Wichita State vs. Gonzaga Free Pick: The third round of the NCAA Tournament kicks off on Saturday night for the Gonzaga Bulldogs and the Wichita State Shockers, who will meet at Energy Solutions Arena in Salt Lake City with a spot in the Sweet 16 going to the winner. Gonzaga, the top seed in the West, is favored by 6 ½-points over the ninth seeded Shockers. The ‘total’ is set at 128 ½.

This isn’t a game that we think is all that difficult. The Bulldogs played horrid basketball at times against Southern on Thursday, but we think that they’re over their struggles. Remember that Gonzaga hadn’t been on the court in a week and a half when it faced the SWAC champs, and basically everything that could have gone wrong, did go wrong. Wichita State had to fight it out tooth and nail with Pittsburgh just to reach it to this point. After a tremendously physical game like that one was, it is going to be really tough to get back in the saddle. The Shockers are going to have to challenge a nasty March Madness trend, which states that the No. 1 seeds are 43-5 SU over the course of the last 12 years in the 1 vs. 8/9 games. In the end, this is about the matchup, though. Wichita State just doesn’t have the bigs to counter F Elias Harris and F Kelly Olynyk. They’ll be the difference in a double digit victory for the Zags. Free Saturday College Basketball Pick: Take the Gonzaga Bulldogs -6.5

 

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