Finals week final exam: Oral Roberts
It'll be the 100th game at the McCarthey Athletic Center when Oral Roberts (7-3) visits Gonzaga (5-2) on Thursday night. GU is 92-7 in the building and has never suffered consecutive losses. The Bulldogs lost to Michigan State last Saturday.
Gonzaga won 38 straight to open the building. Its MAC losses are to Santa Clara in Feb., 2007; WSU in Dec., 2007; Portland State, Dec., 2008; Wake Forest, Dec., 2009, San Diego State, Nov., 2010; Saint Mary's, Jan., 2011.
Read on for more on the game and Mark Few's reasons for concern (tough opponent, last day of Finals week, quick turnaround with Saturday showdown, etc.) The short article on cancer patient Brandon Bird's visit to practice that I posted last night accompanies the preview.