March Madness Round 64 Lines: Fairleigh Dickinson vs. Florida Atlantic Betting Preview

March Madness 2nd Round Lines: Fairleigh Dickinson vs. Florida Atlantic Betting Preview

Giant killer Fairleigh Dickinson takes on the Florida Atlantic Owls on Sunday in what has to be the most surprising second round matchup at the 2023 NCAA March Madness Tournament. The Knights of Fairleigh Dickinson upset 1-seed Purdue in their first touranament game. Can Fairleigh keep it going? Or will the Owls break Cinderella’s slipper? Check out college basketball odds, analysis, and a free pick for Fairleigh Dickinson versus Florida Atlantic.

We will now preview the game plus our betting prediction for this Round of 64 contest. Keep reading for college basketball lines, analysis, and a free pick for Fairleigh Dickinson vs Florida Atlantic.


2023 March Madness Second Round Game
No. 16 Fairleigh Dickinson Knights vs. No. 9 Florida Atlantic Owls Betting Preview

Fairleigh Dickinson of Northeast meets Florida Atlantic of C-USA in NCAA Tourney Second Round
ATS Odds: Florida Atlantic -13.5
Moneyline Odds: Fairleigh Dickinson +598 / Florida Atlantic -1000
Over/Under Odds: 149 -110
When: Sunday, March 19 at 7:45 pm ET
Where: Nationwide Arena, Columbus, OH
TV / Streaming: truTV/Paramount+


Why Bet on No. 16 Fairleigh Dickinson versus No. 9 Florida Atlantic?

Fairleigh Dickinson Knights defense against the Boilermakers was exceptional. The Knights held Purdue to 36% shooting from the floor and 19% shooting from three.

Even 7’ 4” Purdue center Zach Edey couldn’t get it done, shooting 7-of-11. So although Fairleigh was terrible on the offensive end, 39% from the field and 30% from three, their defense led them to the 63-58 victory, the greatest in NCAA Tournament history.

Fairleigh Dickinson Knights Offensive Averages

  • Points/G: 78.3
  • FG %: 45.5
  • 3PT%: 34.3
  • FT %: 74.9
  • Rebounds/G: 30.7

Fairleigh Dickinson Knights Defensive Averages

  • Points/G: 76.0
  • FG %: 48.4
  • 3PT%: 36.8
  • FT %: 74.7
  • Rebounds/G: 30.5

Why Bet on No. 9 Florida Atlantic versus No. 16 Fairleigh Dickinson?

Florida Atlantic finished the season going 31-2 straight up in their last 33 games. When it comes to covering spreads, FAU went 19-9-1 overall during the regular season.

Counting the 66-65 win against Memphis, the American Athletic Conference Tournament winners, the Owls have gone 6-2 against the spread in their last 8.

FAU averages 79.3 points per game while allowing 65.7. Florida Atlantic can beat Farleigh with their offense or their defense.

Florida Atlantic Offensive Averages

  • Points/G: 79.3
  • FG %: 47.2
  • 3PT%: 37.8
  • FT %: 71.2
  • Rebounds/G: 35.2

Florida Atlantic Defensive Averages

  • Points/G: 65.7
  • FG %: 41.1
  • 3PT%: 33.3
  • FT %: 74.5
  • Rebounds/G: 29.8

Fairleigh Dickinson vs. Florida Atlantic Betting Trends

  • Knights are 4-0 ATS in their last 4 games
  • Fairleigh Dickinson is 4-10 ATS in their last 14 games at a neutral site
  • Under is 4-0 in the Knights last 4
  • Owls are 6-2 ATS in their last 8
  • Florida Atlantic is 5-2 ATS in their last 7 following a straight up win
  • Under is 4-0 in the last 4 overall

Florida Atlantic Owls vs Fairleigh Dickinson Knights Betting Odds and Prediction

So far, 75% of hoops handicappers are siding with the Fairleigh Dickinson Knights to cover. At first glance, that seems like the way to go.

FDU upset a 1-seed while FAU beat Memphis by a point. But a deeper dive reveals that Florida Atlantic is the much better team.

Fairleigh should again struggle from the field. The only reason they beat Purdue is because the Boilermakers didn’t matchup well with the 16-seed. Florida Atlantic matches up great. The Owls have much more speed and their defense is on par with the better teams in the tournament.

The Owls keep their Cinderella story alive. Florida Atlantic ends Fairleigh Dickinson’s run with a win and cover.

March Madness Pick: Florida Atlantic -14.3 | Bet Fairleigh Dickinson vs Florida Atlantic Today
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