The No. 8 seed Memphis Tigers (26-8) and the No. 9 seed Florida Atlantic Owls (31-3) will meet in the opening round of the NCAA Tournament on Friday at 9:20 PM. The matchup airs on TNT.
The Tigers take on the Owls in a game that Memphis is currently a slim favorite by 1.5 points. A 151.5-point over/under has been set for the game.
Memphis vs. Florida Atlantic Odds
Point Spread for Memphis vs. Florida Atlantic
The spread for this matchup is set at 1.5 points, with sportsbooks listing Memphis as the favorite.
Memphis vs. Florida Atlantic Moneyline
As for the moneyline, Memphis has -127 odds to pick up the win, while Florida Atlantic is listed at +106 to claim victory.
Finally, the over/under for the game is set at 151.5 points.
Game Time and How to Watch
- Game Day: Friday, March 17, 2023
- Game Time: 9:20 PM ET
- TV Channel: TNT
- Location: Columbus, Ohio
- Arena: Nationwide Arena
Memphis vs. Florida Atlantic Betting Trends
Memphis has played 34 games, with 16 wins against the spread. The Tigers have been victorious in 22, or 88%, of the 25 contests they have been chosen as favorites in this season. Memphis has hit the over in 59.4% of its opportunities this year (19 times in 32 games with a set point total).
Florida Atlantic has played 32 games, with 21 wins, against the spread. The Owls have a 3-2 record in games they were the underdog on the moneyline (winning 60% of those games). Florida Atlantic’s games this season have hit the over on 17 of 32 set point totals (53.1%).
Memphis vs. Florida Atlantic Key Players to Watch
DeAndre Williams paces his squad in rebounds per game (8), and also averages 17.8 points and 2.9 assists. At the other end, he delivers 1.5 steals and 1 block. Elijah McCadden averages 7.6 points, 4.1 rebounds and 1.4 assists per game, shooting 54.4% from the field. Chandler Lawson averages 5 points, 4.5 rebounds and 0.8 assists per contest. Defensively, he delivers 0.7 steals and 0.6 blocked shots.
Johnell Davis is averaging a team-best 13.5 points per game. And he is delivering 5.2 rebounds and 1.5 assists, making 50% of his shots from the floor and 39.3% from beyond the arc, with 1.3 triples per game. Vladislav Goldin is putting up a team-best 6.4 rebounds per game. And he is producing 10.6 points and 0.4 assists, making 64.3% of his shots from the field. The Owls get 13.2 points, 5.4 rebounds and 1.5 assists per game from Alijah Martin. Nicholas Boyd is the Owls’ top assist man (2.5 per game), and he averages 9 points and 4.1 rebounds.
What you need to know about the Memphis Tigers
The Tigers are giving up 71.9 points per game this year (235th-ranked in college basketball), but they’ve really played well on offense, posting 79.8 points per contest (22nd-best). Memphis is grabbing 32.2 rebounds per game (150th-ranked in college basketball) this season, while allowing 31.5 rebounds per contest (194th-ranked).
Memphis is making 6.1 treys per game (311th-ranked in college basketball). It has a 35.6% shooting percentage (98th-ranked) from downtown. This year, the Tigers are giving up 8 threes per game (277th-ranked in college basketball) and are allowing opponents to shoot 30.8% (32nd-ranked) from three-point land.
The Tigers are 6-3-1 against the spread and 8-2 overall in their last 10 contests. Four of Memphis’ last 10 contests have hit the over. Memphis has seen a downturn in scoring lately, putting up 76.9 points per game in its last 10 outings, 2.9 points fewer than the 79.8 it has scored this year. Memphis’ defense has been tough lately, as the team has allowed 68.7 points per game over its past 10 compared to the 71.9 points per game its opponents average on the season.
What you need to know about the Florida Atlantic Owls
In 2022-23, the Owls are 27th in the country on offense (78.8 points scored per game) and 41st on defense (65 points allowed). On the boards, Florida Atlantic is 21st-best in college basketball in rebounds (35.6 per game). It is 96th in rebounds conceded (29.9 per game).
Beyond the arc, Florida Atlantic is 12th-best in the country in 3-pointers made per game (9.8). It is 35th in 3-point percentage at 37.2%. Defensively, the Owls are 72nd in the nation in 3-pointers allowed per game at 6.4. They are 68th in 3-point percentage allowed at 31.9%.
The Owls have gone 9-1 over their past 10 contests, with a 5-5 record against the spread during that span. Six of Florida Atlantic’s past 10 games have gone over the total. Florida Atlantic is averaging 83.1 points per contest in its last 10 games, compared to its season average of 78.8. The Owls are ceding 67.3 points per game over their last 10 games, compared to their season average of 65 points allowed.
Memphis vs. Florida Atlantic Prediction & Pick
Our pick to win this contest is Memphis, and we predict that Florida Atlantic will cover the spread (Memphis -1.5). Finally, we see the scoring in this one going under the posted total of 151.5 points.
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