FAU vs Tennessee Prediction - Basketball Picks 3/23/23

Tennessee Volunteers (25-10) vs Florida Atlantic Owls (33-3)

Game Info: Thursday, March 23, 2023 at 9:00 pm (Madison Square Garden)

Betting Odds: Tennessee Volunteers -5.5 -- Over/Under: 129.5 Click Here for the Latest Odds

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The FAU Owls and Tennessee Volunteers face off on Thursday in a college basketball showdown in the Sweet 16 at Madison Square Garden. 

FAU Betting Preview

FAU comes into this game with a 33-3 record overall and they have gone 22-11-1 against the spread. After winning the Conference USA Tournament, FAU has won two games in the NCAA Tournament. In the first game, Florida Atlantic knocked off Memphis 66-65. In the last game against Fairleigh Dickinson, FAU was able to secure the 78-70 victory. Johnell Davis had a strong game finishing with 29 points, 12 rebounds, and five assists. FAU is averaging 78.4 points while their defense is giving up 65.1 points per game. Davis has been the top player all season averaging 13.9 points while shooting 50 percent from the field and 38.8 percent from behind the three-point line. 

Tennessee Betting Preview

On the other side of this matchup is Tennessee who sits with a 25-10 record overall and they have gone 18-17 against the spread. There were some questions surrounding this Tennessee team heading into the NCAA Tournament, but they have looked in the first two games. In the first game, Tennessee beat Louisiana 58-55 and in the last game against Duke, they were able to secure a 62-55 victory. Tennessee was led by Olivier Nkamhoua against Duke who finished with 27 points and five rebounds. The Volunteers are averaging 71.2 points while their defense is giving up 57.8 points per game. Santiago Vescovi is averaging 12.7 points while shooting 40.1 percent from the field and 37.1 percent from behind the three point line. 

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FAU vs Tennessee Trends

Tennessee is 1-7 against the spread in their last 8 NCAA Tournament games as a favorite. The over is 7-1-1 in FAU”s last nine games on Thursday. The under is 5-1 in Tennessee’s last six neutral site games. 

Shane’s Free Pick

Tennessee has struggled to cover the spread as favorites in the tournament, and it’s going to happen again here. FAU scored 78 points in the last game against FDU, and they are going to run up the score again in this game. FAU might end up scoring enough to win, but if they lose it’s only going to be a basket. Davis is going to have another big game, and FAU is going to cover the spread. Back FAU against the spread. 

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