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UMBC vs NJIT Pick & Preview: Wednesday, January 25th Betting Odds

Retrievers vs Highlanders Matchup at a Glance

  • Sport: NCAAB
  • Teams: UMBC Retrievers at NJIT Highlanders
  • Where: Newark at NJIT Wellness and Events Center
  • Date: Wednesday, January 25th
  • Betting Odds: UMBC -5, UMBC -225 | NJIT +180 O/U 145.0

Retrievers Preview:

Heading into today’s matchup vs NJIT, the UMBC Retrievers will be taking the floor for the 22nd time this season and have an overall record of 14-7. So far, the Retrievers have played 9 games on the road, with a record of 4-5. This season, UMBC has been favored to win in 11 games, sitting with a mark of 11-0. For today’s contest, UMBC has a betting line set -5 points in their favor.

UMBC’s leading scorer this season is Colton Lawrence, who is averaging 13.62 points per contest. So far, Lawrence has accounted for 17.5% of the team’s scoring. In addition, he is contributing 3.67 rebounds per game and 1.71 assists. Jacob Boonyasith is the second leading scorer for the Retrievers, averaging 12.0 points per game. Between him and Boonyasith, they are accounting for 32.9% of the team’s scoring.

On offense, UMBC comes into the game looking to control the pace of play, as they are just 416th in possessions per game. Even with their preference to slow the game down, the Retrievers’ are scoring at a rate similar to the NCAA average at 73.7 points per game. So far, 42.47% of their shots have come from beyond the arc, where they have connected at a rate of 37.8%.

Highlanders Preview:

Heading into today’s matchup vs UMBC, the NJIT Highlanders will be taking the floor for the 20th time this season and have an overall record of 5-14. Currently, the Highlanders have been the home team 8 times, sitting with a record of 3-5. So far, the Highlanders have been the underdog 15 times, going 3-12 straight up. Heading into today’s contest, they are the +5 underdogs on the spread.

NJIT’s leading scorer this season is Miles Coleman, who is averaging 14.53 points per contest. So far, Coleman has accounted for 19.37% of the team’s scoring. In addition, he is contributing 4.06 rebounds per game and 2.18 assists. Kevin Osawe is the second leading scorer for the Highlanders, averaging 10.21 points per game. Between him and Osawe, they are accounting for 34.6% of the team’s scoring.

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.

Free Spread Prediction: UMBC Retrievers -5

According to our key indicators, the best bet for today’s matchup between the NJIT Highlanders and UMBC Retrievers is to get money down on the UMBC to win an cover as -5 point favorites. Even though the team has not been great vs the spread as the road team, we see them putting together a strong game from behind the arc, as they are one of the NCAA’s best 3-point shooting units at 9.19 made 3’s per game. When it comes time to getting your bets down, we like the UMBC Retrievers at -5.

 


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