The best game of the First Round will conclude the Friday action in the East region. Florida Atlantic, the ninth seed and 31-win champ of Conference USA, will battle the eight seed, and AAC champion, Memphis Tigers. The winner of the battle will get the winner of #1 Purdue vs #16 Texas Southern/FDU. Below is our pick for Florida Atlantic vs Memphis in the first round of the NCAA Tournament.
Florida Atlantic vs Memphis Betting Pick
|ℹ️ The Pick:||Memphis -2.5|
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This game will be played at Nationwide Arena at 9:20 p.m. ET on Friday, March 17, 2023.
✅ Memphis has lost just two times since early February, both against Houston, going 9-2 in those 11 games.
✅ The Tigers are hitting their stride at the right time and have an experienced roster who have been here before.
✅ Florida Atlantic has not had many opportunities against teams of Memphis’ caliber and they will be outmatched on Friday.
Florida Atlantic Owls – We Would Be a Five Seed in the AAC
Florida Atlantic capped off a great regular season with 31 wins and a 22-point win in the Conference USA Conference Tournament. The Owls were going to get an at-large bid regardless of the outcome on Saturday, but them taking care of business probably means they are under seeded as a nine seed.
Since February 1st, Florida Atlantic is the 34th best team in the nation, are 10-2 in their 12 games during that time span, and are top 60 in both offensive and defensive efficiency.
Florida Atlantic is set to make their second appearance in the NCAA Tournament, first since 2002, and are hoping to get their first ever win.
Memphis Tigers – Playing Well at the Right Time
Memphis has been great to end the season and they cemented that with an impressive win over the top ranked Houston Cougars in the AAC Championship game. The Tigers took advantage of Houston injuries, but they will not apologize for this win.
Over the last six weeks, Memphis ranks as the 10th best team in the nation, are 9-3 in their 12 games during that span, and are a top 21 team in both offensive and defensive efficiency.
Memphis is back in the NCAA Tournament for the second consecutive season and looking to get to the second weekend for the first time since the 2009 season.