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No. 1 Gonzaga vs. No. 16 South Dakota State Preview: Game Time, Broadcast, 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 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.