Making on a bet on this NCAA game featuring the Highlanders versus the Catamounts? Tip off is at at 2:00 ET, and you can watch it all unfold on ESPN+. The game will be played at Patrick Gymnasium in Burlington, VT. The over/under for this America East conference contest is set at 138 points, with the Catamounts being the favored team playing at home against the Highlanders.
NJIT HIGHLANDERS VS VERMONT CATAMOUNTS BETTING PICK
The Pick: NJIT Highlanders +16
This game will be played at Patrick Gymnasium at 2:00 ET on Saturday, January 13th.
WHY BET THE NJIT HIGHLANDERS:
- We have this one finishing with a projected score of 75-68 in favor of the Catamounts.
- Even though we have Vermont winning straight-up, we like NJIT at +16.
- The over/under is currently sitting at 138 points, and we like the over with a projected 143 points.
Will NJIT Shock Everyone at Patrick Gymnasium?
Despite being 2-10 as an underdog this season, NJIT has been an underdog in 12 of their 14 games. They are coming off a 70-62 loss to Massachusetts-Lowell and have lost three straight on the road. This season, the Highlanders are 1-7 on the road, and their average margin of defeat is -15.4.
Overall, NJIT is 4-10 this season, and they have lost two straight games. In America East play, they are 0-2, compared to 4-8 in non-conference games. The Highlanders have gone 1-9 in their last ten road games.
As the underdog this season, NJIT has an ATS record of 5-7. In their last 10 games as the underdog, the Highlanders have gone 5-5 vs. the spread. On the road, NJIT has a current ATS mark of 4-4 and an ATS record of 5-5 in their last 10 road games.
This season, the over/under record in NJIT games is 6-7 and today’s line of 138 is lower than the average OU line in their games of 142.8. So far, 9 of their games have finished with more points than today’s line. Over their last three games, the OU record is 0-3 with an average scoring total of 135 points.
The NJIT offense is coming off a game in which they scored 62 points vs. Massachusetts-Lowell. Overall their field goal percentage was 35.3% while connecting on 6 threes. Tariq Francis was the leading scorer for the Highlanders, putting up 15 points. In addition, Mekhi Gray contributed 14 points.
The Highlanders’ defense is presently ranked 252nd nationally, allowing an average of 75.6 points per contest. On average, opposing teams are hitting 6.9 threes per game vs. Vermont. This has come on three-point shooting percentage of 33.0%.
Does Vermont Have a Shot at a Home Win?
After winning their last game against UMBC by a score of 77-72, Vermont will look to extend their win streak to four games tonight. So far this season, they have gone 12-5, including a 2-0 record in America East play.
At home, the Catamounts have been especially strong, going 6-1 this season. Over their last ten games at home, they have gone 9-1. Overall, they have been favored in ten games, going 8-2.
When it comes to covering the spread, Vermont has struggled this season. They have an ATS record of just 4-11 and are 2-8 vs. the spread in games where they have been favored. In their last 10 games as the favorite, the Catamounts are just 2-8 vs. the spread.
Today’s over/under line of 138 is right in line with the average over/under line in Vermont’s games this year (138.5). So far, their over/under record is 5-9-1. Over their last three games, the average scoring total is 137 points and their over/under record is 1-2 during this stretch.
In their latest game, Vermont offense put up 77 points against UMBC. They recorded an overall field goal percentage of 46.2% and made 12 threes. TJ Long is currently the leading scorer for the team, entering today’s matchup with an average of 12.7. Meanwhile, Matt Veretto also brings a PPG average of 11.8 into the game.
This season, the Vermont defense has been impressive, holding the 45th position in the country while permitting an average of 64.9 points per contest. So far, the Vermont defense is giving up an average of 6.8 offensive rebounds per game and are turning teams over 8.2 times per game (346th).