Gonzaga vs. Ohio State - 3/17/18 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Marsha Scott
March 17, 2018

Ohio State and South Dakota State will meet up for first round matchup in the NCAA tournament on Thursday.

Jonathan Williams topped the Bulldogs offense with 19 points and 13 rebounds on 8-12 and 3-9 at the stripe followed by Josh Perkins with 16 points on 7-14 and 2-7 from distance.

Find out which way it goes by watching OSU vs South Dakota State live streaming online or on TNT cable TV. After missing nearly two weeks (and three games, including Ohio State's upset at Purdue), the redshirt senior returned to the lineup. After a stop, SDSU again fouled Williams on a three-pointer, and he converted all three free throws to further extend Ohio State's lead.

Ohio State had the biggest lead in the game with an advantage of 13 at one point. The Jackrabbits shoot 47 percent overall and 40 percent from behind the three-point line.

The Buckeyes play Gonzaga in round two, Saturday (March 17).

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Inserted back into the starting lineup, the fifth-year senior's ability to knockdown shots from beyond the arc were one of the most important things he added to Ohio State this year. It took the Jacks 4:49 to wipe out their 10-point deficit and set up the finish. Williams has averaged 13.4 points, 9.6 rebounds, 1.6 blocks and 1.4 steals per game.

The Bulldogs crushed the Buckeyes 86-59 as five-point favorites on November 24 in the Phil Knight Invitational to cap a 4-0 start, and they are riding a 15-game winning streak regardless of the recent close call.

"It's always going to hurt that we could never get a W in this environment", said South Dakota State's Reed Tellinghuisen, who had 10 points and seven rebounds.

"They're very well-schooled and disciplined, and those guys stepped up and made big plays throughout the second half", South Dakota State coach T.J. Otzelberger said.

GW put together a dominant defensive stretch over four games in the Atlantic 10 Championship, and knocked off two higher seeds, en route to the seventh tournament title in team history. Totals 27-72 15-19 81. OSU hit 12-of-40 (30 percent).

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