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How and what to watch for No. 6 USC vs. No. 1 Gonzaga in Elite Eight of 2021 NCAA Tournament

We break down everything you need to know for Tuesday’s Elite Eight NCAA Tournament matchup between USC and Gonzaga. We’ve got a best bet, how to watch, and key stats for the game.

Can USC cover against Gonzaga?

The No. 1 Gonzaga Bulldogs are nearing the finish line of their legendary run through the 2020-21 season and to get to the Final Four, they’ll need to knock off a formidable foe in a white-hot No. 6 USC Trojans squad.

Once the odds from DraftKings Sportsbook are made available for this game, we’ll add that information below. We’ll also add the game time and TV channel once it’s settled.

Game date: Tuesday, March 30th
Game time: 7:15 p.m. ET
TV channel: TBS
Location: Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis

March Madness Odds from DraftKings Sportsbook:
Point spread: Gonzaga -9
Point total: 155
Moneyline: USC +325, Gonzaga -435

No. 6 USC: 25-7 (15-5 Pac-12)

First Round: Defeated No. 11 Drake 72-56
Second Round: Defeated No. 3 Kansas 85-51
Third Round: Defeated No. 7 Oregon 82-68
KenPom rating: 6 Overall, 15 Offense, 4 Defense
Leading scorer: Evan Mobley (16.5 ppg)
Key stat of tournament: This is USC’s first Elite Eight appearance since 2001. Seeking first Final Four since 1954.

USC came out firing on Pac-12 rival Oregon in the Sweet 16 and never looked back, shooting 57.4 percent from the field to Oregon’s 37.7. They were on point from downtown, knocking down 10 of 17 attempts from three.

Rising NBA Draft prospect and Pac-12 Player of the Year Evan Mobley had himself a nice game from the statline but the story was guard Isaiah White going off offensively, dropping 22 points on the Ducks.

No. 1 Gonzaga: 29-0 (15-0 WCC):

First round: Defeated No. 16 Norfolk State 98-55
Second round: Defeated No. 8 Oklahoma 88-71
Third round: Defeated No. 5 Creighton 83-65
KenPom rating: 1 Overall, 1 Offense, 7 Defense
Leading scorer: Corey Kispert (19.2 ppg)
Key stat: Gonzaga is 29-0 and three games from becoming the first undefeated national champion since the 1976 Indiana Hoosiers.

The Zags continued their tear through the tournament on Sunday by making light work of fifth-seeded Creighton, crushing the Bluejays for an 83-65 win. Up by 27 at one point, Gonzaga led for the duration of the contest and dominated the Big East runner-up in nearly every category, including shooting 60 percent from the field to Creighton’s 41 and winning the turnover, rebound and assist battle.

Sophomore All-American Drew Timme continued to make his case for Most Outstanding Player of the tournament with a 22 point, six rebound and four assist performance in just 27 minutes.