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Sweet 16 first look: FAU vs. Tennessee odds, lines and trends

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The 8th-seeded Florida Atlantic Owls (33-3) meet the No. 4 Tennessee Volunteers (25-10) on Thursday at Madison Square Garden. Tip is scheduled for 9 p.m. ET (TBS). Below, we look at FAU vs. Tennessee odds from Tipico Sportsbook. Plus, check out our expert college basketball picks and predictions.

FAU entered this NCAA Tournament with an 0-1 record in the Big Dance. After a 66-65 win over Memphis, and a 78-70 victory against Fairleigh Dickinson, the Owls find themselves in unchartered territory, playing its first-ever game at Madison Square Garden in New York City.

In the win over FDU, Johnell Davis scored 29 points with 12 rebounds, 5  assists and 5 steals while going 10-of-16 from the field. Davis became the first player in Men’s NCAA Tournament history with 25+ points, 10+ rebounds, 5+ assists and 5+ steals.

The Owls have posted 9 straight victories, while going 6-3 against the spread (ATS) during the impressive run. The Over result against FDU snapped a 4-0 Under run in the postseason for the Owls.

Tennessee powered past Duke 65-52 as a 3-point underdog in the second round, which was much more impressive than its ugly 58-55 victory over Louisiana in the opening round.

The Vols have hit the Under in 3 of 4 games during the postseason, while going low on the total at a 9-4-1 clip in the last 14 games overall. Tennessee is looking for its 1st 3-game win streak since rattling off 4 straight victories and covers from Jan. 17-28.

FAU has never been the Sweet 16, while Tennessee makes its 1st appearance in the Sweet 16 since 2019 when it was bounced by Purdue in overtime.

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FAU vs. Tennessee odds

Provided by Tipico Sportsbook; access USA TODAY Sports Scores and Sports Betting Odds hub for a full list. Lines last updated Monday at 1:13 a.m. ET.

  • Moneyline (ML): FAU +190 (bet $100 to win $190) | Tennessee -240 (bet $240 to win $100)
  • Against the spread (ATS): FAU +5.5 (-110) | Tennessee -5.5 (-110)
  • Over/Under (O/U): 130.5 (O: -115 | U: -105)

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2022-23 betting stats (including postseason):

  • ML: FAU 33-3 | Tennessee 25-10
  • ATS: FAU 22-11-1 | Tennessee 18-17
  • O/U: FAU 17-16-1 | Tennessee 14-20-1

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FAU vs. Tennessee head-to-head

This is the 1st meeting between the Owls and Volunteers on the hardwood.

This is FAU’s 1st game at Madison Square Garden. Tennessee’s last visit to MSG was on Dec. 7, 2021, a 57-52 setback against Texas Tech.

In 2010 at the world’s most famous arena, Tennessee topped Villanova 78-68, cashing as a 6-point underdog as the Over cashed. It also beat VCU that season at MSG, 77-72 as a 3-point favorite, also cashing the Over.

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