How to watch Norfolk State vs. Gonzaga in the First Round originally appeared on NBC Sports Washington
March is here, and it’s already Mad.
Before the first round even started, there was already some drama in the play-in games as UCLA defeated Michigan State in dramatic, overtime fashion on Thursday night. On Friday, in the very first game of the First Round, Virginia Tech took an OT loss to Florida in Indianapolis.
Now, it’s time for the scariest team in the nation to hit the court: Gonzaga. Easily the best team in the regular season during the 2020-21 campaign, the top-ranked Bulldogs will take on No. 16 Norfolk State on Saturday night in the March Madness First Round.
The Zags finished the season undefeated at 26-0, with impressive wins over Iowa, Virginia and Kansas early on. The Norfolk State Spartans also finished an impressive season with a Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC) Championship last Saturday. Including the championship-clinching victory over Morgan State, Norfolk State ended their season on a seven-game winning streak. They took down Appalachian State by a razor-thin one-point margin in the First Four clash. Gonzaga, unsurprisingly, will be easily the toughest opponent they’ve faced all year.
It’s a No. 1 versus No. 16 March Madness matchup in the First Round. Will Gonzaga coast to the Second Round, or will the Spartans will themselves to one of the biggest upsets in history? Here’s what you need to know about the game:
Norfolk State vs. Gonzaga How to Watch
What: 2021 NCAA Tournament First Round, West Region
Who: No. 16 Norfolk State (17-7, 8-4 MEAC) vs. No. 1 Gonzaga (26-0, 15-0 WCC)
When: 9:20 p.m. ET on Saturday, March 20
Where: Bankers Life Fieldhouse, Indianapolis
TV channel: TBS
Online Stream: March Madness Live on NCAA.com
TV Announcers: Brian Anderson (play-by-play), Jim Jackson (analyst), Allie LaForce (sideline)
Norfolk State vs. Gonzaga Bracket Analysis
How They Got Here: Norfolk State (Auto-bid, MEAC Champions), Gonzaga (Auto-big, WCC Champions)
Previous Meeting: First Meeting
Next Round: Winner of No. 8 Oklahoma/No. 9 Missouri, Monday, Time TBD
West Region Bracket:
No. 1 Gonzaga vs. No. 16 Norfolk State
No. 8 Oklahoma vs. No. 9 Missouri
No. 5 Creighton vs. No. 12 UC-Santa Barbara
No. 4 Virginia vs. No. 13 Ohio
No. 6 USC vs. No. 11 Drake
No. 3 Kansas vs. No. 14 Eastern Washington
No. 7 Oregon vs. No. 10 VCU
No. 2 Iowa vs. No. 15 Grand Canyon