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No. 4 Gonzaga vs. No. 5 Ohio State: Game Time, Channel, Betting Line, Prediction

Mark Few crouching at center court.

BOISE, ID - MARCH 15: Head coach Mark Few of the Gonzaga Bulldogs looks on in the first half against the UNC-Greensboro Spartans during the first round of the 2018 NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament at Taco Bell Arena on March 15, 2018 in Boise, Idaho. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)

The No. 4 Bulldogs are set to take on No. 5 Ohio State in the Second Round of the NCAA Tournament on Saturday.

Preview: Just a few hours into the tournament, Gonzaga caused nearly everyone to rip up their brackets but the Bulldogs held on to top No. 13 UNC Greensboro in order to advance. The Zags had three players put up double figures in the 68-64 win. Johnathan Williams scored a game-high 19 points, John Perkins put up 16 points and Zach Norvell Jr. not only added 15 but the redshirt freshman hit the go-ahead 3-pointer with less than 21 seconds on the clock to seal the victory.

Ohio State survived a scare of them own, beating South Dakota State, 81-73. It rained 3s at the Taco Bell Arena with the Buckeyes going 12 of 40 from beyond the arc. Keita Bates-Diop, Kam Williams and C. J. Jackson accounted for 10 of those OSU 3-balls and combined for 66 points.

Date: Saturday, March 17

Time: 7:35 PM ET

TV Channel: CBS

Location: Taco Bell Arena, Boise Idaho

Announcers: Brian Anderson, Chris Webber, Lisa Byington

Opening Betting Line: Gonzaga by 3 via 5Dimes

Prediction: Gonzaga is always a force to reckon with come March. The Bulldogs are making their 20th straight tournament and Thursday's victory marks the 10th consecutive year the Zags have won their first game. For a team that is a year removed from reaching the championship game en route to winning the program's first-ever title--nothing less than a deep run is acceptable.

If the Zags want to reach the Sweet 16, they've got to get going on early offense. No. 13 UNC Greensboro held them to 37 percent shooting in the first half of today's game.

As for Ohio State, while they created opportunities from downtown, the Buckeyes could have been a little more efficient shooting 30 percent. OSU pulled down 32 rebounds, including 15 off the offensive glass so the Buckeyes should continue to be aggressive.

Keep in mind these two squads met back in November at the PK80 Tournament and the Bulldogs crushed the Buckeyes, 86-59.

While the Zags no doubt have the edge, if the Buckeyes can get rolling on offense first, then they have a shot at surviving and advancing.