Georgia State Panthers vs. NJIT Highlanders - 11/22/16 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction
NJIT Highlanders (2-2) at Georgia State Panthers (1-2)
College Basketball: Tuesday, November 22, 2016 at 12:30 pm (Hard Rock Hotel Riviera Maya)
The Line: Georgia State Panthers -4 -- Over/Under: 145 See the Latest Odds
The Georgia State Panthers look to bounce the NJIT Highlanders from the Cancun Challenge when the semifinal takes place on Tuesday afternoon.
The Georgia State Panthers lost their 2nd straight to fall to 1-2 on the year, this time it was a 64-56 defeat at the hands of the 19th-ranked Purdue Boilermakers. The unfortunate part for Georgia State was that they actually led Purdue by 3 at the half before being outscored 37-26 in the 2nd half before ultimately taking the loss. Jeremy Hollowell and D’Marcus Simonds were the only Panthers to reach double figures in the scoring column, as Hollowell led the team with 15 points on 7 of 19 from the floor with a 3-pointer while Simonds chipped in 13 points on 6 of 9 from the field with a 3-pointer of his own. Outside of Hollowell and Simonds, Georgia State had just 28 points on 9 of 26 from the floor meaning the duo of Hollowell and Simonds made for half of the team’s scoring in the loss. The Panthers will need to find secondary scoring outside of those two players if they want to put forth a strong performance in this tournament. The Panthers are scoring 77.3 points per game this season, on 43.4% from the field, 33.3% from behind the arc and 72.4% from the charity stripe.
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The NJIT Highlanders bounced back from a pair of back-to-back losses with a 74-68 victory over Colgate. NJIT overcame a small 3-point deficit at the half to pull out the win late to bring their record back to .500 at 2-2. Damon Lynn bolstered his team lead in points per game with another 24-point performance, this time on 4 makes on 11 attempts however went just 1 of 7 from downtown. Lynn made up for it however by going 15 of 16 from the free throw line, with the lone miss being his first miss from the charity stripe all season. Lynn was one of 3 Highlanders to log double figures in the scoring column, with Rob Ukawuba following behind with 7 makes on 10 attempts with 1 of 3 made shots from the free throw line, giving him 15 points and Tim Coleman put up 14 points on 4 of 8 from the floor with a 3-pointer and 5 makes on 6 trips to the foul line. Osa Izevbuwa fell 1 point shy of joining the trio, with 9 points on 3 of 5 from behind the 3-point line. After Izevbuwa, no Highlander put up more than 4 points on the night. As a team, NJIT is scoring 85.2 points per game on 44.3% shooting from the floor, 30.8% from 3-point range and 73.1% from the foul line.
Georgia State is 5-15-1 ATS in their last 21 games overall and 1-4 ATS in their last 5 neutral site games while the under is 5-2 in their last 7 non-conference games. NJIT is 5-1 ATS in their last 6 non-conference games and 11-4 ATS in their last 15 games overall while the over is 7-2 in their last 9 following a straight up win.
In neutral site games anything can happen, but we are getting points with what I feel is the better team in NJIT. They have the secondary scoring that the Panthers are lacking right now, and although the Panthers hung tough with Purdue, they haven’t done well against the number going back the last couple of years.
Give me NJIT and the points.