Florida Gulf Coast vs. Fairleigh Dickinson Picks For East Region Play-In Game

    Florida Gulf Coast vs. Fairleigh Dickinson picks for the NCAA Tournament's East Region play-in game. Find out who's predicted to win and play the North Carolina Tar Heels in Round 1.

    March 15, 2016


    Florida Gulf Coast vs. Fairleigh Dickinson picks for the NCAA Tournament’s play-in game.


    The first of the East Region’s two play-in games, the contest between Florida Gulf Coast and Fairleigh Dickinson has the air of a sacrificial rite. Whoever makes it out of Dayton has the opportunity to take on the North Carolina Tar Heels in the first round of the NCAA Tournament, thus earning the chance to try and become the first No. 16 seed to upend a No. 1.

    This game is the classic NCAA Tournament matchup of contrasting styles. Florida Gulf Coast boasts a wealth of size, while Fairleigh Dickinson likes to get up the court and bomb away from behind the three-point arc. It should be an entertaining First Four game in Dayton.

    Florida Gulf Coast vs. Fairleigh Dickinson Picks

    Pete Fiutak

    Can Fairleigh Dickinson make enough bombs from three to get to the battle with North Carolina? Nope … The darling of a few years ago, FGCU will roll on the boards over Fairleigh Dickinson and into the first round loss to North Carolina. If this was a fair and just world, FGCU would beat the Tar Heels and play former head coach Andy Enfield and USC in the second round.

    Ray Crawford

    The Eagles will fly out of Dayton, only to get grounded by the Heels.

    Shae Peppler

    Florida Gulf Coast enters the field with a play-in victory over Fairleigh Dickinson, but that is where the victory ends.

    Ken Bikoff

    Good guards win in the NCAA Tournament, and FGCU is blessed with good guards.

    Jordan Cornette

    This isn’t your granddaddy’s Dunk City team, and they lose to Fairleigh Dickinson (who, by the way, has no chance against North Carolina).

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