Game Time: 9:40 pm ET, Saturday, March 19, 2022
Venue: Moda Center, Portland, OR
Where to Watch: TBS
Opening Odds at USA Sportsbooks
DraftKings: Point Spread: Memphis +10.5, Gonzaga -10.5; Over/Under: 154.5 points
Bet365: Point Spread: Memphis +10.5, Gonzaga -10.5; Over/Under: 154.5 points
BetMGM: Point Spread: Memphis +10.5, Gonzaga -10.5; Over/Under: 154.5 points
Memphis Tigers: 22-10 (3rd place, AAC)
Gonzaga Bulldogs: 27-3 (1st place, WCC)
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Memphis Tigers vs Gonzaga Bulldogs Preview and Analysis
Memphis Tigers: 4-1 last 5
Gonzaga Bulldogs: 4-1 last 5
Memphis Tigers Analysis
Memphis is coming into this game with a 22-10 record overall and they are 4-2 in their neutral site games this season where they will be in this game. They have won 7 of their last 8 games and are coming into this one off of a win in their last game. Their last loss was against the Houston Cougars while their last 5 wins in that span came against the South Florida Bulls, the Houston Cougars, the UCF Knights, the SMU Mustangs, and the Boise State Broncos in their last game. DeAndre Williams led the team in points in that game with 14 while Landers Nolley II was next on the team with 12 points. Alex Lomax led the team in assists in that game with 5 while Jalen Duren led the team in rebounds with 11. They were 47.1% from the field, 41.7% from 3-point range, and 78.6% from the free throw line with their shooting in that game. Their offense is averaging 75.1 PPG and their defense is allowing their opponents to average 67.9 PPG against them. Memphis has an ATS record of 16-15-1 this season and their O/U record is 16-16.
Gonzaga Bulldogs Analysis
Gonzaga is coming into this game with a 27-3 record overall and they are 6-2 in their neutral site games this season where they will be in this game. They have won 20 of their last 21 games and are coming into this one on a 3 game winning streak. Their last loss was against the Saint Mary's Gaels while their 3 wins since then came against the San Francisco Dons, Saint Mary's, and the Georgia State Panthers in their last game. Drew Timme led the team in points in that game with 32 while Chet Holmgren was next on the team with 19 points. Andrew Nembhard led the team in assists in that game with 11 while Holmgren led the team in rebounds with 17. They were 50.7% from the field, 27.8% from 3-point range, and 53.3% from the free throw line with their shots in that game. Their offense is averaging 88 PPG and their defense is allowing their opponents to average 65.6 PPG against them. Gonzaga has an ATS record of 15-13-2 this season and their O/U record is 13-17.
Memphis vs Gonzaga Prediction
Gonzaga is coming into this game as a 10.5 point favorite with the current betting odds according to Draftkings Sportsbook. Memphis is coming off of a nice win in their last game, kicking out Boise State in round 1 of this tourney but they had lost in their game prior to that one, losing to Houston by double digits in their AAC tourney finals. They did not play well in that game and now they are taking on a Gonzaga team that is ranked number 1 in the nation. Gonzaga got off to a good start in round 1 with a win over GA State by over 20 points. They did have some trouble pulling away in the first half of that game but once they got going in the 2nd half there was no stopping them. Gonzaga is the number 1 team and they will play much better in this game after their first half scare in round 1 and they will try to pull out to a big lead earlier in this game. They have some of the top prospects in the nation and they should be able to keep Memphis at an arm's length for most of this game. Gonzaga will cover the spread here.
Memphis Gonzaga Prediction: Our NCAAB Pick for Saturday, March 19, 2022 (9:40 pm ET start time) is Gonzaga 91 Memphis 74.
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NCAAB Betting Trends
Memphis Tigers: 12-3 ATS as an underdog. 60-32 UNDER when the total is 150 to 159.5. 11-6 UNDER in all neutral court games.
Gonzaga Bulldogs: 16-10 UNDER as a favorite of 10 or more points. 17-13 UNDER in all games. 9-4 UNDER after 2 straight games where they made 50% of their shots or better.
Memphis Tigers: None.
Gonzaga Bulldogs: K. Perry (F) Out indefinitely - Back injury. D. Harris (G) Out indefinitely - Foot injury.
"He did fantastic today, stayed positive, watched the game, learned a lot today. Getting on the floor, getting his juices flowing again, he's a tough competitor." - Penny Hardaway on Bates in their win against BSU in round 1.
"Once we started really breaking them down, I kept telling people that's not a 16 seed. I think they showed it tonight. Georgia State gave us quite a fight." - Mark Few on his team’s win against Georgia State in round 1.
PPG: J. Duren (11.9)
APG: A. Lomax (3.9)
Reb/G: J. Duren (7.5)
PPG: D. Timme (17.6)
APG: A. Nembhard (5.5)
Reb/G: C. Holmgren (9.7)
Memphis Tigers: Anfernee Hardaway (4th season)
Gonzaga Bulldogs: Mark Few (23rd season)