THE BASKETBALL TOURNAMENT 2017
NORTHEAST REGION SUPER 16
After three long grueling days without The Basketball Tournament in our lives, TBT returns on Thursday night with the first of four straight days of action coming to you from the campus of LIU-Brooklyn. Up first is the Super 16 round games in the Northeast region. The winners of today’s games will be off until Sunday for the regional championship, which will also be held in Brooklyn.
4pm Central: #1 FCM Untouchables vs #4 Team F.O.E.
6pm Central: #3 Boeheim’s Army vs #7 Team Fancy
Team Fancy is the party crasher in the group of four after knocking off #2 seed Supernova in the second round. Delroy James was the big performer in the upset, going for 21 points and eight rebounds. They’ve gotten to the Super 16 without doing a lot of three-point shooting, connecting on just 31% of their long range shots. What they do excel at, though, is rebounding, with at least three guys grabbing at least five rebounds in both of their games.
They’ll face off with the #3 seeded Boeheim’s Army in the second part of today’s doubleheader. The Syracuse alums knocked off #14 Dubois Dream with relative ease in the first round, then blew a 20 point first half lead against GaelNation, the Iona alumni, before finally dispatching them in double overtime. Donte Green went nuts against GaelNation for the Army, scoring 32 points, but they also got double-doubles from Rick Jackson (11/12/3) and Eric Devendorf (23/10/3).
Untouchables have lived up to their name through the first two rounds, winning by 15 points in their opening round game and a whopping 34 in the second round. They’ve been winning by sharing the ball amongst their eight man roster with four guys getting at least 13 points in both games, and more importantly, only Dewayne Jackson and Marcus Hatten have been in that group in the two games.
Team F.O.E. is the squad backed by twin brother Markieff Morris and Marcus Morris, whom you might remember from their time at Kansas. They’ve got a couple of names on the roster familiar to Marquette fans in Villanova’s Maalik Wayns and former Kansas guard and one-time MU signee Tyshawn Taylor. They had a pair of close wins in their first two games: 80-75 against DC On Point and then 82-75 against Sideline Cancer in the second round. They needed to make rallies in both games in order to advance, but that particular path to victory may not hold up against Untouchables.