Jay Bilas, Seth Greenberg predictions for Arkansas vs. Gonzaga basketball in Sweet 16

ESPN college basketball analysts Jay Bilas, LaPhonso Ellis and Seth Greenberg made predictions for all the Sweet 16 games on Wednesday for their podcast "Bald Men on Campus."

So of course among the predictions was the Arkansas Razorbacks vs. Gonzaga men's basketball game, which is scheduled to start at 6 p.m. CT/4 p.m. PT on Thursday.

No. 1-seeded Gonzaga comes into the matchup 28-3 overall. No. 4 seed Arkansas enters the game at 27-8 overall.

The winner advances to face either Duke or Texas Tech in the NCAA Tournament Elite Eight on Saturday.

Jay Bilas, LaPhonso Ellis, Seth Greenberg picks for Arkansas vs. Gonzaga basketball

ESPN's Seth Greenberg, left, and Jay Bilas try to explain a flagrant foul situation to fans during the GameDay segment before the Kentucky-Kansas Saturday, January 26, 2019.
ESPN's Seth Greenberg, left, and Jay Bilas try to explain a flagrant foul situation to fans during the GameDay segment before the Kentucky-Kansas Saturday, January 26, 2019.

Jay Bilas picked Gonzaga.

LaPhonso Ellis picked Gonzaga.

Seth Greenberg picked Gonzaga.

"I picked the 'Zags to move on there," Ellis said. "Too much firepower. (Gonzaga forward) Drew Timme obviously took that game over in the second half against Memphis (during the NCAA Tournament second round). I think he's problematic inside. ... I imagine (Arkansas forward) Jaylin Williams is going to guard him on the interior. And I love (Arkansas guard) JD Notae that dude can absolutely get buckets, but I do think teams who have been able to take him out of the game by, once he gives it up not allowing him to catch it back, makes them play four-on-four on the backside. And I think Arkansas is a little easier to prepare for in that sense. And I think the 'Zags will do the same. ... (Gonzaga guard) Andrew Nembhard is going to be really important for Gonzaga to win a national title, because they need his offense and aggressiveness from the point guard position."

Gonzaga beat Memphis 82-78 in the NCAA Tournament second round on Saturday. Timme finished with 25 points and 14 rebounds.

"I like Gonzaga in that region," Bilas said. "Arkansas shot 27% against New Mexico State (in the NCAA Tournament second round). They clamped down (NMSU guard) Teddy Allen, did a tremendous job. ... Arkansas dominated the free throw line. They're not going to, you're not going to hold Gonzaga under 75 (points). You're going to have to be much more efficient offensively. I think it's going to come down to does Gonzaga really guard 'em, because I'm not sure Gonzaga is the same defensive team now they were two months ago. And they're going to have to be, because I think Arkansas can score. (Arkansas guard) Stanley Umude's had some really good games. I think (Arkansas guard) Devo Davis is a really good player. They've got talent and athleticism. They're not a great shooting team, but they knocked their free throws down against New Mexico State. But man, you're going to have to guard at every position, not get in foul trouble and then put points on the board, because Gonzaga is going to keep coming and they're going to take open shots and they're going to get in the lane."

Arkansas defeated New Mexico State 53-48 in the NCAA Tournament second round on Saturday.

"They're formidable on offense," Bilas said of Gonzaga. "And if they guard, I just don't — I think it'll be really tough for Arkansas."

"We spend all our time talking about how good (Gonzaga center) Chet Holmgren is in terms of his potential, but the two most important players, to me, for Gonzaga are Drew Timme — who's not a good, he's a player of the year candidate in terms of college basketball — and Andrew Nembhard," Greenberg said. "When Andrew Nembhard's aggressive, he's really, really — they're really, really good. ... The more aggressive he is, the better off Gonzaga is. I think the one thing about Arkansas — they do get to the line and put you in foul trouble. Can Arkansas get a Nembhard in foul trouble? Can they get a Timme in foul trouble? Because their free-throw rate is at a very, very high level."

Eric Musselman is the Arkansas Razorbacks men’s basketball head coach. This is his third season as the Arkansas basketball head coach. He previously took Arkansas to the NCAA Tournament in 2020-21.

Arkansas ended the 2021 NCAA Tournament with an 81-72 loss to Baylor in the Elite Eight.

The Arkansas men’s basketball program made its first appearance in the NCAA Tournament during the 1940-41 season. Arkansas has reached the Final Four on six occasions. Arkansas last reached the Final Four in 1995, when it lost to UCLA in the national championship game. Arkansas won its only NCAA Tournament title in 1993-94.

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The 2022 NCAA Tournament Final Four in New Orleans starts Saturday, April 2. The NCAA Tournament national championship game is scheduled to take place Monday, April 4.

Erik Hall is the lead digital producer for sports with the USA Today Network. You can find him on Twitter @HallErik.

This article originally appeared on Fort Smith Times Record: ESPN's Jay Bilas picks Gonzaga, Arkansas basketball in NCAA Sweet 16