Dickinson vs. Prairie View A&M Prediction
The NCAA Tournament officially gets underway later tonight when Fairleigh Dickinson meets Prairie View A&M in the First Four. Which team had the edge to win the opener?
607 Minnesota vs. 608 Michigan
Tuesday, March 19, 2019
6:40PM ET – University of Dayton Arena
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Public Betting Trends
According to oddsmakers at BetNow.eu, Prairie View A&M is favored in this game, as the Panthers are getting odds of -2 points against Fairleigh Dickinson. The over/under total for the contest is listed at 149 points. The public betting currently has 53 percent going on Fairleigh Dickinson as the underdog. This information is subject to change, however, so be sure to check out our College Basketball Public Betting Page for updated figures on the game.
Panthers on a tear
Prairie View A&M is rolling along right now, winning 11 straight games coming into the NCAA Tournament, including three wins in the SWAC Tournament. The Panthers have also covered the spread in six straight games. A&M is 22-12 on the season, 2-0 on a neutral floor, 18-14-1 against the spread and 20-13 with the over.
The Panthers are putting up 75 points per game on offense while shooting 43.8 percent from the field. Defensively, A&M gives up 72.5 points per game while opponents shoot 45.5 percent against them. Gary Blackston is leading the team with 15.2 points and 7.0 rebounds per game while Devonte Patterson is adding 13.4 points and 4.9 rebounds per contest.
Knights rolling too
Fairleigh Dickinson comes into the tournament on an 8-game win streak after winning the NEC title. The Knights have covered the spread in seven of the eight games during this win streak. Fairleigh Dickinson is 20-13 on the season, 0-0 on a neutral floor, 18-13 against the spread and 17-14 with the under.
The Knights are putting up 75.4 points per game on offense while shooting 47.8 percent from the field and 40.3 percent from the arc. Fairleigh Dickinson is giving up 71.3 points per game on defense while allowing opponents to shoot 44.2 percent from the field. Darnell Edge is leading the team with 16.4 points per game while Jahlil Jenkins is adding 13.5 points and 4.5 assists per contest.
College Basketball Betting Trends
Prairie View A&M
The Panthers have covered the spread in 12 of their last 16 on a neutral site and 1-4-1 ATS in their last six against a team with a winning percentage over .600.
The Knights have covered the spread in four of their last five non-conference games, but just 1-7 ATS in their last eight neutral site games.
Both teams are coming into this game playing very well, but I think the matchup favors the Knights. Fairleigh Dickinson shoots 40 percent from the arc, which is top-5 in the nation. That should be the difference in this game, as the Panthers are a tremendous defensive team. I look for Dickinson to get hot from the arc at some point in this game and that will carry it to a win and cover.
College Basketball Prediction: Fairleigh Dickinson -2