Florida Atlantic @ Memphis
Regular Season Records: Florida Atlantic 31-3; Memphis 26-8
What to Know
The #24 Memphis Tigers and the #25 Florida Atlantic Owls are set to clash at 9:20 p.m. ET March 17 at Nationwide Arena in the first round of the NCAA Tournament.
The Tigers beat the Houston Cougars 75-65 on Sunday. Guard Kendric Davis took over for Memphis, finishing with 31 points (a whopping 41% of their total) along with five rebounds.
Meanwhile, the Owls earned some more postseason success in their contest on Saturday. They were the clear victors by a 78-56 margin over the UAB Blazers. Among those leading the charge for Florida Atlantic was guard Alijah Martin, who shot 5-for-10 from downtown and finished with a double-double on 30 points and 11 boards.
Barring any buzzer beaters, Memphis is expected to win a tight contest Friday. They are currently two-for-two against the spread in their most recent games, a trend bettors might want to take into account.
A couple defensive numbers to keep in mind before tip-off: Memphis have been holding their opponents to a field goal percentage of 40.20%, which places them 17th in college basketball. Florida Atlantic is completely their equal: they also come into the game with 40.20% field goal percentage.
How To Watch
- When: Friday at 9:20 p.m. ET
- Where: Nationwide Arena -- Columbus, Ohio
- TV: TNT
- Follow: CBS Sports App
- Ticket Cost: $1,800.00
The Tigers are a slight 1.5-point favorite against the Owls, according to the latest college basketball odds.
The oddsmakers had a good feel for the line for this one, as the game opened with the Tigers as a 2.5-point favorite.
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This is the first time these teams have played each other within the last eight years.