The West Region’s top team will debut in the 2017 NCAA Tournament on Thursday when Gonzaga plays South Dakota State at Vivint Smart Home Arena in Salt Lake City.
The winner of the matchup between the No. 1 seed Bulldogs and No. 16 seed Jackrabbits will advance to play the victor of the contest between No. 8 Northwestern and No. 9 Vanderbilt on Saturday for a chance to advance to the Sweet 16.
Here’s all the information you’ll need for the Gonzaga vs. South Dakota State game:
2017 NCAA Tournament Gonzaga vs. South Dakota State game time, details
Time: 2 p.m. ET
Date: Thursday, March 16
Location: Vivint Smart Home Arena; Salt Lake City, Utah
What TV channel is the 2017 NCAA Tournament Gonzaga vs. South Dakota State game on?
TBS is televising the game.
How can I watch the 2017 NCAA Tournament Gonzaga vs. South Dakota State game online?
NCAA.com will broadcast all games for free online. Click here to watch.
How can I listen to the 2017 NCAA Tournament Gonzaga vs. South Dakota State game?
The game will be broadcast by Westwood One Sports, with Kevin Kugler and Dan Dickau on the call. You can find information on radio stations and streaming options here.
Who is calling the 2017 NCAA Tournament Gonzaga vs. South Dakota State game on television?
Andrew Catalon, Steven Lappas and Jamie Erdahl will call the game for TBS.
2017 NCAA Tournament Gonzaga vs. South Dakota State game preview
Gonzaga begins its 2017 NCAA Tournament campaign with high hopes after an impressive 32-1 run to this point. The Bulldogs’ lone loss this season happened against BYU on Feb. 25.
Aside from that defeat, Gonzaga hasn’t been tested much lately. In their past three games, the Bulldogs beat Pacific by 32 points, Santa Clara by nine and Saint Mary’s by 18.
Gonzaga displayed its offensive prowess throughout the season, and it will be fun to see if that momentum can continue in March. The Bulldogs boast five players who average double-digit scoring, led by Nigel Williams-Goss’ 16.9 points per game. Przemek Karnowski follows with 12.6.
South Dakota State, meanwhile, enters the 2017 NCAA Tournament on a six-game winning streak. The Jackrabbits’ most recent victories included close affairs. They beat South Dakota by three points and Omaha by two.
Gonzaga will be heavily favored to advance, but the Bulldogs must account for South Dakota State’s top offensive threat. Mike Daum leads the Jackrabbits by averaging 25.3 points per game.