Gonzaga plays Tennessee in Nashville, Sunday, Dec. 18, 2016.
The eighth-ranked Zags relied on depth and balance to turn back Tennessee’s spirited second-half comeback in an 86-76 victory Sunday before 13,784 mostly orange-clad fans at Bridgestone Arena.
So the Gonzaga Bulldogs are 11-0 now, though if you aimed your binoculars on the “0” Sunday afternoon you could scout a regiment of sweat beads marshaling along the brow.
A Sunday afternoon watching Gonzaga basketball on ESPN2 sounds like fun, right? After all, the undefeated Zags – having won their first 10 games – were in Nashville for a showdown with the SEC’s Tennessee, a rematch of last year’s Battle in Seattle. Except, for much of GU’s 86-76 win, the game wasn’t the show.