Maine @ New Jersey Tech
Current Records: Maine 3-8; New Jersey Tech 5-5
What to Know
The Maine Black Bears and the New Jersey Tech Highlanders are set to square off in an America East matchup at 2 p.m. ET Jan. 2 at Wellness and Events Center. The teams split their matchups last year, with New Jersey Tech winning the first 63-54 at home on the road and the Black Bears taking the second 45-41.
Maine’s 2021 ended with an 80-64 defeat against the Rutgers Scarlet Knights this past Thursday. Maine’s loss came about despite a quality game from guard LeChaun DuHart, who had 22 points.
Meanwhile, the Highlanders ended up a good deal behind the Northwestern Wildcats when they played three weeks ago, losing 70-52. Guard Dylan O’Hearn just could not get things rolling his way, playing for 29 minutes but putting up just four points on 1-for-10 shooting.
Maine is the clear underdog, so they’re hoping it’s the size of the fight that determines this one. They hadn’t treated bettors all too well in the past (they are 2-6), but they might be worth taking a chance on now after beating the spread two games in a row.
Maine is now 3-8 while New Jersey Tech sits at 5-5. Two offensive stats to keep in the back of your head while watching: The Black Bears are 352nd worst in college basketball in points per game, with only 58.5 on average. The Highlanders have experienced some struggles of their own as they have only been able to knock down 39% percent of their shots, which is the seventh lowest field goal percentage in college basketball. It’s possible one of these Achilles’ heels will wind up tripping the losing team up.
How To Watch
- When: Sunday at 2 p.m. ET
- Where: Wellness and Events Center — Newark, New Jersey
- Follow: CBS Sports App
The Highlanders are a big 10.5-point favorite against the Black Bears, according to the latest college basketball odds.
The oddsmakers had a good feel for the line for this one, as the game opened with the Highlanders as an 11.5-point favorite.
New Jersey Tech and Maine both have one win in their last two games.
- Jan 10, 2021 – Maine 45 vs. New Jersey Tech 41
- Jan 09, 2021 – New Jersey Tech 63 vs. Maine 54