Saturday was a chalk-tacular day for The Basketball Tournament. All eight top seeds won in the Midwest region, and seven of the eight won in the West region. The lone lower seed to win? #9 Broad Street Brawlers, who knocked off #8 Trained To Go in the West bracket. That’s it! At least that one has the added bonus of seeing a team from the Jamboree advance into the second round of the tournament.
At the end of the day, we’ll have the eight Super 16 teams from the Midwest and West regions, and next weekend’s action on the campus of LIU-Brooklyn will be set to go. I suppose the big question of the day is whether or not the chalk will hold through another round of games. Purple & Black, the Kansas State alumni team, might be without Jamar Samuels today, as he got busted wiiiiiiiiiiiiide open late in their first round game. Playing with stitches right above your nose is a bad way to go through life. Home team Always A Brave got pushed in the first round, so we’ll see if they come out with fire from the jump in round 2. The most surprising win of Saturday probably belongs to The Stickmen, who trashed Air Force Bomb Squad by 42 points, although Few Good Men also trounced Mostly Sports Delco by the same amount.
Thanks to the same Peoria/Las Vegas split as yesterday, the West Region will start two hours after the Midwest, but that just means that we get two hours of West Region action after the Midwest is already done for the day. There’s always an upside to these things.
THE BASKETBALL TOURNAMENT 2017 SECOND ROUND
All times Central
TBT MIDWEST REGION
11am: #4 Purple & Black vs #5 Hilton Magic Legends
12:45pm: #2 Scarlet & Gray vs #7 Banner Boys
2:30pm: #3 Always A Brave vs #6 Fort Wayne Champs
4:15pm: #1 Golden Eagles vs #8 Majerus SLU Crew
TBT WEST REGION
1pm: #4 Armored Athlete vs #5 Team 23
2:45pm: #1 Team Colorado vs #9 Broad Street Brawlers
4:30pm: #2 Few Good Men vs #7 Team Utah
6:15pm: #3 The Stickmen vs #6 Team Challenge ALS