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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.
The key moment, offensive player of the game and defensive player of the game from Gonzaga’s 86-76 win over Tennessee on Sunday, Dec. 18, 2016 at Bridgestone Arena in Nashville, Tennessee.
Gonzaga plays Tennessee in Nashville, Sunday, Dec. 18, 2016.
The rematch of last year’s Battle in Seattle between No. 8 Gonzaga and Tennessee is Sunday at Bridgestone Arena, home of the NHL’s Nashville Predators. Nashville is roughly 185 miles from Tennessee’s campus in Knoxville.
Tennessee’s challenge when facing Gonzaga in Nashville on Sunday will be dealing with 7-foot-1, 300-pound Przemek Karnowski and frontcourt mates Zach Collins, Johnathan Williams and Killian Tillie.