In one of the most intriguing first round match-ups, early-season favorite Oklahoma State takes on perennial small-conference power Gonzaga in the West Region eight-nine seed game. The winner will meet up with Arizona on Sunday, unless the Wildcats are upended by Weber State.
Date: Friday, March 21, 2014
Time: 4:40 PM EST
TV Channel: TNT
Location: Viejas Arena (San Diego, CA)
Prediction: Gonzaga has had another very good season, but this isn’t one of Mark Few’s best teams, or at least has not been to this point in the year. Oklahoma State has underachieved all year, but the Cowboys have played very good basketball down the stretch. They’ve won five of seven games, with the only two losses coming in overtime to Iowa State and Kansas. Gonzaga is good, but Oklahoma State can be great when they put it all together, and they will be a very tough out for Arizona, should they advance.