NCAAB: #9 Florida Atlantic vs #8 Memphis Odds, and Picks (Mar 17)

  • Florida Atlantic continued to surge with a 78-56 win over UAB.
  • Memphis stunned #1 Houston in the AAC final, winning 75-65.
  • This will be the very first matchup between these two teams in their program histories.

Florida Atlantic (31-3) and Memphis (26-8) face off in a stellar bout between two dominant mid-major teams. The winner of this game will certainly pose a legitimate threat to #1 Purdue in the 2nd round.

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How to Watch

  • Where: Nationwide Arena, Columbus, OH
  • When: Friday, March 17, 2023, at 9:20 p.m ET
  • How to Watch: TNT


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Florida Atlantic finished off a historic regular season with a dominant, 22-point win over UAB in the C-USA finals. They currently sit at 31-3 on the year, posing a legitimate threat to both #8 Memphis, and potentially #1 Purdue. The Owls are capable on both ends of the court, ranking in the top-40 in both offensive and defensive efficiency. Memphis does too, so they’ll still have to be at their best to win.

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Memphis got their best win of the season in their final game, taking down the #1 team in the country, Houston, by 10-points. With the AAC title locked up, the Tigers will shift their focus to the tournament, where they got a brutal draw against 31-3 FAU. Memphis has the talent to make a deep run, but faces a brutal path with Purdue and Duke nearby as well. They’ll need to topple FAU in this one first.


This is a frustrating matchup by the committee. Both FAU and Memphis are great teams that could have made deep runs had they been matched up with one of the SEC or Big-10 8/9 seeds. Instead, one of them is guaranteed to lose here. Both are red-hot after winning their conference titles. I see Memphis’ win over Houston and close loss to Alabama as proof they can hang with the best.



Keith McCarthy is an experienced sports analyst with a passion for predicting the outcomes of games spanning across sports such as football, basketball, baseball, and hockey, with a special expertise in college sports.

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