Little rest + flight has oddsmakers skeptical
Posted on: February 6, 2010 1:05 pm
MEMPHIS, Tenn. -- I'm about to head to FedExForum for Gonzaga-Memphis.
Would you believe the Tigers are a 5-point favorite at Sportsbook.com?
It's possible oddsmakers weren't impressed with the 17th-ranked Zags' 76-49 win over Portland late Thursday, but the fact that that game was played late Thursday probably has more to do with the line. Gonzaga-Portland tipped at 10 p.m. CT, and the Zags didn't get out of the arena until around 1 a.m. CT. What followed was a short night of rest, an early workout, a flight across time zones from Spokane to Memphis, and now they've got an afternoon game in a hostile environment that'll feature 18,000 fans cheering against them.
"It's not ideal," Gonzaga coach Mark Few told me yesterday, and he's right. But this is the kind of thing a power non-BCS program does in the spirit of exposure and quality non-league games. So the Zags will be there in search of their first win at FedExForum, but going forward it would be nice if the WCC would move Gonzaga's league game immediately before the Memphis game back a day to Wednesday, that way the conference's flagship program could battle C-USA's flagship program on more of a level playing field.