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N.J.I.T. vs. Liberty - 3/1/19 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Game
Liberty at N.J.I.T.
Date & Time Friday March 1, 2019, 7:00 PM (EST)
Location
NJIT Wellness and Events Center
Newark, New Jersey
The Line
The Line: N.J.I.T. +4 -- Over/Under: 127.5
TV Channel
ESPN+
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The Liberty Flames and NJIT Highlanders meet Friday in college basketball action at the NJIT Wellness and Events Center.

The Liberty Flames look for another win after winning 10 of their last 12 games. The Liberty Flames are averaging 72.7 points on 48.3 percent shooting and allowing 62.6 points on 42.5 percent shooting. Scottie James is averaging 12.4 points and 8.9 rebounds while Caleb Homesley is averaging 12.3 points and 2.6 assists. Lovell Cabbil Jr. is the third double-digit scorer and Darius McGhee is grabbing 2.7 rebounds. The Liberty Flames are shooting 37.1 percent from beyond the arc and 77.5 percent from the free throw line. The Liberty Flames are allowing 33.1 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 29.4 rebounds per game. The Liberty Flames have won seven of their last eight road games.

The NJIT Highlanders need a win after losing five of their last seven games. The NJIT Highlanders are averaging 70.6 points on 44.5 percent shooting and allowing 68.4 points on 41.9 percent shooting. Zach Cooks is averaging 17.4 points and 4.9 rebounds while Abdul Lewis is averaging 12.6 points and two assists. Diandre Wilson is the third double-digit scorer and Shyquan Gibbs is grabbing 2.3 rebounds. The NJIT Highlanders are shooting 34.6 percent from beyond the arc and 70.9 percent from the free throw line. The NJIT Highlanders are allowing 32.5 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 32.1 rebounds per game. The NJIT Highlanders have won four of their last five home games.

The Flames are 1-6 ATS in their last 7 games following a straight up win, 1-5 ATS in their last 6 vs. Atlantic Sun and 1-5 ATS in their last 6 games overall. The Highlanders are 1-5 ATS in their last 6 games following a straight up loss and 1-5 ATS in their last 6 home games. The over is 4-0-1 in Flames last 5 vs. Atlantic Sun. The over is 4-0-1 in Flames last 5 overall.

The Liberty Flames beat the NJIT Highlanders last month by 20 points and have been the more consistent team over the course of the season. Liberty on the road is shooting 48.8 percent from the field and is winning by an average of 8.4 points. The NJIT Highlanders are just 4-7-1 ATS at home this season and can be a bit lackluster at times. There's just no point in betting against Liberty in its current form, as this side is red hot and has had no trouble winning on the road comfortably. This line is more than reasonable to lay with the Flames.

Pick:
Liberty -4

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