Gonzaga reached a milestone in the AP college basketball poll on Monday, but it would have preferred to do it coming off a win. The Zags (7-2) dropped two spots to No. 5, marking its 100th consecutive appearance in the top 25, after falling to Alabama 91-82 Saturday in Seattle.
SEATTLE – The most positive aspect of No. 3 Gonzaga’s 91-82 loss to No. 16 Alabama is that it occurred on the fourth day of December and not the third week of March, when defensive lapses and blunders at the free throw line will cost teams much more than a few spots in the national rankings.
Sporting a red beanie and exuding more energy than his entire row combined, Branon Tanev – or Turbo as he is so aptly nicknamed – was in attendance for the ‘Battle in Seattle’ between No. 3 Gonzaga and No. 16 Alabama in Climate Pledge Arena.
SEATTLE – When Mark Few gave his initial scouting report of Alabama, Gonzaga’s coach hinted at the “high-octane offense” the Crimson Tide would bring to Seattle for Saturday’s Top 25, nationally televised showdown.