SWEET 16: (9) FAU vs (4) Tennessee

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    Sweet 16East Region9:00pm EST (TBS)
    (9) Florida Atlantic Owls (33-3) vs (4) Tennessee Volunteers (25-10)

    In the wake of losing point guard Zakai Zeigler to a torn ACL just 3 weeks ago, the logic behind fading the Vols in March Madness seemed more reasonable than it looks now.

    Despite losing an undeniable spark offensively in Zeigler, they have relied on their top-ranked defense (#1 overall in defensive efficiency), and role players have been rising to the occasion with their extra minutes.

    The return of senior guard Josiah-Jordan James has also been a massive boost for Tennessee, as a classic glue-guy doing all the little things needed to upend Duke and advance.

    Say what you want about the competition that Florida Atlantic’s faced as Conference USA champions, but the Owls have won more NCAA games than anyone outside of the Houston Cougars.

    Sophomore guard Johnell Davis is the straw that stirs the drink for FAU, and he’s averaging over 20 PPG on 50% shooting in the Tournament thus far.

    FAU’s 28th ranked offensive efficiency will get a stout test tonight at Madison Square Garden against a truly elite Vols defense.

    I’m a Power-user of Tennessee Unders in the month of March, so why stop now?

    I also like the Vols advancing to the Elite 8 in a tight one, so sprinkling that moneyline into some parlays could be a wise choice here.

    PICKS: Under 129.5 & Parlay Tennessee ML (-220)

    Santiago Vescovi (TENN) – Over 2.5 3-Pointers (-110) & Over 15.5 Points (+110)
    Josiah-Jordan James (TENN) – Over 12.5 Points (+125)

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