The Niagara Purple Eagles and NJIT Highlanders meet Sunday in college basketball action at the NJIT Wellness and Events Center. The Niagara Purple Eagles look for their sixth win. The NJIT Highlanders look for their second win.
The Niagara Purple Eagles are averaging 65.1 points on 43.8 percent shooting and allowing 66 points on 42.6 percent shooting. Noah Thomasson is averaging 17 points and 3.7 assists, while Aaron Gray is averaging 10.6 points and 5.9 rebounds. Sam Iorio is dishing 1.4 assists and Braxton Bayless is grabbing 3.8 rebounds. The Niagara Purple Eagles are shooting 35.5 percent from beyond the arc and 71 percent from the free throw line. The Niagara Purple Eagles are allowing 36.6 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 31.7 rebounds per game.
The NJIT Highlanders are averaging 61.7 points on 40.1 percent shooting and allowing 70.2 points on 43.5 percent shooting. Miles Coleman is averaging 15.2 points and 4.8 rebounds, while Souleymane Diakite is averaging 7.9 points and 2.2 assists. Kevin Osawe is dishing 0.5 assists and Adam Hess is grabbing 1.9 rebounds. The NJIT Highlanders are shooting 31.9 percent from beyond the arc and 64.4 percent from the free throw line. The NJIT Highlanders are allowing 33.6 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 29.3 rebounds per game.
The Purple Eagles are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 Sunday games and 5-1 ATS in their last 6 games overall. The Highlanders are 16-34-2 ATS in their last 52 home games and 5-13-2 ATS in their last 20 Sunday games. The under is 7-2 in Highlanders last 9 home games. The over is 10-4 in Highlanders last 14 overall.
The Niagara Purple Eagles aren't world beaters, but they're the better team here by decent margins. The NJIT Highlanders are dreadful offensively and playing at home hasn't helped, where they lose by an average of 8.7 points and shoot 37.9 percent from the field. This is a game Niagara should win. I'll lay the small number.