Gonzaga (32-1) vs. South Dakota State (18-16) Prediction & Game Preview
NCAA Tournament: Gonzaga vs. South Dakota State fearless prediction and game preview.
Date: Thursday, March 16
Game Time: 2:00 ET
Venue: Vivint Smart Home Arena, Salt Lake City, UT
All You Really Need To Know About South Dakota State
(Summit) RPI: 155, 16 seed
The surprise of the Summit tournament, the Jackrabbits pulled off a great run after a mediocre regular season to win nine of their last 11 on the way to the automatic bid.
While they’ll bomb away from three and they’ll hit every free throw, there’s no interior presence, there’s little defense, and turnovers are a massive issue. If they’re not hitting from the outside, they’ll get destroyed.
All You Really Need To Know About Gonzaga
(West Coast) RPI: 8, 1 seed
Polarizing all season long, the Bulldogs were good enough to beat Iowa State and Arizona early in the year to build up the street cred, but blew through a mediocre West Coast Conference slate to fatten up the record.
However, the Zags are for real, with the ability to hit inside or out, great on the boards, and with an attacking defense that forces a slew of mistakes for easy points. There’s not any glaring weakness – other than the schedule over the second half of the season.
What’s Going To Happen
Gonzaga is going to make a massive early statement.
The Bulldogs really are that good, and the Jackrabbits are about to find that out against against a motivated team that’ll go on a big run helped by the dominant inside presence.
There might be plenty of threes coming from the SDSU bombers, but there won’t be enough of them to overcome a freighting problem – a No. 1 seed with an attitude.
Fearless Prediction & Line
Gonzaga 88, South Dakota State 55
Line: Gonzaga -22.5
ATS Confidence: 2.5
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