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NCAA Tournament Betting Pick & Prediction: FAU Owls vs. Tennessee Volunteers - March 23, 2023

March 22, 2023

The 4th-seeded Tennessee Volunteers get set to take on the upset-minded and 9th-seeded Florida Atlantic Owls Thursday in the East Region Sweet 16 inside famed Madison Square Garden, New York, New York. They jump it at 9 pm and the Volunteers are favored by five points in what should be a very intriguing clash.Tennessee Volunteers Betting PreviewThe Volunteers (25-10) advanced this far after they upset their streaking Duke Blue Devils in the second round, 65-52. They played a brilliant game and really made some defensive plays down the stretch and in crunch time.They were paced by their solid senior forward Oliver Nkamhoua, who led all scorers on his team with 27 points on 10-of-13 shooting, including 3-of-4 from beyond the arc. The Vols did a great job of limiting the Blue Devils second chance opportunities and they did not allow them to get out and run, which they do best. Over, the Vols are paced by senior guard Santiago Vescovi, who leads the team in scoring with 12 points per clip to go along with four rebounds and three assists. He is a solid player who can create off the dribble and plant himself on the low block and do damage. As a whole offense, the Vols average 71 points and do a wonderful job on the defensive side as they only allow 57.8 points per contest. The under might just be in play here. Florida Atlantic Owls Betting PreviewThe Owls (33-3) have been the darlings of the tourney so far as they have gotten to this point by shocking 8th-seeded Memphis and then they were able to dispatch 16th-seeded and upset-minded Fairleigh Dickinson over the weekend, 78-70. They had a remarkable regular season and also had an incredible winning streak during the year and they eclipsed 30 plus wins and they are playing with house money.They do not get rattled and really take on the personality of their head coach. Against Memphis, they rallied late and hung on for the win and against Fairleigh Dickinson, they pulled away late for the eight-point win.On offense, they are led by sophomore guard Johnell Davis, who leads the club in scoring with 12 points a game and he also contributes just under six rebounds and two assists. But, he also gets some help from his teammate and fellow guard, Alijah Martin who nets around 13.1 points to go along with just under six assists too. Both players can get to the rim and they know how to create off the dribble, plus they know how to get others involved.As a whole, the Owls average 78 a game while the defense surrenders just 66 points per contest. They connect on 47% from the floor, while drilling 37.2% from beyond the arc. They need to win the battle on the boards and not allow the Vols to get out and push the pace. Game Odds, Series Trends and Free Pick The over/under is 133 and we like the game to hit the under. The Vols are 3-2 in their last five games and 3-2 in their last five games against the number and they are just 4-9 in their road games against the number. The totals have gone over in three of their last five games and nine of their last 20 games at home. The Owls are 5-0 in their last five games and 3-2 in their last five games against the number and 9-5 in their road games against the spread. The totals have gone over just twice in their last five games and just eight out of their last 18 games at home.Persian Pick: Tennessee Vols - 5