Planning on watching today's Highlanders and River Hawks game? Catch the action at Costello Athletic Center in Lowell, MA, as the River Hawks hosts this showdown at 6:30 ET on ESPN+. The over/under goal line for this matchup is currently at 147.5 points, and the River Hawks are favored to win at home against the Highlanders.


The Pick: NJIT Highlanders +14

This game will be played at Costello Athletic Center at 6:30 ET on Thursday, January 11th.


  • We have this one finishing with a projected score of 75-68 in favor of the River Hawks.
  • Even though we have Massachusetts-Lowell winning straight-up, we like NJIT at +14.
  • The over/under is currently sitting at 147.5 points, and we like the under with a projected 143 points.

Can NJIT Lock in a Road Win?

Through 13 games, NJIT has a record of 4-9, including a 0-1 mark in America East play. On the road, the Highlanders have struggled, going just 1-6, and they come into this game with a two-game losing streak.

Overall, NJIT has been the underdog in 11 of its 13 games, going 2-9 in those contests. The Highlanders are coming off a 79-73 loss to Albany and have gone 1-4 in their last five road games.

As the underdog this season, NJIT has a 4-7 record vs. the spread. On the road, their ATS mark is 3-4 and over their last 10 games as the underdog, they are 4-6 vs. the spread.

This season, the over/under record for NJIT games is 6-6 and the average scoring total in their games is 145.7 points. Today's over/under line of 147.5 is higher than the average OU line in their games (142.5). So far, 5 of their games have finished with more points than today's OU line.

The NJIT offense is coming off a game in which they scored 73 points vs. Albany. Overall their field goal percentage was 44.4% while connecting on 4 threes. The NJIT offense has been looking to get up shots from outside so far this season, averaging 25 three-point attempts per contest. Overall, they have connected on 32% of their looks from outside this season.

Coming into today's game, the NJIT defense is giving up an average of 76.0 points per contest. In today's game, the NJIT defense will be looking to once again do a good job defending the three-point line, as they gave up just 4 three-pointers while giving up 79 points.

Can The River Hawks Secure a Home Victory?

Through 14 games, Massachusetts-Lowell has a record of 10-4. In their most recent game, they played New Hampshire and won by a score of 82-75. Over their last 10 games at home, they have a record of 9-1.

So far this season, the River Hawks have been favored in seven games and have a record of 5-2 in those matchups. At home, their record is 1-1, and they have gone 6-3 on the road.

UMass-Lowell has struggled against the spread this season, going just 6-5. Their home ATS mark is 0-2, and their last three home ATS record is also 0-2. Overall, their last 10 home ATS record is 4-3, and their last 10 favorite ATS record is 5-5.

This season, the over/under record for Massachusetts-Lowell games is 4-7, and today's line of 147.5 is higher than the average over/under line in their games (144.9). Over their last three games, the scoring average is 151 points compared to their season average of 141.2 points per game. So far, eight of their games have finished with more points than today's OU line.

The River Hawks' offense wrapped up their last game with 82 points, aligning closely with their current season average of 80.9 points per contest. Coming into the game, the River Hawks offense has strugled with their outside shot this season, hitting threes at a rate of just 31%. On average, they get up 18.4 three-point attempts per game and are averaging 14.6 made free-throws.

At this time, the River Hawks' defense is positioned 52nd in the country, permitting 65.6 points per game. Against New Hampshire in their most recent game, the Massachusetts-Lowell defense gave up a total of 75 points while allowing New Hampshire to hit 42% of their shots.