Fairleigh Dickinson vs Texas Southern Prediction - Basketball Picks 3/15/23

Texas Southern Tigers (14-20) vs Fairleigh Dickinson Knights (19-15)

Game Info: Wednesday, March 15, 2023 at 6:40 pm (University of Dayton Arena)

Betting Odds: Texas Southern Tigers -2.5 -- Over/Under: 146.5 Click Here for the Latest Odds

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The Texas Southern Tigers and Fairleigh Dickinson Knights face off on Wednesday in the first round of the NCAA Tournament at UD Arena. 

Texas Southern Betting Preview 

Not many expected Texas Southern to make another NCAA Tournament, but a run through their conference tournament made it happen. Texas Southern sits with a 14-20 record and they have gone 11-21 against the spread. In the championship game of the SWAC, Texas Southern was able to secure the 61-58 victory over Grambling. PJ Henry had a strong game finishing with 19 points, five rebounds, and one assist. Overall as a team they are averaging 69.4 points while their defense is giving up 71.6 points per game. Davon Barnes is averaging 13.6 points while shooting 44.2 percent from the field and 28.6 percent from behind the three point line. 

Fairleigh Dickinson Betting Preview

On the other side of this matchup is the Fairleigh Dickinson Knights who sits with a 19-15 record overall and they have gone 13-19 against the spread. Fairleigh Dickinson actually lost to Merrimack in the Northeast Conference Tournament Championship game, but they weren’t eligible for the NCAA Tournament so the Knights got the bid for the conference. Against Merrimack, they were leading at halftime, but ended up losing 67-66. FDU is averaging 77.8 points while their defense is giving up 74.9 points per game. Demetre Robets has been the top player averaging 16.7 points while shooting 42.6 percent from the field and 33.3 percent from behind the three point line. 

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Texas Southern vs Fairleigh Dickinson Trends

Fairleigh Dickinson is 1-10 against the spread in their last 11 games on Wednesday. The under is 4-0 in Texas Southern last four games following a straight up win. The under is 5-1 in Fairleigh Dickinson’s last six games played on a neutral site. 

Shane’s Free Pick

Texas Southern is playing the better basketball right now, and in the last game they gave up only 58 points. PJ Strong has been playing good basketball heading into this game and he’s going to continue in this game. Fairleigh Dickinson is going to struggle to score against Texas Southern, and that will be the difference as Texas Southern gets the job done. Back Texas Southern against the spread. 

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Shane’s Pick Texas Southern -2.5

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