Fairleigh Dickinson Knights vs Florida Gulf Coast Eagles (-5.5, 152)
returns to the NCAA Tournament for the first time since pulling off two
huge upsets to reach the Sweet 16 three years ago as it faces Fairleigh
Dickinson on Tuesday in the First Four at Dayton, Ohio. Florida Gulf
Coast is back after winning the Atlantic Sun tournament while the
Knights rebounded from a 2-6 start to win the Northeast Conference.
Eagles, who shocked Georgetown and San Diego State in 2013 when the
team was nicknamed “Dunk City,” has won at least 20 games in four
consecutive seasons. Junior forward Marc Eddy Norelia leads FGCU in
scoring (17.2) and rebounding (9.2) while shooting 53.9 percent from the
field. Fairleigh Dickinson makes its fifth appearance in the NCAA
Tournament and first since 2005 with the youngest team in the nation,
made up of mostly freshmen and sophomores, which beat Wagner 87-79 in
the NEC final. The winner of the matchup between No. 16 seeds will
advance to play top-seeded North Carolina on Thursday in East Regional
at Raleigh, N.C.
TV: 6:40 p.m. ET, truTV
Florida Gulf Coast opened as 6-point favorites in the first game of the
NCAA Tournament and have been bet down to -5.5. The total has been bet
down a half point from 152.5 to 152.
INJURY REPORT: No injuries to report.
ABOUT FAIRLEIGH DICKINSON (18-14, 2-1 ATS, 2-1 O/U):
The Knights, who were 8-21 in 2014-15, are averaging 80.5 points over
the last four games and have won five in a row overall. Darian Anderson
is averaging 15.4 points and fellow sophomore Earl Potts Jr. is next at
14.7 after the duo provided 28 and 27, respectively, in the NEC
Championship game. Marques Townes (11.4) and Stephan Jiggetts (11.2)
also average in double figures scoring for the Knights, who boast five
players with at least 30 3-pointers and force 15.4 turnovers per game.
ABOUT FGCU (20-13, 3-3-1 ATS, 3-4 O/U):
Norelia was one rebound shy of his fourth straight double-double last
time out in the 80-78 overtime win over Stetson while sophomore
Antravious Simmons stepped up with career highs of 21 points and 12
boards. Simmons is fifth on the team at 7.7 points per game and two
others join Norelia in double figures – Christian Terrell (12.6) and
Zach Johnson (11.2). The Eagles are also a young team with 84 percent of
their points and 88 percent of their rebounds coming from
* Fairleigh Dickinson is 1-6 ATS in its last seven neutral site games.
* Florida Gulf Coast is 12-1 ATS in its last 13 neutral site games.
* Under is 5-2 in Fairleigh Dickinson’s last seven neutral site games.
* Under is 12-5-1 in Florida Gulf Coast’s last 18 overall.
Wichita State Shockers vs. Vanderbilt Commodores (+3.5, 135)
State will make its fifth consecutive appearance in the NCAA Tournament
when it takes on Vanderbilt in the First Four at Dayton, Ohio on
Tuesday night. Wichita State struggled to a 5-5 start, due in part to
injuries, and won 19 of 21 before losing to Northern Iowa in the
Missouri Valley Conference semifinals while the Commodores earned their
first bid since 2012.
The Shockers need to advance one step to
reach 25 victories for the seventh straight season and will lean on
senior guards Ron Baker and Fred VanVleet, a two-time MVC Player of the
Year. Wichita State will be at a size disadvantage and must get strong
play inside against Vanderbilt’s 7-0 center Damian Jones, who was named
to the SEC’s first team while averaging 14.2 points and shooting almost
60 percent from the field. The Commodores impressed the committee with
wins over Kentucky and Texas A&M along with a pair against fellow
bubble team Florida. The winner of the game between the two 11 seeds
will meet No. 6 seed Arizona on Thursday in Providence, R.I.
TV: 9:10 p.m. ET, truTV
LINE HISTORY: Wichita
State opened as 3-point favorites and have been bet up to -3.5. The
total has been bet up a half point from 134.5 to 135.
Wichita State – L. Shamet (out Tuesday, foot).
Vanderbilt – No injuries to report.
ABOUT WICHITA STATE (24-8, 18-12 ATS, 13-16-1 O/U):
Baker is second all time in team history with 237 makes from 3-point
range, but was held to 0-of-5 from behind the arc against Northern Iowa.
Baker averages 14.2 points, while VanVleet is the only other player in
double figures (12.0) after struggling to 3-of-15 from the field the
last two games. Forward Anton Grady, a transfer from Cleveland State,
picked up his production in the last four games while averaging 13.3
points and 5.5 rebounds, draining 20-of-30 from the field.
ABOUT VANDERBILT (19-13, 15-15 ATS, 15-14-1 O/U):
The Commodores dropped their last two games, including a heartbreaker
to Tennessee in the SEC tournament, after winning four in a row. Jones
has been in double figures nine straight games and grabs 6.9 rebounds
per contest – second on the team behind Luke Kornet (7.2). Wade Baldwin
IV tops the team in scoring (14.3) despite struggling from the field
(15-of-46) the last four games and backcourt partner Matthew
Fisher-Davis (9.9) has drained 45.7 percent of his 3-point attempts.
* Wichita State is 1-10 ATS in its last 11 neutral site games.
* Vanderbilt is 1-4 ATS in its last five NCAA Tournament games.
* Over is 4-0 in Wichita State’s last four NCAA Tournament games.
* Over is 8-2 in Vanderbilt’s last 10 overall.