New Hampshire Wildcats (1-2) at NJIT Highlanders (0-1)
College Basketball: Tuesday, December 22, 2020 at 2:00 pm (NJIT Wellness and Events Center)
The Line: NJIT Highlanders TBA -- Over/Under: Click to Get Latest Betting Odds
NOTE: This game has been cancelled.
The New Hampshire Wildcats and the NJIT Highlanders meet Tuesday in college basketball action from NJIT Wellness and Events Center.
New Hampshire enters this one at 1-2 so far. The Wildcats have taken losses in their last two games to Bryant and Quinnipiac. As for NJIT, they’re 0-1 after their opener. The Highlanders fell to Temple by 12 on Saturday to begin the season with a loss. Check back all season long for free college basketball picks at Sports Chat Place.
New Hampshire came out of the gate strong this year, posting 51 points in the second half against Keene State on the way to a 93-54 win. Since then it’s been consecutive losses for the Wildcats, however. Those defeats came 93-85 to Bryant and 64-58 to Quinnipiac.
In the loss to the Bobcats, New Hampshire’s Jayden Martinez notched a double-double on 17 points with 12 rebounds and one assist. Marque Maultsby (11 points; one assist; four rebounds) and Blondeau Tchoukuiengo (11 points; six rebounds; two assists) were also in double-figures for the Wildcats in the defeat.
Over on the NJIT side, they’re coming off a rough campaign at 9-21 overall and a 6-10 mark in the Atlantic Sun last season. That result left the Highlanders just one spot out of last place in the conference standings. NJIT finished the year with an Atlantic Sun Tournament loss to Liberty 55-49.
On to 2020-21, and the Highlanders have a 72-60 loss to Temple in the books. Topping the NJIT scoring in that one was Zach Cooks on 18 points and four rebounds. Dylan O’Hearn was the only other player in double-figures in that one with 11 points, two rebounds and one assist.
NJIT is 5-2 ATS in their last seven Tuesday games and 1-4 ATS in their last five home games. The under is 5-2 in the Highlanders’ last seven at home versus a team with a losing road record and they’re 1-5 ATS in their last six versus a team with a losing straight-up record.
Meanwhile, the Wildcats are 0-4 ATS in their last four games overall and the under is 41-19-1 in their last 61 overall. The under is 36-16-1 in New Hampshire’s last 53 road games and the over is 4-1 in their last five versus a team with a winning percentage below .400.
PICK: I’m going to stick with New Hampshire. I’m probably staying away from this one in reality, though. It’s tough to know what to make of the Highlanders after just one game so far, but they were outscored 42-26 by Temple in the first half of their opener. New Hampshire stumbled on offense against Quinnipiac as well (58 points) but posted 85 or more in each of their other two outings. I like the Wildcats to manage a cover here in a bounce-back game.