Gonzaga-Fairleigh Dickinson Betting Odds: Spread, Analysis for 2019 NCAA Tournament

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Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports. Pictured: Gonzaga Bulldogs forward Rui Hachimura (21).

#1 Gonzaga vs. #16 Fairleigh Dickinson NCAA Tournament Betting Odds

  • Spread: Gonzaga -26.5
  • Over/Under: 152
  • Date: Thursday, March 21
  • Time: 7:27 p.m. ET
  • Location: Salt Lake City, Utah
  • TV: truTV

Gonzaga’s Statistical Profile

The ‘Zags check in as KenPom’s second-best team in the country, and the best on the offensive side of the ball. However, Gonzaga struggled mightily with St. Mary’s in the West Coast Conference championship game, losing by 13 points to the Gaels.

Still, Gonzaga was the only team to beat Duke at full strength this season. The Bulldogs topped the Blue Devils, 89-87, in the Maui Invitational championship game back in November, a matchup that included a healthy Zion Williamson and proved that the ‘Zags have the firepower to compete with any team in the country. — PJ Walsh

  • Record: 30-3
  • Adj. Efficiency Rank: 2
  • Adj. Offensive Efficiency Rank: 1
  • Adj. Defensive Efficiency Rank: 15
  • Tempo Rank: 69

All advanced metrics via KenPom as of Friday, March 15

Farleigh Dickinson’s Statistical Profile

Do you believe in miracles? Fairleigh Dickinson sure does. The Knights (20-13 overall, 12-6 conference) have won eight straight, including an upset over top seed Saint Francis 85-76 to win the Northeast Conference, punching their second ticket to the Big Dance in the last four years. Their reward? A 16-seed lamb getting walked to the No. 1 seed slaughterhouse.

Are they this year’s UMBC: a 16 beating a 1? The analytics would suggest not. The Knights rank 209th in adjusted efficiency. They have a high-powered offense (135th in offensive efficiency, scoring 75.4 PPG), with five scorers in double-figures, led by senior Darnell Edge (16.4 PPG).

However, the Knights but play very little defense (295th in defensive efficiency, allowing 71.3 PPG). Reading between the lines, they might be worth a look at an over play in Round 1 of the tournament. — Josh Appelbaum

  • Record: 20-13
  • Adj. Efficiency Rank: 209
  • Adj. Offensive Efficiency Rank: 135
  • Adj. Defensive Efficiency Rank: 295
  • Tempo Rank: 214

All advanced metrics via KenPom as of Friday, March 15

Sean Koerner’s Gonzaga-Farleigh Dickinson Projections

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