There has been some brief discussion regarding the Buckeyes potential Sweet Sixteen and Elite Eight games out in Los Angeles and the impact time zones may have. I got pretty curious about it so I was just reading up a little on the Circadian Advantage, most notably found this segment:
Using the convention that for every time zone crossed, synchronization to that time zone requires one day, teams can be analyzed during a season to see where they are in terms of being acclimated to their time zone of play. For example, consider a MLB team based in Washington D.C. If they have been competing at home for the last 3 days or more, they would be completely acclimated to Eastern Standard Time (EST). If they were to travel to Los Angeles, upon arrival they would be 3 hours off, because they traveled 3 time zones west. Every 24 hours spent on the west coast, would bring them 1 hour closer to acclimation. So after 24 hours in Los Angeles, they would be 2 hours off. After 48 hours, they would be 1 hour off, and after 72 hours, they would be acclimated to west coast time and would stay that way until they left their time zone.
So our first game is Friday evening making our potential second game Sunday. We would need until at least Thursday, if they traveled straight to LA that night, to acclimate to PST - which is certainly very unlikely. The Sweet 16 games would be played Thursday/Friday, which could make a big difference depending on the team's travel plans - leaving Sunday, Monday or Tuesday.
Anyone know any more about this? The possibility of playing Wisconsin (from CST) considering this makes me wonder if we'd rather play them than fully acclimated Gonzaga.
EDIT: Crap, we play Thursday night at 7.47 against Arizona who's already acclimated to West Coast time as well.