The FAU Owls and Memphis Tigers meet Friday in the college basketball NCAA Tournament First Round at the Nationwide Arena. Let’s preview this game and give out a pick and prediction.
The FAU Owls are averaging 79.3 points on 47.2 percent shooting and allowing 65.7 points on 41.1 percent shooting. Johnell Davis is averaging 13.5 points and 1.5 assists, while Alijah Martin is averaging 13.2 points and 5.4 rebounds. Vladislav Goldin is the third double-digit scorer and Nicholas Boyd is grabbing 4.1 rebounds. The FAU Owls are shooting 37.8 percent from beyond the arc and 71.2 percent from the free throw line. The FAU Owls are allowing 33.3 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 35.2 rebounds per game.
The Memphis Tigers are averaging 79.5 points on 48.1 percent shooting and allowing 72.6 points on 40.9 percent shooting. Kendrick Davis is averaging 21.8 points and 3.7 rebounds, while DeAndre Williams is averaging 17.9 points and 7.9 rebounds. Elijah McCadden is dishing 1.5 assists and Keonte Kennedy is grabbing 2.6 rebounds. The Memphis Tigers are shooting 34.4 percent from beyond the arc and 74.1 percent from the free throw line. The Memphis Tigers are allowing 31.4 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 31.9 rebounds per game.
The Owls are 0-4 ATS in their last 4 Friday games and 5-2 ATS in their last 7 games overall. The Tigers are 5-1 ATS in their last 6 neutral site games and 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games overall. The under is 20-7 in Owls last 27 Friday games. The under is 10-4 in Tigers last 14 Friday games.
The Memphis Tigers are getting the benefit of the doubt here just because, but this line should tell you that FAU is nothing to be played with. While the schedule hasn't been difficult, FAU does just about everything right, has a combination of athleticism and size and is as well coached as any team in the land. We've backed FAU a lot this season, and I don't see a reason to stop now. FAU could win this game and give Purdue all it could handle in the next round. Don't sleep on the Owls.