The Gonzaga Bulldogs host the Montana Grizzlies before a week of no basketball on Tuesday evening.
The two teams have a long history, but it has been quite a few year since the Zags last faced Montana. Then, a No. 20 ranked Zags squad was pushed to the limit, eking out a win, 61-58. Kyle Wiltjer scored 16 as the Zags pushed past a 40% shooting effort.
Things are a little bit different (or are they) this time around. Gonzaga is coming off its overall best effort this season with a huge semi-road win over Alabama on Saturday, 100-90. Six Zags scored double-digit points, highlighted by Drew Timme’s 29.
Montana bounced back from a 3-5 non-conference start and is now riding a three-game winning streak.
For Gonzaga, this is an opportunity to try and manufacture momentum and continue strong play. Crowds during Winter Break are generally a bit more muted, understandably. However, with the major meat of the non-conference schedule behind it, it is up to Gonzaga to figure out how to get amped up for some of these games as conference play approaches.