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No. 1 Gonzaga vs. No. 16 South Dakota State preview: Game time, broadcast, betting line, prediction

The Gonzaga Bulldogs (32-1) are the No. 1 seed in the West Region, and will take on the No. 16 seed South Dakota State (18-16). The game will be played at Vivint Smart Home Arena in Salt Lake City on Thursday, March 16.

Preview: Gonzaga clinched the No. 1 seed with big wins over Florida, Iowa State, Arizona, and three wins over St. Mary's. The Bulldogs' only loss on the season came to BYU. They are led by junior guard Nigel Williams-Goss, who averages 16.9 points per game.

South Dakota State reached the tournament by defeating Nebraska-Omaha in the Summit League Tournament. The Jackrabbits are led by Mike Daum, who averages 25.3 points per game.

You can check out the entire NCAA Tournament bracket here. You can also see how the committee ranked the teams 1-68 here.

Date: Thursday, March 16

Time: 2:00 p.m. ET

TV Channel: TBS

Location: Vivint Smart Home Arena in Salt Lake City, UT

Announcers: Andrew Cataon, Steve Lappas, Jamie Erdahl

Opening Betting Line: Gonzaga -23, via OddsShark

This will be the first match-up between Gonzaga and South Dakota State.

Gonzaga's last NCAA Tournament appearance was last season. As a No. 11 seed, the Bulldogs made it to the Sweet 16, where they lost to No. 10 seed Syracuse 63-60. This is Gonzaga's 20th NCAA Tournament appearance. The program has advanced to seven Sweet 16s and two Elite Eights.

South Dakota State's last NCAA Tournament appearance was also last season. As a No. 12 seed, the Jackrabbits lost to No. 5 seed Maryland 79-74 in the first round. The Jackrabbits have never won an NCAA Tournament game.

Prediction: This is one of Mark Few's most talented groups at Gonzaga. Williams-Goss and center Przemek Karnowski are as good a combination as any team has in the country. While the WCC doesn't offer a great slate of games, the Bulldogs handled St. Mary's three times, and ran through an impressive non-conference slate, beating a number of eventual NCAA Tournament teams.

Gonzaga will handle South Dakota State without much of an issue.

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Princeton

NCAA seed: 50

U.S News & World Report: #1 National University 

Duke

NCAA seed: 7

U.S News & World Report: #8 National University (tie) 

Northwestern

NCAA seed: 32

U.S News & World Report: #12 National University (tie) 

Notre Dame

NCAA seed: 19

U.S News & World Report: #15 National University (tie) 

Vanderbilt

NCAA seed: 33

U.S News & World Report: #15 National University (tie) 

University of Southern California

NCAA seed: 45

U.S News & World Report: #23 National University 

UCLA

NCAA seed: 11

U.S News & World Report: #24 National University (tie) 

Virginia

NCAA seed: 17

U.S News & World Report: #24 National University (tie) 

Michigan

NCAA seed: 27

U.S News & World Report: #27 National University (tie) 

Wake Forest

NCAA seed: 43

U.S News & World Report: #27 National University (tie) 

North Carolina - Chapel Hill

NCAA seed: 3

U.S News & World Report: #30 National University

Wisconsin - Madison

NCAA seed: 29

U.S News & World Report: #44 National University (tie) 
University of Miami

NCAA seed: 30

U.S News & World Report: #44 National University (tie) 

University of California, Davis

NCAA seed: 65

U.S News & World Report: #44 National University (tie) 

Villanova

NCAA seed: 1

U.S News & World Report: #50 National University (tie) 

Florida

NCAA seed: 14

U.S News & World Report: #50 National University (tie) 
Southern Methodist University (SMU)

NCAA seed: 21

U.S News & World Report: #56 National University (tie) 

Maryland - College Park

NCAA seed: 23

U.S News & World Report: #60 National University (tie) 

Baylor

NCAA seed: 12

U.S News & World Report: #71 National University (tie) 

Minnesota

NCAA seed: 18

U.S News & World Report: #71 National University (tie) 

Virginia Tech

NCAA seed: 36

U.S News & World Report: #74 National University (tie) 

Michigan State

NCAA seed: 35

U.S News & World Report: #82 National University (tie) 

Marquette

NCAA seed: 39

U.S News & World Report: #86 National University (tie) 

