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Published: Fri, March 17, 2017
National | By Glenda Ortiz

Gonzaga Vs. South Dakota State Live Stream

Talking to "Brock and Salk" ahead of Gonzaga's tournament opener against 16th-seeded South Dakota State on Thursday, Dickau explained why he's sold on the idea that the Zags will make their longest run ever in the tournament.

SALT LAKE CITY, UT (KELO.COM) David gave Goliath a dribble for his money on Thursday in Salt Lake City in the first round of NCAA Tournament. Przemek Karnowski, Zach Collins and Josh Perkins added 10 each.

The Bulldogs, who have never reached the Final Four, led the nation in scoring margin (plus-23.4 points) and were second in field-goal percentage (51.8%).

Four players are averaging at least 8.3 points per game for South Dakota, they are: Daum (25.3), Reed Tellinghuisen (11.9), A.J. Hess (9.8) and Michael Orris (8.3) per game. Couple that with the Bulldogs' average of 84.6 points per game (13th in Division I), and it's easy to see why the Zags swept up trophies in a preseason tournament, the regular season and the West Coast Conference tournament. We've won a couple already.

According to oddsmakers from online sports book Bovada.lv, the Bulldogs are now 22.5-point favorites versus the Jackrabbits after opening as a 20.5-point favorite. No. 1 Gonzaga. If they win that one, the celebration will only be greater. The Commodores have the most losses for an at-large team and got in with some margin for error as a ninth seed.

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Gonzaga is nearly certainly going to win this game. Oklahoma and Baylor have met twice this season, with the Bears prevailing in both games by an average of 36 points. The Bulldogs (32-1) spent much of the year near the top of the polls, led by WCC player of the year Nigel Williams-Goss.

Gonzaga closed the first half on a 7-0 run. "Anytime you get your program to that point where they expect to win those games and start chomping at the bit to go deeper into March, that's a good thing".

The last time Gonzaga played in Salt Lake City as part of the NCAA Tournament, the crowd quickly turned in favor of Southern University.

The American Gaming Association, a lobbying group for commercial and tribal casinos, estimates that about $10.4 billion will be wagered on the three-week hoops extravaganza that starts Tuesday night with play-in games and ends April 3 with the national championship game in Phoenix.

UP NEXT: Gonzaga plays the victor of Thursday afternoon's 8-9 matchup between Northwestern and Vanderbilt.

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