Well, here we are, one day after Andrew Rowsey competed in the State Farm 3-Point Championship, and we have another event with the Marquette senior guard to keep an eye on.
We also have to prepare this viewing guide on Thursday, and as things stand right now, I can’t tell you exactly when Rowsey and the Big East team will be playing their pool play games. Are they going to play once on Friday and twice on Saturday? All three times on Saturday? Something else? Who knows! 3X3Uhoops.com doesn’t have a schedule up right now.
What I can tell you is this: Rowsey is joined on the Big East squad by Xavier’s J.P. Macura, Seton Hall’s Desi Rodriguez, and Providence’s Rodney Bullock. Trevon Bluiett from Xavier was originally announced as part of the team, but he’s been replaced by Bullock for whatever reason. As a team, they’ll win $1,000 for each win in pool play. The eight pool play winners will advance to the quarterfinals, and wins in the quarterfinals, semifinals, and third-place game would mean another $1,000 for the squad. If they advance to the championship game and win, that would grab them a $50,000 prize to split.
While we don’t know the schedule for the Big East team, we do know the three squads in their pool with them.
- Mid-American: Mike Laster, Ohio; Wes Clark, Buffalo; Kevin Zabo, Kent State; Cecil Williams, Central Michigan
- Big West: Chance Murray, UC Riverside; Victor Joseph, Cal Poly; Leland King II, UC Santa Barbara; Gabe Vincent, UC Santa Barbara
- Atlantic Sun: Brandon Goodwin, Florida Gulf Coast; Nick Masterson, Kennesaw State; Divine Myles, Stetson; Ramel Thompkins, USC Upstate
If you take such things into account, KenPom marks Goodwin as the best player in the A-Sun this season and includes King as one of the five best coming out of the Big West. If the name of Nick Masterson sounds familiar to you, that’s because he’s the guy who finished second to Markus Howard in the three-point shooting percentage race last season. He followed that 53.1% performance up this season by shooting 55.1% from long range on 118 attempts.
The three-point shooting will be particularly important in this event. Shots inside the arc are worth one point, while outside shots are worth two points. Teams are playing first to 21 wins, but the game will come to an end after 10 minutes if no one has reached 21 points yet. With Rowsey (42% on threes this year) and Macura (38%) on the roster, you have to like the Big East’s chances in this tournament, and don’t ignore the abilities of Rodriguez (37%) and Bullock (33%).
2018 Dos Equis 3X3U National Championship
Location: Bill Greehey Arena, St. Mary’s University, San Antonio, TX
Date: Friday, March 30
Time: 6pm Central through 11pm Central
Date: Saturday, March 31
Time: 10 am Central through 3pm Central
UPDATE: Thanks to Seton Hall, we know when the Big East squad will play on Saturday.
1pm Central: vs Mid-American Conference
2:40pm Central: vs Big West
Date: Sunday, April 1
Time: 1pm Central through 4:30pm Central
Television: ESPN2 (2:30pm-4:30pm)
Streaming: Twitter.com/3X3Uhoops (1pm-2pm); WatchESPN (2:30pm-4:30pm)