Florida State

NCAA seed: 10

U.S News & World Report: #92 National University (tie) 
Vermont

NCAA seed: 53

U.S News & World Report: #92 National University (tie) 

Oregon

NCAA seed: 9

U.S News & World Report: #103 National University (tie) 
South Carolina

NCAA seed: 26

U.S News & World Report: #107 National University (tie) 

Iowa State

NCAA seed: 20

U.S News & World Report: #111 National University (tie) 

Dayton

NCAA seed: 28

U.S News & World Report: #111 National University (tie) 

Kansas

NCAA seed: 2

U.S News & World Report: #118 National University (tie) 

Seton Hall

NCAA seed: 34

U.S News & World Report: #118 National University (tie) 

Arizona

NCAA seed: 6

U.S News & World Report: #124 National University (tie) 

Kentucky

NCAA seed: 5

U.S News & World Report: #133 National University (tie) 

Cincinnati

NCAA seed: 22

U.S News & World Report: #135 National University (tie) 

Arkansas - Little Rock

NCAA seed: 31

U.S News & World Report: #135 National University (tie) 

Kansas State

NCAA seed: 46

U.S News & World Report: #135 National University (tie) 
Oklahoma State

NCAA seed: 37

U.S News & World Report: #152 National University (tie) 

Rhode Island

NCAA seed: 44

U.S News & World Report: #159 National University (tie) 

Virginia Commonwealth University - VCU

NCAA seed: 40

U.S News & World Report: #164 National University (tie) 
Louisville

NCAA seed: 8

U.S News & World Report: #171 National University (tie) 

West Virginia

NCAA seed: 15

U.S News & World Report: #183 National University (tie) 
Kent State

NCAA seed: 57

U.S News & World Report: #188 National University (tie) 

North Dakota

NCAA seed: 62

U.S News & World Report: #188 National University (tie) 

Purdue

NCAA seed: 16

U.S News & World Report: #197 National University (tie) 

Nevada - Reno

NCAA seed: 47

U.S News & World Report: #197 National University (tie) 

South Dakota State

NCAA seed: 64

U.S News & World Report: #202 National University 
New Mexico State

NCAA seed: 55

U.S News & World Report: #220 National University (tie) 

Bucknell

NCAA seed: 51

U.S News & World Report: #32 National Liberal Arts Colleges

Providence

NCAA seed: 42

U.S News & World Report: #1 Regional Universities North

Creighton

NCAA seed: 24

U.S News & World Report: #1 Regional Universities Midwest

Butler

NCAA seed: 13

U.S News & World Report: #2 Regional Universities Midwest

Xavier

NCAA seed: 41

U.S News & World Report: #4 Regional Universities Midwest (tie)

Gonzaga

NCAA seed: 4

U.S News & World Report: #4 Regional Universities West (tie)

St. Mary's College of California

NCAA seed: 25

U.S News & World Report: #9 Regional Universities West (tie)

UNC Wilmington

NCAA seed: 49

U.S News & World Report: #16 Regional Universities South (tie)

Winthrop

NCAA seed: 54

U.S News & World Report: #26 Regional Universities South

Mount St. Mary’s

NCAA seed: 68

U.S News & World Report: #27 Regional Universities North (tie)
Troy

NCAA seed: 60

U.S News & World Report: #69 Regional Universities North (tie)

North Carolina Central

NCAA seed: 66

U.S News & World Report: #72 Regional Universities South (tie)

Iona

NCAA seed: 58

U.S News & World Report: #75 Regional Universities North (tie)

Florida Gulf Coast

NCAA seed: 56

U.S News & World Report: #82 Regional Universities South (tie)

Northern Kentucky

NCAA seed: 59

U.S News & World Report: #82 Regional Universities South (tie)

Jacksonville State

NCAA seed: 61

U.S News & World Report: #98 Regional Universities South (tie)

Wichita State

NCAA seed: 38

Ranking not published by U.S. News and World Report

Middle Tennessee

NCAA seed: 48

Ranking not published by U.S. News and World Report

East Tennessee State

NCAA seed: 52

Ranking not published by U.S. News and World Report

New Orleans

NCAA seed: 67

Ranking not published by U.S. News and World Report
Texas Southern

NCAA seed: 63

Ranking not published by U.S. News and World Report

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