Posted on: March 23, 2023, 10:55h.
Final up to date on: March 23, 2023, 12:00h.
Solely 16 groups stay within the 2023 NCAA males’s school basketball match. Heading into the Candy 16, Florida Atlantic College (FAU) and Princeton are the betting lengthy photographs on DraftKings’ school basketball futures board to win the “March Insanity” championship. Princeton has the longest odds within the Candy 16 at +16000, whereas FAU is the second-biggest lengthy shot at successful the championship at +5000.
With the #9 seed, FAU squares off in opposition to #4 Tennessee on Thursday night within the East Regional at Madison Sq. Backyard in New York Metropolis. Tennessee is +1000 odds to win the championship, however they misplaced their greatest playmaker when level guard Zakai Zeigler tore his ACL in opposition to Arkansas earlier within the month.
Princeton has the bottom remaining seed at #15, and so they meet #6 Creighton on Friday within the South Regional on the KFC Yum! Middle in Louisville, Ky. Creighton is +1600 odds to win March Insanity.
No staff decrease than a #8 seed within the match ever gained the championship. FAU and Princeton are attempting to make historical past as the largest lengthy shot to win March Insanity throughout a yr during which quite a few high seeds had been upset within the first two rounds.
Alabama and Houston are the one two remaining #1 seeds within the Candy 16, and each are the betting favorites to win the championship. Alabama is the consensus favourite at +340, with Houston proper behind them at +350.
UCLA and Texas are the one #2 seeds certified for the Candy 16. UCLA is +800 odds to win the title, and Texas is +1000 odds.
#9 FAU (33-3) vs. #4 Tennessee (25-10)
- Level Unfold: Tennessee -5.5
- Whole: 129.5 o/u
- Moneyline: FAU +195 / Tennessee -210
- Tip-off: Thursday 6 p.m. PT on TBS
The FAU Owls gained 33 video games this season, together with an ideal 17-0 file on their Boca Raton, Florida house courtroom. They went 18-2 in Convention USA this season and gained the C-USA convention match to safe an automated bid to March Insanity.
FAU stays one of many hottest groups whereas driving excessive on a nine-game successful streak. The pesky Owls solely misplaced three video games this season, and all three losses had been on the highway.
FAU squeaked out a 1-point victory in opposition to #8 Memphis within the opening spherical. Within the second spherical, FAU squared off in opposition to #16 Fairleigh Dickinson, who shocked #1 Purdue with a first-round upset. FAU ended Fairleigh Dickinson’s magical Cinderella run with a 78-70 victory, and the Owls superior to the Candy 16.
FAU runs a four-out offense with 4 guards on the perimeter and a conventional heart within the paint. Sophomore guard Johnell Davis leads FAU with 13.9 factors per sport, and he’s taking pictures 39% from 3-point vary this season. He led all scorers with 29 factors in opposition to FDU.
The Tennessee Vols blew an enormous lead in opposition to #13 Louisiana within the opening spherical. The Ragin’ Cajuns put up a very good combat within the second half in opposition to Tennessee and solely misplaced by three factors though they had been +11.5 underdogs. Within the second spherical, Tennessee performed a bodily sport and dominated #5 Duke in a 13-point victory.
Tennessee has an honest rating on two widespread score websites that analyze superior metrics. KenPom ranked Tennessee #6 within the nation, whereas Torvik ranked the Vols at #5. FAU earned the #21 rating on KenPom, and Torvik ranked the Owls at #24.
#15 Princeton (23-8) vs. #6 Creighton (23-12)
- Level Unfold: Creighton -10
- Whole: 138.5 o/u
- Moneyline: Princeton +410 / Creighton -510
- Tip-off: Friday, 6 p.m. PT on TBS
The Princeton Tigers earned an automated bid representing the Ivy League and shocked #2 Arizona within the opening spherical. As a #15 seed, Princeton was a +16 underdog and defeated Arizona by 4 factors.
Princeton’s Cinderella run continued in opposition to #7 Missouri within the second spherical. Princeton was solely a +6.5 underdog, however they crushed Missouri with a 15-point victory. Senior guard Ryan Langborg led all scorers with 22 factors for Princeton, and sophomore guard Blake Peters added 17 factors off the bench with 5 3-pointers.
Princeton is anchored by senior ahead Tosan Evbuomwan, born in Newcastle, England. As Princeton’s main scorer, Evbuomwan averages 14.8 factors, 6.3 rebounds, and 4.8 assists per sport. Evbuomwan scored 15 factors within the first spherical and was the one participant from Princeton to notch double digits in scoring within the upset over Arizona.
Creighton secured a spot within the Candy 16 with two simple victories, and so they lined the unfold in each video games. The Blue Jays defeated #11 North Carolina State by 9 factors within the opening spherical and beat #3 Baylor by 9 factors within the second spherical.
Princeton may have a troublesome time matching up in opposition to Creighton’s frontline. As Creighton’s main scorer, Ryan Kalkbrenner, a 7-foot-1 heart, averages 15.7 factors per sport. Kalkbrenner dropped 31 factors and blocked three photographs in a dominating efficiency in opposition to NC State within the first spherical.
Of the remaining Candy 16 groups, Princeton is the lowest-ranked squad on each KenPom and Torvik. Princeton earned a #91 rating on KenPom, whereas Torvik ranked the Tigers at #94. KenPom ranked Creighton at #12 within the nation, however the Blue Jays are ranked #13 in accordance with Torvik.