2023 NCAA Tournament Fairleigh Dickinson vs Florida Atlantic: Preview, odds, how to watch, more

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Fairleigh Dickinson looks to keep their Cinderella run going
Fairleigh Dickinson guard Grant Singleton (4) celebrates after a basket against Purdue in the second half of a first-round college basketball game in the men’s NCAA Tournament in Columbus, Ohio, Friday, March 17, 2023. (AP Photo/Michael Conroy)

Fairleigh Dickinson looks to keep their Cinderella story going after their shocking first-round upset of Purdue when they take on Florida Atlantic with a trip to the Sweet Sixteen on the line. 


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#9 Florida Atlantic Owls (32-3) vs #16 Fairleigh Dickinson Knights (21-15)

How to Watch:

  • DATE: Sunday, March 19th 
  • TIME: 7:45 p.m. ET
  • CHANNEL: truTV

Betting Odds:

  • MONEYLINE: FAU (-1000) FDU (+650)
  • SPREAD: FAU -15.5
  • TOTAL: 149


Tale of the Tape:

Florida Atlantic STAT Fairleigh Dickinson
21st KenPom Ranking 274th
78.4 (39th) Points Per Game 77.5 (52nd)
65.0 (42nd) Points Allowed Per Game 74.1 (296th)
151st KenPom Adjusted Tempo 114th
28th KenPom Off Ranking 145th
37th KenPom DEF Ranking



126th KenPom Strength of Schedule


Automatic Qualifier Qualification

Automatic Qualifier


Florida Atlantic leaders:

Johnell Davis and FAU take on Fairleigh Dickinson
Florida Atlantic guard Johnell Davis (1) shoots against UAB guard Jordan Walker (10) during the first half in an NCAA college basketball game of the Conference USA Tournament final in Frisco, Texas, Saturday, March 11, 2023. (AP Photo/LM Otero)
  • Johnell Davis, G: 13.5 PPG, 5.2 RPG, 1.5 APG, 1.5 SPG, 39.3% 3PT
  • Alijah Martin, G: 13.1 PPG, 5.3 RPG, 1.5 APG, 1.0 SPG, 36.4% 3PT


Fairleigh Dickinson leaders:

Demetre Roberts Fairleigh Dickinson
Fairleigh Dickinson guard Demetre Roberts (2) celebrates in the second half of a first-round college basketball game against Purdue in the men’s NCAA Tournament in Columbus, Ohio, Friday, March 17, 2023. (AP Photo/Michael Conroy)
  • Demetre Roberts, G – 16.5 PPG, 3.0 RPG, 4.3 APG, 1.3 SPG
  • Ansley Almonor, F – 13.8 PPG, 4.7 RPG, 1.4 APG, 38.2% 3PT



Fairleigh Dickinson pulled off the biggest upset of the 2023 NCAA tournament with a win over Purdue in their first-round game, making them the second #16 to knock off a #1 seed in tournament history. Purdue was the 8th-ranked team in KenPom’s rankings and featured a mammoth center in Zach Edey, so the fact that the Knights were able to knock them off despite being the smallest team in the tournament says everything you need to know about their scrappiness and resolve.

They will try to keep the momentum going with a win over Florida Atlantic, who is coming off a 66-65 win over Memphis as 1.5-point underdogs.

Fairleigh Dickinson rebounds the ball well and is aggressive on the offensive glass, which bothered Purdue who was surprised by the physicality of the underdogs. It will give the Knights more scoring chances, and they’ve also done a good job protecting the ball, so they won’t give the Owls a lot of easy-scoring opportunities. Those will be crucial areas if they can hope to keep this game close. 

However, Fairleigh Dickinson will need to have a much better offensive performance in the second round if they want to compensate for their poor defense. Against Purdue, the Knights scored 63 points but hit just 38.7% from the field and 30.4% from beyond the arc. That’s likely not going to cut it on Sunday. 

This Florida Atlantic team can score with most offenses in the country and is led by a dynamic veteran backcourt. The Owls do a tremendous job protecting the ball, which will be key against a Knights team that loves to force turnovers and is averaging more than eight steals per game.

The defensive pressure from Demetre Roberts bothered the young guards of Purdue all game on Friday, and he will not doubt be looking to do that again. However, I don’t think Florida Atlantic will be as impacted.

At the end of the day, I just think the Owls are too deep and talented. The Fairleigh Dickinson story has been tremendous, but I think this is where it ends. 

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