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NJIT vs Maine Pick & Preview: Sunday, January 8th Betting Odds

Highlanders vs Black Bears Matchup at a Glance

  • Sport: NCAAB
  • Teams: NJIT Highlanders at Maine Black Bears
  • Where: Orono at Memorial Gymnasium (ME)
  • Date: Sunday, January 8th
  • Betting Odds: NJIT +5.5, NJIT +195 | MAINE -245 O/U 134.0

Highlanders Preview:

NJIT heads into this matchup having played 14 games and have an overall record sitting at 3-11. So far, the Highlanders have played 8 games on the road, with a record of 1-7. For the season, NJIT has been the underdog in 12 games, sitting with a mark of 2-10. Currently, the oddsmakers have the lines set with the Highlanders being +5.5 point underdogs.

NJIT’s leading scorer this season is Miles Coleman, who is averaging 14.31 points per contest. So far, Coleman has accounted for 20.78% of the team’s scoring. In addition, he is contributing 4.15 rebounds per game and 2.0 assists. Kevin Osawe is the second leading scorer for the Highlanders, averaging 9.07 points per game. Between him and Osawe, they are accounting for 35.0% of the team’s scoring.

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Offensive production has been hard to come by for NJIT this season, as they are currently ranked 428th in college basketball at 63.0 points per game. A major reason for low scoring totals is the fact that they have played at a below average pace, and have struggled to knock down outside shots. As a team, the Highlanders’ 3-point shooting percentage sits at just 32.7%, placing them 335th in the NCAA.

Black Bears Preview:

Maine will take the floor against the Highlanders with an overall record of 6-8. So far this season, Maine has played 5 games at home, sitting with a record of 3-2. At the time of this article, the oddsmakers have the Black Bears as the -5.5 point favorites. The Black Bears have been favored 2 times, going 2-0 straight up.

Maine’s leading scorer this season is Kellen Tynes, who is averaging 14.79 points per contest. So far, Tynes has accounted for 20.97% of the team’s scoring. In addition, he is contributing 4.29 rebounds per game and 4.0 assists. Gedi Juozapaitis is the second leading scorer for the Black Bears, averaging 14.14 points per game. Between him and Juozapaitis, they are accounting for 41.0% of the team’s scoring.

Offensive production has been hard to come by for Maine this season, as they are currently ranked 433rd in college basketball at 62.4 points per game. A major reason for low scoring totals is the fact that they have played at a below average pace, and have struggled to knock down outside shots. As a team, the Black Bears’ 3-point shooting percentage sits at just 31.1%, placing them 412th in the NCAA.

Free Spread Prediction: NJIT Highlanders +5.5

In today’s matchup, our analysis has identified the best bet as an opportunity to bet on a road underdog. Coming into the game, the Maine Black Bears are the betting favorite with a point spread set at -5.5. However, we anticipate NJIT putting up a strong fight and see them covering the spread. It is likely, the the public is going to side heavily with the Black Bears as the favorite. But, we see this line being set too high and like the value of taking the Highlanders to cover.

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