Published: Fri, March 17, 2017
National | By Traci Kelley

NCAA Tournament 2017, Gonzaga vs South Dakota State: Highlights, score and recap

NCAA Tournament 2017, Gonzaga vs South Dakota State: Highlights, score and recap

On Selection Sunday, we're told that securing a no. 1 seed is really important, and in some ways it is: Zero no. 1 seeds have ever lost in the first round of the tourney, going 128-0 since the event was created in 1939.

Defense has been significant for Gonzaga throughout the season, something that bears out by the fact that it has held opponents to just 61.2 points per game, which ranks seventh in the nation.

Northwestern, making its first NCAA tournament appearance, set a school record with 23 wins. Bucknell is loaded with accurate shooters and has won 14 of its last 16 games. "Usually, there are seven or eight teams that you can narrow it down to".

After the game, everybody was thrilled, and for good reason. If you no longer have cable TV, you'll need to find a way to watch Gonzaga vs South Dakota State online.

Most of the NCAA tournament market opened Gonzaga at -22, with a total of 153.

Daum can't do it alone if South Dakota State hopes to achieve a historic upset.

As South Dakota State gets set take on top-seed Gonzaga Thursday afternoon, the biggest challenge for the Jacks will be up front. Daum, who had 37 points and 12 rebounds in the championship game win over Omaha, leads the team in scoring (25.3 points per game) and rebounding (8.2) and has connected on 77-of-185 3-pointers (41.6 percent).

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From there, the West Coast Conference's top team took control. From there, just pray the defending champs have a 6-for-26 shooting game like they did in a January loss to Butler. It speaks to how much depth Gonzaga has when Collins, a projected first-round National Basketball Association draft pick, is the first player off the bench.

Northwestern made it to the NCAA Tournament for the first time in program history, and made the most of it with a spectacular win against Vanderbilt.

"You think we can rewind and get a do-over on that period?" "And their big man inside, we're going to have to do a tremendous job of keeping (the ball away from him)".

Williams-Goss leads the Bulldogs in scoring with 16.9 points per game and also chips in 5.7 rebounds, 4.8 assists and 1.8 steals.

"That was a confident, well-coached, tough team", Few said. Against a team that is sub-300 in defensive ratings according to Ken Pomeroy, it was an entirely laughable display on offense.

Gonzaga will face the victor of Vanderbilt and tournament debutant Northwestern in Saturday's second round at Vivint Arena.

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