Florida Atlantic vs Fairleigh Dicksinson odds, picks, TV channel: expert predictions for NCAA Tournament second-round game

“I want Purdue to see this. The more I watch Purdue, the more I think we can beat them. Shot, Tobin Anderson fighter, Fairleigh Dickinson head coach, and something tells me he thinks his Knights can beat Florida Atlantic as a double-digit underdog.

For only the second time, a No. 16 seed advanced to the Round of 16, as Fairleigh Dickinson became the third consecutive low seed to give Purdue an early exit (No. 13, No. 15 and No. 16). FDU, which didn’t win its conference in the regular season or the conference tournament but was able to do so due to Merrimack’s ineligibility, turned in a decent showing from Fairleigh on Friday.

History is already written. Now they are playing with house money.

In order to keep the dream alive, Fairleigh Dickinson will have to beat Florida Atlantic, who won a last-second nail-biter against Memphis as a slight underdog. The two teams have never faced each other before, and FAU, which has improved to 22-11 ATS and 32-3 overall this season, will be looking to make the Sweet 16 for the first time in school history. .

It is only the smallest school in the Tournament that stands in the way. No pressure.

Follow The Athletic’s live coverage of the second round of the NCAA Tournament.

What: Eastern Region, second round

Departure time: 7:45 p.m. ET Sunday

Television: tru TV

Location: Nationwide Arena, Columbus

Odds are sourced from BetMGM and are updated live.

Choice of experts

Model projection: FAU of 15.2, total 151.8

Check out Austin Mock’s best bets for the second round

Florida Atlantic Players to Watch

Johnell Davis, second-year guard, All-C-USA first team
Alijah Martin, second-year guard, All-C-USA first team

Fairleigh Dickinson

Demetre Roberts, graduate guard, All-NEC first team
Grant Singleton, graduate guard, All-NEC second team

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