Is Memphis a Problem?
There is a fair amount of pressure that comes with being the top-ranked team in the nation. The Gonzaga Bulldogs could find out the way hard against the Memphis Tigers on Saturday.
NCAAB odds have the Bulldogs at -11½, which is a fair line given their form. However, ninth-seeded Memphis could be a problem and it’ll fancy its chances of keeping this second-round game close.
Let’s check the latest news, stats, injury reports, and March Madness Odds for Memphis vs Gonzaga . We’ve plenty of predictions for you to consider.
Tigers Find Their Roar
The Memphis Tigers are never a team to be messed, with as the Boise State Broncos found out in the first round.
Posting a 64-53 win as the -3½ favorites, the Tigers locked down on defense and that could give the Gonzaga Bulldogs something to worry about.
They have talented shooters as well, ranking inside the top 60 in points per game, field goal percentage and 3-point percentage.
There aren’t too many weaknesses for the Tigers, who are 7-3 against the spread in their last 10 games.
Slowing down the top-ranked offense of the Bulldogs won’t be easy, but playing on a neutral court helps and we wouldn’t be surprised to see them push the tournament favorites.
The sportsbook is giving the Tigers a double-digit start, which is worth entertaining, especially if they get off to a good start.
Gonzaga Going About its Business
March Madness bracket has Gonzaga favored to avenge last year’s loss in the title game and win the national championship.
Therefore, we’re not surprised by the short odds available for second-round games against the likes of Memphis.
The Bulldogs scored a 93-72 victory over Georgia State as -22½ underdogs, so they didn’t cover the spread, which largely came down to a poor first half.
Gonzaga was only up by two points at the half, but the offense caught fire and posted 58 second-half points to rout the Panthers.
Often the catalyst for a good performance, Drew Timme had 32 points and 13 rebounds, which sparked a 24-1 run for Gonzaga in the second half.
“My guys had my back and the coaches believed in me. I just had confidence from them,” Timme told ESPN. “It’s really reassuring. It really can help give you a boost when you get a little down on yourself.”
The Bulldogs have been a bad bet over the last couple weeks. They are 1-5-1 ATS over their last seven games, so it doesn’t make for good reading if you’re leaning towards the -10.
Memphis vs Gonzaga Head-to-Head
The Memphis Tigers and Gonzaga Bulldogs haven’t met since 2015, when the Bulldogs won 82-64.
Over the last seven meetings, Memphis has a 5-2 advantage. However, Gonzaga is 4-3 ATS.
Memphis vs Gonzaga Game Information
- Game: Memphis Tigers (22-10) at Gonzaga Bulldogs (27-3)
- Location: Moda Center, Portland, Oregon
- Day/Time: Saturday, 9:40 p.m. ET
- Live stream: TBS.com
- 2022 March Madness bracket
Memphis vs Gonzaga Betting Lines
Memphis vs Gonzaga Prediction
As much as we like the Gonzaga Bulldogs to progress in the tournament, we’re picking the Memphis Tigers to keep it close.
NCAAB betting spreads are in their favor at +10 points and they’re easily good enough to keep the game within single digits.
We would have considered taking the Tigers at +8, so it’s a generous line and they could give Gonzaga a real scare in the second half.
Bookmakers set the total at 154½, and although they’re high-scoring teams, it could come down to a defensive battle. We’re taking the under, but our best bet is Memphis with the points.
Pick: Memphis Tigers +10
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