Updates: No. 3 Gonzaga takes on No. 16 Alabama in the Battle for Seattle

<p><h3></h3></p><p><h3></h3></p><p><h3>First half</h3></p><p><p><strong>4:41 – Alabama 36, GU 30: </strong>A five-point outburst in less than a minute forces a Tide timeout. Four points off of turnovers, including a slam. </p></p><p><p><strong><strong>5:32 – Alabama 36, GU 25:</strong></strong> Mark Few is unhappy with the defensive rotations by the Bulldogs after another made 3 for Alabama. He calls a timeout, chatting with the refs as the team collects around the bench. Zags not helping themselves at the charity stripe where they are 3 for 8. </p></p><p><p><!—-></p></p><p><p><strong><strong>7:50 – Alabama 31, GU</strong></strong> <strong>22: </strong>A real struggle for the Zags here in Seattle. Alabama is finding loads of space on the perimeter and has made GU pay. The Tide are shooting 40% from behind the arc, knocking down 6 of 15. On the offensive end, the Bulldogs have been unable to get out and run because of the solid-shooting Tide. </p></p><p><p><strong><strong>11:26 – GU 18, Alabama 18: </strong></strong>A very equal start for both teams at the second media timeout. Bulldogs have two made 3’s to Alabama’s four. GU still working to figure out the length and athleticism of the Tide. Timme and Jaden Shackelford each have six points. </p></p><p><p><strong>15:36 – GU 11, Alabama 10:</strong> Holmgren with a strong start, fights hard through two defenders to find Timme who leads all scorers with six points. He is 3 for 5 from the floor. The Bulldogs have been able to run a couple times, but have also executed out of their halfcourt sets. </p></p><p><p><!—-></p></p><p><h3>Starting 5</h3></p><p><p><!–[photo id=756843]–></p></p><p><h3>Pregame</h3></p><p><p>The Battle in Seattle is back after a six year hiatus, but now with a new venue – the Climate Pledge Arena.</p></p><p><p>No. 3 Gonzaga (7-1) takes on No. 16 Alabama (6-1) at 5 p.m. on ESPN2. The Bulldogs are coming off a 64-55 win over Tarleton State while the Crimson Tide beat Miami 96-64.</p></p><p><p>The Zags looked sluggish in their last game, coming off a vegas hangover and a 84-81 loss to Duke. Alabama lost to Iona in the first game of the ESPN Events Invitational 72-68 on Nov. 25, before beating Drake and the Hurricanes in Orlando, Florida.</p></p><p><p>It will be Gonzaga’s fourth top-20 game of the year, beating then-No. 5 Texas, then No. 2 UCLA and losing to then-No. 5 Duke. Alabama has not played a top-25 foe, but face No. 3 Gonzaga, No. 15 Houston and No. 18 Memphis over the next 10 days.</p></p><p><p><!—-></p></p><p><p><!—-></p></p><p><p><!—-></p></p><p><p><!—-></p></p><p><p><strong>Series history</strong></p></p><p><p>This is the first meeting between Gonzaga and Alabama, and will be the 11th Southeastern Conference team to play against the Zags.</p></p><p><p>The Bulldogs have a 16-9 all-time record against the SEC, most recently beating Auburn 90-67 on Nov. 27, 2020. The only SEC teams with a winning record over the Zags is Kentucky (1-0) with a 80-72 win in 2002.</p></p><p><p>GU’s first SEC game was a 70-68 win over Mississippi State in 1997.</p></p><p><p><!–[photoset id=10601]–></p></p><p><p><strong>Team stats</strong></p></p><p><p><!—-></p></p><p><p><strong>Individual leaders</strong></p></p><p><p><!—-></p></p><p><h3>Game preview</h3></p><p><p><!–[teaser id=985099]–></p></p><p><p><!–[teaser id=985098]–></p></p><p><h3>More on the Zags</h3></p><p><p><!–[teaser id=985029]–></p></p><p><p><!–[teaser id=985007]–></p></p><p><p><!–[teaser id=984927]–></p></p><p><p><!–[teaser id=984947]–></p></p>