San Francisco vs. Gonzaga Odds, Betting Pick: Bracket Format Helping Bulldogs in WCC Semifinals
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- The updated betting odds in Monday's San Francisco-Gonzaga game make the Zags double-digit favorites (spread: -13).
- Is the market too high on Gonzaga in this matchup?
- Our experts break down the angles and make picks below.
Gonzaga plays San Francisco on Monday night with eight days’ rest, having last played on Feb. 29 at home against Saint Mary’s. San Francisco, on the other hand, will be playing its third game in four days.
In 2019, the WCC changed the format of its postseason tournament, which now gives Gonzaga essentially three byes before having to play a single game.
Does the bracket change give Gonzaga a huge advantage? And should you back the Bulldogs tonight?
San Francisco v. Gonzaga Odds
- Spread: Gonzaga -12.5
- Over/Under: 151.5
- Time: 9 p.m. ET
- TV: ESPN
DiLeo: Gonzaga Gets Easy Road
The WCC has been lightly mocked on Twitter for its tournament bracket, with fans and media alike poking fun at the inequities between its high and low seeds:
If you apply the WCC bracket to other leagues, you get some pretty absurd results:
Before we get into how the tournament changes can help WCC top seeds like Gonzaga, the historical data says that coach Mark Few and Gonzaga have recently liked this spot. Since 2016, Gonzaga is 3-1 ATS in their first game of the WCC Tournament.
But since the WCC bracket change in 2019, Gonzaga now has a distinct advantage in its first game if it matches up with a team that started the tournament in the first or second round, rather than the quarterfinals.
And that is exactly what the Zags get tonight.