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NJIT HighlandersRutgers Scarlet Knights
Dec 22, 7:30 PM | Louis Brown Athletic Center

NJIT Highlanders vs Rutgers Scarlet Knights Odds

4-5TEAM RECORD6-5

The Rutgers Scarlet Knights will hit the floor running against the visiting NJIT Highlanders Thursday, looking to improve their record and boost wagering bankrolls in the process.

Rutgers battles the Highlanders, currently sitting with a 4-5 mark (0-0 ATS). The OVER/UNDER records, always important for totals bettors, are 1-5 for the Scarlet Knights and 0-0 for the Highlanders.

View NJIT vs Rutgers Odds and Stats.

Power Rankings / Prediction:
According to new college basketball power rankings here, it's the No. 186-ranked Scarlet Knights and the No. 16-rated Highlanders in this matchup. Computer formulas aimed at predicting NCAAB scores point to a 71-65 win for the Scarlet Knights on Thursday.

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How They Match Up:
Offensively, the game matches up Rutgers's No. 182 nationally ranked offense (68 points per game) against a Highlanders defense that sits as the No. 110 at 63.8 PPG. The Scarlet Knights have been averaging 44.4% from the field, more than the Highlanders have managed so far this season (41.1% on average).

Defensively, NJIT features the nation's No. 179-rated defense on the road, allowing 71.2 points per game. Rutgers, meanwhile, comes in at No. 185 nationally in scoring at home.

NJIT won its last outing, a 78-50 result against St. Joseph's College on December 12. The Highlanders blew out St. Joseph's College on Monday, running up a 20+ point victory in a 78-50 win at Fleisher Center.

Rutgers was a 67-58 winner in their most recent outing on the road against Stony Brook. Rutgers earned a 67-58 victory over Stony Brook on Saturday, getting 22 points from Myles Mack at Madison Square Garden.

Rutgers Scarlet Knights Trends:
When playing on Thursday are 3-7
Before playing Florida are 3-1
After playing Stony Brook are 1-1
After a win are 3-7

A few Highlanders at Scarlet Knights trends to consider:
Rutgers is 5-2 SU in its last 7 games at home

Next up:
NJIT home to Fairleigh Dickinson, Wednesday, December 28
Rutgers home to Florida, Thursday, December 29

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