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NJIT vs UMBC Pick – Basketball Predictions & Odds 1/25/23

UMBC Retrievers (14-7) vs. NJIT Highlanders (5-14)
January 25, 2023 7:00 pm EDT
The Line: NJIT Highlanders +5 / UMBC Retrievers -5; Over/Under: +145
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The UMBC Retrievers and NJIT Highlanders meet Wednesday in college basketball action at the NJIT Wellness and Events Center. Let’s preview this game and give out a pick and prediction.

The UMBC Retrievers Betting Preview

The UMBC Retrievers are averaging 77.8 points on 46.3 percent shooting and allowing 73.6 points on 45.3 percent shooting. Colton Lawrence is averaging 13.6 points and 3.7 rebounds, while Jacob Boonyasith is averaging 11.9 points and 3.3 rebounds. Matteo Picarelli is the third double-digit scorer and Jarvis Doles is grabbing 3.5 rebounds. The UMBC Retrievers are shooting 36.6 percent from beyond the arc and 75.7 percent from the free throw line. The UMBC Retrievers are allowing 39.2 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 31.5 rebounds per game.

The NJIT Highlanders Betting Preview

The NJIT Highlanders are averaging 67.1 points on 42.6 percent shooting and allowing 71.5 points on 44.4 percent shooting. Miles Coleman is averaging 14.5 points and 4.1 rebounds, while Kevin Osawe is averaging 10.2 points and 0.9 assists. Souleymane Diakite is dishing 1.6 assists and Adam Hess is grabbing 2.3 rebounds. The NJIT Highlanders are shooting 34.3 percent from beyond the arc and 65.4 percent from the free throw line. The NJIT Highlanders are allowing 33.3 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 31.4 rebounds per game.

The Retrievers are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 Wednesday games. The Highlanders are 5-12 ATS in their last 17 home games. The over is 4-0 in Retrievers last 4 overall. The over is 5-0 in Highlanders last 5 overall. The underdog is 3-0-1 ATS in the last 4 meetings.

Randy’s Free Pick

The NJIT Highlanders just aren’t a good team, no matter how you slice it, and being at home hasn’t helped that much, especially against the spread. UMBC is playing its best ball of the season right now and wins in the favorite role by an average of 11.6 points while shooting 50.1 percent from the field. The line is reasonable. Give me UMBC.

Randy Chambers's Free Pick: UMBC Retrievers -5

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Randy Chambers

Randy has covered sports betting since 2014 and writes about everything from NFL to WNBA and is more than familiar with what it takes to navigate a 150 game college basketball Saturday and a 162 game MLB schedule. Randy has done it all. Follow Randy Chambers on Twitter or catch him on the PickDawgz YouTube channel.

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