Florida Atlantic vs. Kansas St. Prediction
The NCAA Tournament moves to the Elite Eight round on Saturday evening when 9-seed Florida Atlantic takes on Kansas State at 6:09 p.m. ET on TBS.
Game Matchup & Betting Odds
651 Florida Atlantic Owls (+2) vs. 652 Kansas State Wildcats (-2); o/u 144.5
6:09 p.m. ET, Saturday, March 25, 2023
Madison Square Garden, New York, NY
Florida Atlantic vs. Kansas State Public Betting Information
Our CBB Public Betting Information page indicates that 70% of public bettors are currently backing Kansas State when it comes to the spread. This information is subject to change throughout the day, however, so be sure to check the link so you’re receiving the most up-to-date public betting data.
Florida Atlantic Owls Game Notes
FAU came back in the second half to beat 4-seed Tennessee 62-55 in Thursday's Sweet 16 matchup and now will face 3-seed Kansas State in Saturday's Elite Eight. The 9-seed Owls, wearing Cinderella's slipper? Not quite.
"We're where we're supposed to be," guard Nicholas Boyd said. "We're going to keep moving, keep working. Can't count us out no more. We're here to stay and we're going to keep fighting no matter who we line up against, who we play.
"We're going to keep making statements."
Kansas State Wildcats Game Notes
Markquis Nowell finished Thursday's 98-93 OT victory over Michigan State with 20 points (7-18 FG, 2-6 3Pt, 4-4 FT), three rebounds, 19 assists and five steals in 43 minutes. Nowell logged yet another star performance during his homecoming to New York City on Thursday, as he set a new NCAA Tournament record for assists in a game. The fifth-year senior appeared to suffer a bad injury when he rolled hard on his right ankle early in the second half. However, after a short evaluation on the Wildcats' bench, he returned to play out the remainder of regulation and the entire overtime session. This included Nowell delivering a sensational alley-oop pass to his running mate Keyontae Johnson in overtime, marking his record-tying 18th assist. Nowell would go on to seal the game with a clutch steal as Michigan State attempted to get off a game-tying three-pointer in the waning seconds. The 5-foot-8 point guard has been one of the biggest stories of the NCAA Tournament so far, averaging 21.3 points, 14.0 assists and 3.7 steals while shooting 47.7 percent from the field during Kansas State's run to the Elite 8. He'll look to follow up this outstanding three-game stretch when Kansas State faces either Florida Atlantic at Madison Square Garden on Saturday.
Florida Atlantic vs. Kansas State Elite Eight Betting Trends
Under is 5-1 in Owls last 6 overall
Under is 5-1 in Owls last 6 games following a straight up win
Under is 20-8-1 in Owls last 29 neutral site games
Over is 5-0 in Wildcats last 5 NCAA Tournament games
Over is 5-1 in Wildcats last 6 overall
Florida Atlantic vs. Kansas State Elite Eight Prediction:
The Owls are 15-5-1 against the spread in their last 21 games following an ATS win, are 18-7-2 against the number in their last 27 games versus a team with a winning percentage above .600 and have cashed in seven of their last 10 games overall. Most had FAU going out in the first round of the tournament to Memphis. Even though the Owls topped the Tigers, they failed to cover against 16-seed Fairleigh Dickinson when public bettors hammered the Knights at the betting window, then not many had FAU upsetting Tennessee in the Sweet 16. Considering how many Cinderella’s crack the Final Four, why not the Owls?
Elite Eight BETTING PREDICTION: FLORIDA ATLANTIC OWLS +2