NJIT Highlanders (1-2) at Vermont Catamounts (2-1)
College Basketball: Monday, December 28, 2020 at 2:00 pm (Roy L Patrick Gymnasium)
The Line: Vermont Catamounts -12 -- Over/Under: 140 Click to Get Latest Betting Odds
The NJIT Highlanders and the Vermont Catamounts meet in college basketball action from Patrick Gymnasium on Monday afternoon.
The NJIT Highlanders will look to bounce back from a 92-78 loss to Vermont last time out. Zach Cooks led the way with 24 points on 7 of 18 shooting with 3 threes and 12 rebounds for the double-double in addition to a team-high 5 steals while San Antonio Brinson added 12 points on 4 of 7 shooting with a pair of threes. Miles Coleman chipped in 11 points and Dylan O’Hearn added 10 points to cap off the scoring in double figures for NJIT in the losing effort. Diego Willis added 8 points and 3 assists as well in the defeat. Cooks leads NJIT in scoring and rebounding with 19.7 points and 7.7 rebounds per game while Antwuan Bulter leads the Highlanders in assists with 3.3 assists per game this season. As a team, NJIT is averaging 73 points on 39.3% shooting from the field, 33.3% from 3-point range and 74.4% from the foul line while allowing opposing teams to average 76.7 points on 43.8% shooting from the field and 40.7% from 3-point range this season.
The Vermont Catamounts will look to sweep the two-game set with NJIT after their win last time out over the Highlanders. Stef Smith led the Catamounts with 27 points on 7 of 13 shooting with 5 threes and a team0high 7 rebounds while Ryan Davis added 22 points on 10 of 15 shooting with a pair of threes and 5 boards. Isaiah Powell added 10 points with 6 rebounds to cap off the trio of double-digit scorers for Vermont in the winning effort. Robin Duncan and Ben Shungu each had a team-high 6 assists as well in the victory for Vermont. Davis leads Vermont in scoring and rebounding with an average of 22 points and 5 rebounds per game while Duncan leads the Catamounts in assists with 3.7 assists per game this season. As a team, Vermont is averaging 73 points on 44.5% shooting from the field, 33.3% from 3-point range and 72.9% shooting from the foul line while allowing opposing teams to average 69 points per game on 41.3% shooting from the field and 36.4% from 3-point range this season.
NJIT is 2-5 ATS in their last 7 games as an underdog and 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games following a loss while the under is 5-2 in their last 7 games as a road underdog. Vermont is 1-3-1 ATS in their last 5 games overall and 21-10-1 ATS in their last 32 games as a home favorite while the over is 4-1 in their last 5 games following a win.
The points with NJIT are tempting as we’ve seen a lot of the losing teams in these back-to-backs rebound with a vengeance in the return matchup. However, Vermont’s been the team to beat in the America East conference for some time now, and we saw the Catamounts flex some of that muscle in Sunday’s matchup. I just think it’s going to take NJIT some time to get acclimated to their new conference, so I’ll lay the points with Vermont in this one.