Memphis vs Florida Atlantic Prediction, Odds & Best Bet for March 17 NCAA Tournament Game (Tigers Shine on Offense)

Memphis vs Florida Atlantic Prediction, Odds & Best Bet for March 17 NCAA Tournament Game (Tigers Shine on Offense)


Memphis vs Florida Atlantic Game Info

  • 2022-23 NCAA Tournament Game
  • Memphis (26-8) vs. Florida Atlantic (31-3)
  • Date: Friday, March 17, 2023
  • Time: 9:20 PM ET
  • Venue: Nationwide Arena -- Columbus, Ohio
  • Coverage: TNT

The 2023 NCAA Tournament continues on Friday with a great Round of 64 matchup between the No. 9 Florida Atlantic Owls and No. 8 Memphis Tigers. Florida Atlantic is back in the big dance for the first time since 2002, while Memphis is making its 28th all-time appearance in the NCAA Tournament.

Florida Atlantic captured the Conference USA title as well as its seventh straight win with a 78-56 victory over UAB on Saturday. Meanwhile, Memphis took down Houston in the AAC Championship by a score of 75-65, which was its sixth win in its last seven games. Which team will advance on Friday?

Memphis vs Florida Atlantic Odds & Spread

Memphis enters this contest as a small favorite on the moneyline and spread per FanDuel Sportsbook's odds. This 9:20 p.m. ET clash also features an over/under of 152.5 points, which is above average compared to Friday's projected totals.

Memphis vs Florida Atlantic Betting Trends

  • Memphis has 20 wins in 34 games against the spread this year.
  • The Tigers' ATS record as 2.5-point favorites or more is 14-11.
  • Out of 34 Memphis' games so far this year, 19 have gone over the total.
  • Florida Atlantic has 22 wins in 32 games against the spread this season.
  • The Owls have an ATS record of 3-2 as 2.5-point underdogs or greater.
  • This season, 17 of Florida Atlantic's 32 games have hit the over.
Memphis Rank Memphis AVG Florida Atlantic AVG Florida Atlantic Rank
22nd 79.8 Points Scored 78.8 27th
235th 71.9 Points Allowed 65.0 41st
151st 32.2 Rebounds 35.6 22nd
181st 8.6 Off. Rebounds 9.2 108th
310th 6.1 3pt Made 9.8 12th
27th 15.7 Assists 14.6 73rd
302nd 13.2 Turnovers 11.3 120th

Memphis vs Florida Atlantic Prediction & Pick

There's no denying that Florida Atlantic has put together a magical season, but it's important to note that the team's best wins came against Florida and UAB. Both of those squads are playing in the NIT. The Owls haven't played a top-25 team all season and that inexperience will prove costly on Friday.

Memphis just took down a Houston team that is slated as a No. 1 seed in the NCAA Tournament and has also beaten Texas A&M, Auburn, and VCU. That's four wins against teams in the tournament field. The Tigers are led by senior Kendric Davis, who is averaging 22.1 points per game (No. 9 in NCAA).

Memphis has won 18 of its last 20 games against a Conference USA team, so back the Tigers.

Final Score Prediction: Memphis: 80 | Florida Atlantic: 75

Memphis vs Florida Atlantic Best Bet

Memphis has a chance to assert its dominance early here. Florida Atlantic is going to have to focus on not letting Davis beat them from deep, which will allow post players like DeAndre Williams and Malcolm Danbridge to score down low. Just one of the Owls' top-six scorers stands above 6-foot-4.

The Tigers are averaging 79.8 points per game on the season (No. 17 in NCAA) and have scored at least 78 points in nine of their last 14 games. They rank 17th in shooting percentage (48.0%) and 68th in offensive efficiency, too. Trust that offense to ball out under the bright lights in Columbus.

Bet: Memphis Tigers Over 77.5 Points (-110)

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