March Madness Day 9 primer: NCAA Tournament Elite Eight schedule, times, channels, predictions

Two spots remain up for grabs in this year’s Final Four.

With Baylor and Houston already punching tickets to the Final Four, just two spots remain up for grabs to be decided Tuesday.

Gonzaga will look to improve to 30-0 on the year against Evan Mobley and USC in the primetime slot while UCLA hopes to continue its Cinderella run into the Final Four against top-seeded Michigan.

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No. 6 USC vs. No. 1 Gonzaga (-9)

  • Time: 7:15 p.m. ET
  • Channel: TBS
  • Venue: Lucas Oil Stadium (Indianapolis, Ind.)

Can USC continue its tournament dominance? The Trojans are next in line to try to knock off undefeated Gonzaga, and projected lottery pick Evan Mobley could prove to be the difference. His defensive prowess will be key against a Gonzaga team that leads the nation in 2-point percentage.

USC will need to have substantial production from its wings and guards once again to pull off the upset. Tahj Eaddy and Isaiah White combined for 42 points in the Oregon victory and will face off against Gonzaga’s 7th-ranked defense.

No. 11 UCLA vs. No. 1 Michigan (-7)

  • Time: 9:57 p.m. ET
  • Channel: TBS
  • Venue: Lucas Oil Stadium (Indianapolis, Ind.)

After a thrilling overtime win against Alabama, UCLA takes on top-ranked Michigan with a Final Four spot on the line. Six Bruins finished in double figures against the Tide, including Jaime Jaquez hitting several clutch jumpers in the upset. Jaquez and Johnny Juzang have been key in UCLA’s Elite Eight run and will draw major assignments Tuesday.

As for Michigan, the Wolverines have responded to adversity as well as possible with convincing wins over Texas Southern, LSU and Florida State without Isaiah Livers. Juwan Howard’s team has played focus basketball with significant contributions off the bench from Wake Forest transfer Chaundee Brown, who had 33 points in 49 total minutes against LSU and Florida State.

  • Andy Dieckhoff (37-24; 35-26) — SU: Michigan; ATS: Michigan
  • Brian Rauf (33-28; 31-30) — SU: Michigan; ATS: Michigan
  • Connor Hope (38-23; 32-29) — SU: Michigan; ATS: UCLA
  • Eli Boettger (39-22; 23-38) — SU: Michigan; ATS: Michigan
  • Lukas Harkins (39-22; 28-33) — SU: Michigan; ATS: Michigan

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