FAU vs Memphis Prediction - Basketball Picks 3/17/23

Memphis Tigers (26-8) vs Florida Atlantic Owls (31-3)

Game Info: Friday, March 17, 2023 at 9:20 pm (Nationwide Arena)

Betting Odds: Memphis Tigers -2.5 -- Over/Under: 149.5 Click Here for the Latest Odds

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The Memphis Tigers and the Florida Atlantic Owls will meet in the first round of the East Region in Columbus at the Nationwide Arena on TNT. Memphis won the lone meeting way back in November of 1993, 96-46.

Florida Atlantic Betting Preview

Florida Atlantic is 31-3 after defeating UAB in the Conference USA Championship. The Owls jumped out to a big lead and held on to beat the Blazers by twenty-two points. FAU is scoring 77.7 points per game, while allowing 62.1 ppg, and shooting 46.6% from the field. 

Florida Atlantic wrapped up a sensational season with another double digit win, and they will now have to face a longtime former Conference USA champion here. FAU plays through the inside-outside pairing of Johnell Davis and Vladislav Goldin. Goldin sets a tone in the middle of defense at 7’1, and he’s averaging 10.6 ppg and a team-lead 6.4 rpg. Johnell Davis is FAU’s leading scorer after multiple 20-point outings during conference play at 13.5 ppg. Sophomore guard Alijah Martin went off for a career-high 30 points in the win over UAB, and he’s now up to 13.2 ppg and 5.4 rpg.

Memphis Betting Preview

Memphis comes in at 26-8 after defeating Houston in the AAC Championship Game. The Tigers led the Cougs by double figures at the break, and held on to win by ten, 75-65. Memphis is scoring 79.9 points per game, while allowing 72.8 ppg, and shooting 48.4% from the field.

Memphis put together their best effort of the season to take down almighty Houston, and they’ll look to begin a deep run here. Senior guard Kendric Davis is one of the best scorers in college basketball history, and after his 31-point performance in the AAC title game, he’s up to a conference-leading 22.1 ppg and 5.6 apg. Veteran forward Deandre Williams double-doubled in all three AAC tournament games, and he’s up to 17.8 ppg and a team-leading 8.0 rpg. 

FAU vs Memphis Trends

Florida Atlantic is 21-10-1 against the spread this season, with a 16-15-1 over/under record. Memphis is 17-16-1 ATS this year, with a 19-15 o/u record

Memphis pulled off one of the most admirable victories we’ve seen in a long time taking down Houston in the AAC Championship, and they didn’t come this first to leave this early. This team is special, experienced, and battle-tested, and after defeating the top-ranked team in the country, their confidence should be high and they should be ready to play at a high level once again. Trust Penny Hardaway again this weekend, and roll with Memphis to cover in the first round matchup.

The pick in this article is the opinion of the writer, not a PickDawgz site consensus.

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