First Four Betting Odds: FGCU vs. Fairleigh Dickinson, Vanderbilt vs. Wichita State

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First Four Betting Odds: FGCU vs. Fairleigh Dickinson, Vanderbilt vs. Wichita St has your First Four betting odds for FGCU vs. Fairleigh Dickinson and Vanderbilt vs. Wichita State.

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The Florida Gulf Coast-Fairleigh Dickinson game had the Eagles with their 20-13 Straight Up record on the season as a -5.5 favorite. 

The Eagles (20-13) return to the tournament for the first time since they became national sweethearts - boosted the profile of the Fort Myers, Florida school - with an improbable Sweet Sixteen run as a No. 15 seed in 2013.

''It's a sexy opponent,'' said Greg Herenda, whose Fairleigh Dickinson team will play Florida Gulf Coast in a First Four game Tuesday night. ''The name is out there. They had an incredible run. And now they're a totally different team, but a very, very good team.''

With no seniors on the squad, Fairleigh Dickinson (18-14) is paced by sophomore Darian Anderson, who led a quartet of second-year Knights who averaged in double figures this season.

''Being sophomores, we knew we had to pick it up (because) the coach looks at it as like we we're seniors,'' said guard Stephan Jiggetts. ''We weren't the typical sophomores you would see.''

In the Vanderbilt-Wichita State game, the Shockers were listed as a -3.5 favorite.

The Shockers (24-8) are back in good health and in the NCAA Tournament for the fifth year in a row, facing Vanderbilt (19-13) on Tuesday in the First Four. The Shockers returned three starters from the team that knocked off Indiana and Kansas to reach the Sweet 16 last year.

- Mary Montgomery,

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