Hampton at NJIT
|Date & Time||Thursday March 28, 2019, 7:00 PM (EDT)|
NJIT Wellness and Events Center
NJIT Highlanders -3 -- Over/Under: 154
The Hampton Pirates and the NJIT Highlanders will square off at the NJIT Wellness and Events Center this Thursday night in the Quarterfinals of the CIT.
The Hampton Pirates improved to 17-16 (9-7 Big South) on the season after defeating the Charleston Southern Buccaneers, 73-67, in the 2nd round of the CIT this past Tuesday. Hampton trailed for the majority of the 2nd half after falling behind by a 46-35 margin with 15:13 left in regulation, however, was outstanding defensively down the stretch and was able to pull away late after a pair of Akim Mitchell FT’s gave the Pirates a 71-67 lead with just :15 seconds left in regulation. Hampton struggled offensively, however, held the Buccaneers to just 38.5% shooting from the field. And 14.3% shooting from beyond the arc. Leading the way for the Pirates Was Jermaine Marrow who had 20 points, 2 rebounds, 4 assists, and 3 steals.
On the season, Hampton is averaging 81.6 ppg on 43.5% shooting from the field. The Pirates are averaging 8.5 three-pointers per game on 34.9% shooting from beyond the arc. Offensively, Hampton has been led by Jermaine Marrow (24.8 ppg, 4.1 rpg, 5.0 apg, 1.7 spg), Kalin Fisher (15.8 ppg, 4.8 rpg, 3.2 apg, 1.9 spg), Akim Mitchell (9.5 ppg, 4.9 rpg, 1.2 apg, 1.0 spg), and Greg Heckstall (9.0 ppg, 7.0 rpg, 2.6 apg).
Defensively, Hampton is holding their opponents to an average of 76.6 ppg on 43.0% shooting from the field. The Pirates have a rebound margin of 0.7 and a turnover margin of 1.8.
The NJIT Highlanders improved to 22-12 (8-8 A-Sun) on the season after defeating the Quinnipiac Bobcats, 92-81, in the 1st round of the CIT on March 18th. NJIT had their way on the offensive end against the Bobcats and had no trouble securing the victory after taking a 65-48 lead with 8:13 left in regulation. NJIT shot 50.8% from the field and 46.2% from beyond the arc for the victory. Leading the way for the Highlanders was Zach Cooks who had 34 points, 6 rebounds, 1 assist, and 1 steal.
On the season, NJIT is averaging 70.6 ppg on 44.7% shooting from the field. The Highlanders are averaging 7.1 three-pointers per game on 34.9% shooting from beyond the arc. Offensively, NJIT has been led by Zach Cooks (17.5 ppg, 4.9 rpg, 2.1 apg, 2.5 spg), Abdul Lewis (13.0 ppg, 9.1 rpg, 2.0 apg), Diandre Wilson (11.9 ppg, 2.8 rpg, 1.7 apg), and Shyquan Gibbs (8.6 ppg, 2.2 rpg, 2.3 apg).
Defensively, NJIT is holding their opponents to an average of 68.2 ppg on 42.6% shooting from the field. The Highlanders have a rebound margin of -1.5 and a turnover margin of 0.5.
The Pirates are 5-1 ATS in their last 6 games vs. a team with a winning straight up record and 6-2 ATS in their last 8 games overall. The Highlanders are 23-9-1 ATS in their last 33 non-conference games and 19-9 ATS in their last 28 games vs. a team with a winning straight up record.
NJIT received a bye in the 2nd round as they were one of the top-3 seeds in the CIT and have to be happy to be playing on their home court where they posted a solid 11-4 record on the season. Hampton has a better offense than what we saw against Charleston Southern as the Pirates rank 21st in scoring offense, however, it could be another tough battle for Hampton on the offensive end as they are going against a Highlanders defense that ranks 86th in scoring defense. Hampton is just 5-11 in away games this season and as I think NJIT will be able to have some success on the offensive end against Hampton’s 294th ranked scoring defense, I’m taking NJIT at home to cover this small spread. Good Luck!