The NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament, better known as “March Madness” heads into the “Sweet 16” round on Thursday, with West Regional Number One Gonzaga taking on Number Four West Virginia in a game that will live stream from San Jose — and that looks to be the best prospect for a major upset on the Sweet 16 slate.
The West Virginia Mountaineers have proven themselves one of the most dangerous teams in NCAA basketball this season, as they defeated both an Associated Press poll top-ranked team in Baylor, and a second-ranked squad in Kansas in the same season — the first time in five years that any team has accomplished the feat.
But they didn’t just squeak by either of those higher-ranked teams, winning both games by at least 15 points — only the fourth team ever to manage that accomplishment.
Gonzaga, on the other hand, survived a scare against Northwestern in the Round of 32, fending off a late run by the Wildcats to hang on for a six-point victory. And Gonzaga’s tournament run ended in the Sweet 16 last year.
To find out how to watch a live stream of the Thursday Gonzaga vs. West Virginia NCAA March Madness Sweet 16 showdown, see the streaming information at the bottom of this article. Tipoff is scheduled for 4:39 p.m. Pacific Daylight Time at the 17,500-seat SAP Center in San Jose, California, on Thursday, March 23 — 7:39 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time.
Watch Gonzaga Coach Mark Few give his perspective on his team’s game against West Virginia in the video below.
In fact, this marks Gonzaga’s third consecutive Sweet 16 appearance, but in 20 trips to the NCAA tournament, the Bulldogs have advanced past the third round only one time.
West Virginia’s highly physical, pressing defense will likely be their key to pulling off the upset of Gonzaga if the Mountaineers can do it. They forced opponents into an average of 20 turnovers per game during the season and caused their first two March Madness opponents, Bucknell and Notre Dame, to commit 14 turnovers each.
Gonzaga, however, has committed as many as 20 turnovers in a game only once, so the Bulldogs could be primed to resist the West Virginia trap as they hope to get past the Sweet 16 for the first time since 1999, which was Few’s first season as coach of the Spokane, Washington school’s men’s hoop team.
To watch a live stream of the Number One Gonzaga Bulldogs vs. Number Four West Virginia Mountaineers NCAA March Madness Sweet 16 matchup, use the streaming link provided by WatchTBS at this link, or download the WatchTBS app to watch the game on most mobile devices.
The Gonzaga vs. West Virginia clash will also live stream on the NCAA.com March Madness site at this link, as well as on the March Madness app for mobile devices. Login credentials from a cable or satellite TV provider will be required to watch the playoff game via either WatchTBS or NCAA.com.
March Madness fans who do not have login credentials, however, can still watch a live stream of the Gonzaga vs. West Virginia game on Thursday legally and for free. The best way to do that is to access the Sling TV internet TV package at this link. The package features a variety of channels, including TBS and costs a subscription fee of $20 per month. But Sling TV offers a seven-day free trial. That means subscribers can choose whether or not to keep the service after they watch the Sweet 16 showdown live online.
The Sony PlayStation Vue online TV service also comes with a free trial offer and carries TBS. Access the PlayStation Vue plan at this link.
A live audio stream of the Gonzaga vs. West Virginia is available from Westwood One Radio online at this link.
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