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Florida Atlantic vs Fairleigh Dickinson Odds, Picks: NCAAB Betting Guide

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Florida Atlantic vs Fairleigh Dickinson Odds

Sunday, March 19
7:45 p.m. ET
Florida Atlantic Odds
-110o / -110u
Fairleigh Dickinson Odds
-110o / -110u
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For only the second time since the NCAA expanded its field to 64 teams, a No. 16 seed has earned its way into the Round of 32.

Fairleigh Dickinson has a chance to further its historic run by becoming the first No. 16 seed to reach the Sweet 16.

In a matchup between FDU and FAU, each coach is in a position to improve their resume by advancing to the Sweet 16 and the semifinals of the East Regional.

Florida Atlantic Owls

Do you plan on keeping the boys from Boca Raton out of the Sweet 16? Well, Dusty May and the Owls plan on moving in lock, stock and barrel.

Florida Atlantic is an interesting team. One of its strengths is depth in a tournament that does not often require it.

Gary, IN, native Johnell Davis has been able to score against both C-USA opponents and an athletic opponent in Memphis in the Round of 64.

Texas Southern and Purdue have been bothered by the pressure of FDU, but I don’t anticipate the experience of FAU’s backcourt to falter under the same pressure.

Wins have come in bunches for the Owls throughout the best season in their program’s history. However, no one individual has carried the weight of the team’s success on his sole shoulders.

Rick Pitino claimed two days ago that depth was a non-factor in the NCAA tournament. May defies Pitino’s statement, as he chose to rotate 12 players throughout an extremely fruitful campaign.

Oddsmakers are factoring in the extremely hot play in the current line between FAU and FDU.

As Andrew Catalon eloquently stated in the closing moments of the Purdue/Fairleigh Dickinson contest: "FDU believe it?" Personally, I’m inclined to fade the momentum of a fairly delightful Fairleigh Dickinson squad.

Fairleigh Dickinson Knights

A 10-year tenure at NCAA D-II St. Thomas Aquinas was no sweat for the high-energy personality of coach Tobin Anderson. Following a 2021-2022 season featuring only four wins for the Knights, Anderson has quickly returned the program to prominence.

A win against a top-seeded Purdue proved the Knights can beat any team in the field on a given evening.

So, can they compete with Florida Atlantic on a given Sunday evening?

I would doubt their potential to hang with an Owls roster that dominated the C-USA.

The Knights have been buoyed by the play of their backcourt in postseason.

Despite a loss to Merrimack in the NEC Tournament title game, Fairleigh Dickinson has responded with NCAA tournament wins against Texas Southern and Purdue.

The defensive pressure applied by the 5-foot-8 Demetre Roberts was enough to bother Fletcher Loyer and the youth of Purdue.

The Owls of Florida Atlantic should have enough experience dealing with intense defensive pressure in Conference USA.

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Florida Atlantic vs Fairleigh Dickinson Betting Pick

Florida Atlantic is a superior team when considering solely regular season play.

It would be fair to claim the form of Fairleigh Dickinson is indicative of an improvement from what it showed throughout the year.

Unfortunately for the Knights, I think a team with sufficient guard play will be prepared to handle their strengths.

Take the Owls to cover the first-half spread here. The backdoor is almost always open with large spreads, such as this 14.5 spread.

So, instead, take May and the Owls to come out dominant and cover the initial eight-point spread in the game’s first 20 minutes.

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