Root Reserve on Florida Atlantic
The Florida Atlantic Owls have covered the spread in 67.7% of their games this season, that is tied for 5th best in the country. The Owls dominated Conference-USA all season, winning both the regular season title and the conference tournament. In their last game they were led by guard Johnell Davis with a crazy stat line of 29 points, 12 rebounds, 5 assists and 5 steals.
Tennessee had 10 loses and is 18-17 ATS. The Owls are 30 games above .500 with a 22-11 ATS record. Florida Atlantic is ranked 22nd overall which is 13th out of the remaining 16 teams in the Tournament. However, they bring balance to the court on both ends. The Owls are ranked 30th in adjusted offensive efficiency and 35th in defensive efficiency. Tennessee might have won their last game because Duke only hit 27.3% of their threes. Their best contribution comes from their defense. But laying points, not lighting up the scoreboard and walking the ball and set up the offense slowly with passing makes covering this game difficult. Tennessee’s
offense ranks 60th in efficiency. The Volunteers do not play fast, their tempo is ranked 278th in the country. It’s doubtful that either team scores over 60 points which could give us a win or at least a cover.