Gonzaga looks to continue its run as the top team in the West bracket in the Round of 32 on Saturday, March 18. The Bulldogs play Northwestern, a team in its first NCAA Tournament, at the Vivint Smart Home Arena in Salt Lake City, Utah.
The winner between No. 1 Gonzaga and No. 8 Northwestern will advance to play to winner of No. 4 West Virginia and No. 5 Notre Dame in the Sweet 16. Whichever team advances will know who its opponent is before tipoff, as the Fighting Irish-Mountaineers game is slated for 12:15 p.m. ET on Saturday.
Here’s all the information you’ll need for the Gonzaga vs. Northwestern game:
2017 NCAA Tournament Gonzaga vs. Northwestern game time, details
Time: 5:15 p.m. ET
Date: Saturday, March 18
Location: Vivint Smart Home Arena; Salt Lake City, Utah
What TV channel is the 2017 NCAA Tournament Gonzaga vs. Northwestern game on?
CBS is televising the game.
How can I watch the 2017 NCAA Tournament Gonzaga vs. Northwestern 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. Northwestern 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. Northwestern game on television?
Andrew Catalon, Steve Lappas and Jamie Erdahl will call the game for CBS.
2017 NCAA Tournament Gonzaga vs. Northwestern game preview
Gonzaga, like many top seeds historically, had very little trouble with its first round matchup against No. 16 seed South Dakota St.
The game was close at halftime before the Bulldogs put up 40 points in the second half to top the Jackrabbits 66-46. Size is Gonzaga’s biggest weapon, a team that averaged 41 rebounds per game on the season. Against South Dakota State, the Bulldogs pulled down 50 rebounds, including 36 of 45 defensive rebound attempts.
That rebounding effort was led by Jonathan Williams’ 14, well above his 6.7 averaged per game on the season. He had just 6 points to go with it, but that was more than compensated for by Gonzaga’s four double-digit scorers: Jordan Matthews (16), Przemek Karnowski (10), Josh Perkins (10) and Zach Collins (10).
Northwestern had a much more highly contested game against No. 9 Vanderbilt. The Commodores pulled ahead late before an inexplicable foul by Matthew Fisher-Davis sent the Wildcats to the free-throw line. Hitting both, Northwestern won 68-66.
Leading scorer Bryant McIntosh, who averaged 14.7 points per game this season, led the Wildcats with 25 points. It was really a three-man show for Northwestern, which had double-digit efforts from Derek Pardon (14) and Scottie Lindsey (14). Pardon completed a double-double with 11 of Northwestern’s 37 rebounds.