NCAA Tournament darling and East Region No. 16 seed Fairleigh Dickinson will try to ward off midnight when it faces off against No. 9 Florida Atlantic on Sunday in Columbus, Ohio.
The Knights pulled off one of the greatest upsets in tournament history by slaying top-seeded Purdue and National Player of the Year favorite Zach Edey 63-58 on Friday night. They are 2-0 in the tournament, after rolling Texas Southern in the First Four on Wednesday, and will try to become the first Northeast Conference school to reach the tournament’s second weekend.
But the Owls are standing in their way. FAU, which held off No. 8 Memphis 66-65 in the nightcap Friday, is 32-3 and riding an eight-game win streak into the second-round game.
Pat Pickens’ March Madness Betting Record: 2-7 (-7 units)
Florida Atlantic vs Fairleigh Dickinson Odds
Note: CBB odds mentioned in this article for Florida Atlantic vs Fairleigh Dickinson were used from BetMGM Sportsbook, unless otherwise noted, and are current as of 1 p.m. ET on Saturday, March 18.
- Moneyline: Florida Atlantic (-900) • Fairleigh Dickinson (+600)
- Spread: FAU -13.5 (-110) • FDU +13.5 (-110)
- Total: Over 149.5 (-110) • Under 149.5 (-110)
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Florida Atlantic vs Fairleigh Dickinson Prediction
FAU 75, FDU 66
The Knights look like a team prepared to scratch and claw against anyone, as proven by their fearless performance against Purdue on Friday. They haven’t lost by more than 11 points in more than three months and should be able to hang tough against the Owls.
But FAU is 15th in the nation in offensive rating and is another top-25-ranked team. At some point, talent prevails, even though the Knights should hang around.
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Florida Atlantic vs Fairleigh Dickinson Best Bets
Fairleigh Dickinson +13.5 (-110) • BetMGM Sportsbook
WAGER: 1 Unit
Betting any team to cover double-digits is a crapshoot this time of year, but wagering against an upstart like FDU — which has shown its toughness and has nothing to lose now — is a fool’s errand.
Make no mistake - the Knights can win the game. But they absolutely should stay within single digits against FAU.
Under 149.5 Points (-110) • BetMGM Sportsbook
WAGER: 1 Unit
If you think Fairleigh Dickinson will win, the Over is the play, since these are two solid offensive teams that average about 75 points scoring per game.
But if you, like me, think FAU will prevail, it will need to keep the Knights offense down and win a sub-150-point game.
Florida Atlantic vs Fairleigh Dickinson Same Game Parlay
Florida Atlantic vs Fairleigh Dickinson SGP (+185) • BetMGM Sportsbook
WAGER: 1 Unit
- Fairleigh Dickinson +15.5
- Under 155.5 Points
- Florida Atlantic Under 80.5 Points
As stated above, I teased up the spread and the total to make the Under and a Knights cover more favorable. In this parlay, a 79-65 FAU win will cover.
That seems extremely favorable given the odds.
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