The NJIT Highlanders (0-3) are off to a slow start and will try to get their first victory when they challenge the Colgate Raiders (3-6) at Cotterell Court. Action starts at 7 p.m. ET on Tuesday, December 12, 2017.
NJIT Highlanders vs. Colgate Raiders ATS Preview
In the Highlanders last game, they lost to the Rutgers Scarlet Knights, 73-64. With 19 points on 8-for-22 shooting, Anthony Tarke was the games leading scorer. Rutgers had a much better effective field goal percentage (0.610 vs. 0.340). NJIT, on the other hand, had a much better turnover percentage (12.6 vs. 24.0).
The Raiders are hoping for a better outcome after their 72-58 loss to the Syracuse Orange in their last contest. Jack Ferguson led Colgate in scoring with 20 points on 6-for-12 shooting. Syracuse’s 0.313 free throw rate was their biggest advantage over Colgate, who had a mark of 0.039. The Orange’s mark was above their season average of 0.259, while the Raiders was below their season average of 0.181.
Looking at effective field goal percentage, Colgate should have a considerable advantage. Since last season, the Raiders offense ranks 90th in that metric at 0.524, while the NJIT defense ranks 290th in effective field goal percentage allowed (0.536).
The Highlanders won the lone game against the Raiders last season, 74-68. NJIT made good use of their 29 trips to the free throw line, converting on 25 of them (86.2 percent). Colgate, meanwhile, was just 9-15 (60.0 percent).
NJIT Highlanders vs. Colgate Raiders ATS Prediction
Predictions: SU Winner – NJIT, ATS Winner – NJIT, O/U – Under
Betting Notes (2016-Present):
- NJIT ranks 130th in rebounds per game (36.4) while Colgate ranks 259th (32.1).
- The Raiders rank 11th in three pointers attempted per game (24.2) while the Highlanders rank 133rd in three pointers allowed per game (21.8).
- Colgate ranks 153rd in assists per game (13.0) while NJIT ranks 158th in assists allowed per game (14.2).