Don’t miss out on the NCAA showdown between the Retrievers and Highlanders. The game is starting at 7:00 ET on ESPN+, and it’s hosted by the Highlanders at NJIT Wellness and Events Center in Newark, NJ. Get ready to place your bets! UMBC is favored by -3 in this America East conference matchup the against NJIT. The over/under for the game is set at 151 points.

UMBC RETRIEVERS VS NJIT HIGHLANDERS BETTING PICK

The Pick: NJIT Highlanders +3

This game will be played at NJIT Wellness and Events Center at 7:00 ET on Thursday, February 29th.

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.
  • The over/under is currently sitting at 151 points, and we like the under with a projected 142 points.

Is a Road Win Possible for the Retrievers?

UMBC enters this game as a 3-point favorite against NJIT. The Retrievers have gone 2-4 when favored this season and are 10-19 overall, including a 5-9 record in America East play.

UMBC is coming off an 86-68 victory over New Hampshire and has gone 3-2 in its last five road games. Overall, the Retrievers are 4-11 on the road this season, and they have an average scoring margin of -4.9 points per game away from home.

As the favorite, UMBC has gone just 2-4 vs. the spread this season and their ATS mark for the year is 16-12. However, they have been solid on the road, going 10-5 vs. the spread this year, and they have an 8-2 ATS mark in their last 10 road games.

UMBC’s over/under record this season is 16-12 and their games have averaged 160.2 points. Today’s line of 151 is lower than the average OU line in their games (157.9) and their average scoring total over their last three games is 142 points.

UMBC’s offense is coming off a strong performance, scoring 86 points against New Hampshire. They had an overall field goal percentage of 53.5% and made 1/4 free throws. The top scorer for the Retrievers was Marcus Banks Jr. with 28 points, while Dion Brown also added 24 to the scoreboard.

Currently, the Retrievers’ defense holds the 320th rank in the nation, allowing 81.3 points per game. In their previous game vs. New Hampshire, the Wildcats finished with a field goal percentage of 35% and a total of 68 points vs. UMBC.

Will NJIT Come Through as Home Underdogs?

After losing their last game to Maine by a score of 68-58, NJIT is 7-19 on the season and 3-11 in America East action. They have lost four straight games and are 4-7 at home this season.

For the year, NJIT has been the underdog in 24 of their 26 games, going 5-19 in those matchups. They have gone 2-1 in their last three home games and 4-6 in their last 10.

As the underdog, NJIT has gone 9-15 vs. the spread this season and they are 10-15 ATS overall. At home, the Highlanders have a 4-7 ATS mark this year and they are 2-3 vs. the spread in their last 5 home games.

This season, the over/under record for NJIT games is 8-17 and their matchups have averaged 140.1 points. Today’s over/under line of 151 is higher than the season average OU line of 142.7. This year, 17 of their games have finished with fewer points than today’s OU line. Over their last three games, the average scoring total is 136 points and their over/under record during this stretch is 1-2.

The NJIT offense is coming off a game in which they scored 58 points vs. Maine. Overall their field goal percentage was 37.5% while connecting on 5 threes. Coming into the game, the Highlanders offense has strugled with their outside shot this season, hitting threes at a rate of just 30%. On average, they get up 23.5 three-point attempts per game and are averaging 13.5 made free-throws.

Currently, the Highlanders’ defense holds the 216th rank in the nation, allowing 73.9 points per game. So far, the NJIT defense is giving up an average of 10.3 offensive rebounds per game and are turning teams over 10.6 times per game (469th).