a 1-4 mark in America East play. At home, the Retrievers are 4-5 this season, and over their last 10 games at home, they have gone 5-5.
So far, UMBC has been the underdog 15 times, going 4-11 in those games. As the favorite, the Retrievers are 1-3 this season. In their last game, UMBC lost to New Hampshire by a score of 64-58.
UMBC has an ATS record of 10-9 this season and is 1-3 vs. the spread as the favorite. Their home ATS mark is 4-5 and over their last 10 games as the favorite, they are just 2-8.
UMBC’s over/under record for the season is 12-7 and the average scoring total in their games is 158.8. Today’s over/under line of 153 is lower than the average OU line in their games this season (156.6). Over their last three games, the average scoring total is 141 and their OU record over their last 10 games is 5-5.
In contrast to their season average of 76.7 points per game, the UMBC had a below average performance. They scored 58 points against New Hampshire and had a field goal percentage of 39.1%. The top scorer for the Retrievers was Marcus Banks Jr. with 20 points, while Dion Brown also chipped in with 15 points.
Facing NJIT, UMBC aims for a better defensive performance, given their current average of 81.6 points allowed per game (306th). The UMBC defense is coming off a game in which they gave up a total of 64 points and allowed New Hampshire to connect on 7 threes.