Memphis @ Gonzaga
Regular Season Records: Memphis 22-10; Gonzaga 27-3
What to Know
The Memphis Tigers and the #1 Gonzaga Bulldogs are set to clash at 9:40 p.m. ET March 19 at Moda Center at the Rose Quarter in the second round of the NCAA Tournament.
While not quite a landslide, the matchup between Memphis and the Boise State Broncos on Thursday was still a pretty decisive one as the Tigers wrapped it up with a 64-53 win. The top scorers for Memphis were forward DeAndre Williams (14 points) and guard Landers Nolley II (12 points).
Meanwhile, the Bulldogs earned some more postseason success in their game on Thursday. They blew past the Georgia State Panthers 93-72. Center Chet Holmgren was the offensive standout of the contest for Gonzaga, dropping a double-double on 19 points and 17 boards along with seven blocks.
Memphis is the clear underdog, so they’re hoping it’s the size of the fight that determines this one. Those playing the odds have seen things go back and forth with Memphis, who are 15-16 against the spread.
A pair of stats to keep in the back of your head while watching: The Tigers enter the game with 5.6 blocked shots per game on average, good for 10th best in college basketball. But the Bulldogs are even better: they rank third in college basketball when it comes to blocked shots per game, with six on average. Points in the paint might be hard to come by.
How To Watch
- When: Saturday at 9:40 p.m. ET
- Where: Moda Center at the Rose Quarter — Portland, Oregon
- TV: TBS
- Follow: CBS Sports App
The Bulldogs are a big 10-point favorite against the Tigers, according to the latest college basketball odds.
Bettors have moved against the Bulldogs slightly, as the game opened with the Bulldogs as an 11.5-point favorite.
This is the first time these teams have played each other within the last seven years.