Fairleigh Dickinson vs FAU Prediction - Basketball Picks 3/19/23

Florida Atlantic Owls (32-3) vs Fairleigh Dickinson Knights (21-15)

Game Info: Sunday, March 19, 2023 at 7:45 pm (Nationwide Arena)

Betting Odds: Florida Atlantic Owls -15.5 -- Over/Under: 149.5 Click Here for the Latest Odds

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The Florida Atlantic Owls and the Fairleigh Dickinson will meet in the second round of the East Region in Columbus at the Nationwide Arena on truTV. This will mark the first time FAU and FDU face off.

Fairleigh Dickinson Betting Preview

Fairleigh Dickinson comes in at 21-15 after taking down Purdue in the first round. The Knights impressively stuck with the Boilermakers the entire way, and earned an impressive 5-point win, 63-58. FDU is scoring 77.6 points per game, while allowing 59.5 ppg, and shooting 45.4% from the field.

Fairleigh Dickinson made history by picking up arguably the biggest upset of all-time, ending Purdue’s season prematurely, and they’ll look to hang a blemish on FAU here. FDU scores well, and they’re led by a pair of redshirt seniors in Demeter Roberts and Grant Singleton. Roberts scored 15 points or more in three of his last four games, and he leads FDU in scoring (16.5) and assists (4.3). Singleton matched his consistent production and finished second on the team with 14.1 ppg and 3.5 apg.  Sophomore forward Ansley Almonor scored 23 points in the First Four win over Texas Southern,  and he’s up to 13.8 ppg and 4.7 rpg.

Florida Atlantic Betting Preview

Florida Atlantic comes in at 32-3 after defeating UAB in the first round. The Owls teetered back-and-forth with the Tigers before controversially escaping with a one-point win, 66-65. FAU is scoring 78.4 points per game, while allowing 65.0 ppg, and shooting 46.9% from the field. 

Florida Atlantic also made history themselves by notching their first tournament win ever, and they’ll look to avoid being about of FDU’s Cinderella story. 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 5.3 rpg.

FDU vs FAU Trends

Fairleigh Dickinson is 15-18-1 against the spread this season, with a 18-15-1 over/under record. Florida Atlantic is 22-10-1 ATS this year, with a 16-16-1 o/u record.

Corey's Free Pick

Florida Atlantic answered a few questions of their legitimacy with the win over Memphis, but are they this much better than Fairleigh Dickinson? FDU will be playing off of fumes in this game, and as long as their energy remains high, I feel like they’ll hang around once again in this contest. FAU was exposed a bit offensively in their round of 64 game, and the margin feels a bit massive for them. Spot Fairleigh Dickinson the points for this second round contest.

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

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