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Can FGCU Shock the World Again?

It has been three years since Florida Gulf Coast captured the nation’s attention and imagination in the 2013 NCAAB Tournament. The Eagles, who were in March Madness for the first time in their school’s history, knocked off No.2 Georgetown and No.7 San Diego State and finished the tourney a perfect 3-0 ATS for bettors. FGCU will look to remain a perfect play for bettors and book a date with UNC when they take on the Fairleigh Dickinson Knights in a play-in game Tuesday.

Shark Bites
  • Fairleigh Dickinson is 5-2 ATS in their past seven games as underdogs.
  • The UNDER is 7-3 in FGCU’s past 10 games in the month of March.
  • FGCU is 2-5 ATS in their past seven games as favorites.

The Eagles were looking like a longshot to be dancing this season just a few weeks ago, but the team won seven of their final nine games to claim the Atlantic Sun Conference title and a chance to captivate the country once again. FGCU is paced by star forward Marc Eddy Norelia who averaged 17.2 points per game — sixth in the conference, and 9.2 rebounds — second best in the Atlantic Sun.

Fairleigh Dickinson had a similar path to the tournament as FGCU, as the Knights were slumping through mid-February only to win five-straight games to win the Northeast Conference. It will not be easy for Fairleigh Dickinson, as they are one of the few teams in the tournament to average fewer points than they allow this season. However, the sophomore tandem of Darian Anderson and Earl Potts Jr. make for a lethal scoring combination if the Knights get into a shootout. 

Opening Odds & Computer Pick

Betting fans looking to back the Florida Gulf Coast Eagles before tip-off in this one found them as -6-point favorites over at Bovada earlier.

Florida Gulf Coast Eagles vs Fairleigh Dickinson Knights Matchup

Team Betting Records & Power Rankings

The Florida Gulf Coast Eagles will try to spoil to the party and cover the point spread on Tuesday; they are 4-5-1 ATS against the betting line this season, while the Fairleigh Dickinson Knights are 2-1 ATS. Florida Gulf Coast Eagles are 5-5 on betting the total; Fairleigh Dickinson Knights are 2-1.

This game puts the Fairleigh Dickinson Knights, most recently No. 323 in the Odds Shark power rankings, up against the Florida Gulf Coast Eagles, who rate No. 108 in the latest survey.

Recent Outings Betting Recap

Antravious Simmons scored 21 points and helped out with 21 rebounds for Florida Gulf Coast on Sunday, leading the Eagles to a 80-78 victory over Stetson at Alico Arena.

Fairleigh Dickinson earned a 87-79 victory over Wagner on Tuesday, getting 28 points from Darian Anderson at Spiro Sports Center.