The first of the two final Elite Eight games is nearly underway.
Six-seed USC will look to continue its incredible run through the tournament with a win over the undefeated, top-seeded Zags. The Trojans have averaged an incredible margin of victory of 21.3 points three games through the tournament, but they will face the toughest challenge yet in Mark Few’s Gonzaga team.
The Bulldogs this tournament have been led by an incredible trio in Drew Timme (20.7 points, 8.3 rebounds per game), Jalen Suggs (10.3 points per game) and Corey Kispert (17 points, five rebounds, one assist and one steal per game).
Gonzaga approaches unstoppable when one or more of them get hot, but will they have trouble taking on the force that is freshman 7-0 forward Evan Mobley? He has averaged a double-double through March Madness and was two rebounds shy against Oregon of his third straight of March Madness. Look for Timme to be his primary defender.
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7:35 p.m.: Evan Mobley gets another dunk to break a 10-0 run by Gonzaga — followed by another short bucket by Timme. He has the last eight points for Gonzaga. As noted on the telecast, USC isnt double-teaming him because he’s such a great passer, allowing him to pretty much score at will.
7:32 p.m.: And there’s Timme, scoring on three straight possessions: A 14-footer, dunk in transition and then another transition layup. The last bucket makes it 17-4 Gonzaga and gives Timme nine points. He’s playing out of his mind. Timeout USC.
7:31 p.m.: William Henderson is now in for Smith and we’re back to action.
7:31 p.m.: Smith is now on his feet, but this is definitely the last we’ve seen of him for this game. He’s beeing whiled off while awake and alert. That’s good, at leat.
7:28 p.m.: They’re bringing out the stretcher.
7:26 p.m.: Uh-oh. One of the officials, Bert Smith, has collapsed on the court. He seems to be talking on the ground but he is laid out flat on his back.
7:25 pm.: Gonzaga’s Anton Watson is called for the foul on an inbounds pass to Evan Mobley. USC gets the bucket to make it 7-4.
7:22 p.m.: Evan Mobley puts USC on the board for the first time with a put-back layup. It seems as if he accidentally elbowed Ayayi in the face coming down; the Zags junior is on the ground checking his teeth. Looks like he’ll be OK.
7:18 p.m.: USC coach Andy Enfield calls his first timeout at 18:03 in the first half after the Zags get yet another turnover — their third in four possessions — and make the score 7-0. Bulldogs playing like the top overall seed early.
7:17 p.m.: And there’s Timme again, getting the turnover off an errant pass. The Zags get the field goal again and make it 3-0 quickly.
7:15 p.m.: Timme gets a steal and tries to score on the fast break; he misses, gets the rebound and is fouled on the attempt. He’l attempt two free throws.
7 p.m.: Tonight’s starters:
Gonzaga starters: Suggs, Ayayi, Nembhard, Kispert and Timme.
USC: Eaddy, Peterson, White, E. Mobley, I. Mobley.
— Jim Meehan (@SRJimm) March 30, 2021
How to watch Gonzaga vs. USC
Tuesday’s Elite Eight game between Gonzaga and USC is scheduled to tip off at 7:15 p.m. ET (4:15 p.m. PT), followed by Michigan vs. UCLA.
Both games will be broadcast nationally on TBS; Kevin Harlan, Dan Bonner and Dana Jacobson will call USC-Gonzaga, while Brian Anderson, Jim Jackson and Allie LaForce will call UCLA-Michigan. You can stream the game on March Madness Live, the online home of every 2021 NCAA Tournament game.
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