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The Basketball Tournament 2019 Preview: #1 Golden Eagles vs #6 Sideline Cancer

The Marquette alumni need one more win to win a regional crown, collect 25% of the ticket sales, and advance to the quarterfinals.

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Maurice Creek led the way for Sideline Cancer in the regional semifinals.
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#1 Golden Eagles vs #6 Sideline Cancer

Date: Sunday, July 28, 2019
Time: 3pm Central
Location: Charles Koch Arena, Wichita, KS
Television: ESPN
Streaming: WatchESPN
Live Stats: Genius Sports

Thanks to tenacity, a bit of luck, and a wrecking ball of a three from Elgin Cook on Saturday afternoon, your favorite Marquette Golden Eagles alumni team beat Team Colorado, 83-81. The win advances the Golden Eagles to the championship game in the Wichita regional, giving them a crack at winning 25% of the ticket sales as the regional champion. Also on the line: A spot in the quarterfinals in Chicago at Wintrust Arena on August 1st.

After playing the role of reliable secondary threat last season in TBT, Cook has been invaluable for Golden Eagles in their first two games in Wichita. Not only has he stepped up his game to propel the MU squad to the regional title game, but he’s done it with Jamil Wilson absent from the lineup. Golden Eagles earned the #1 seed in the region partly on their past history of making it to at least the quarterfinal round of the tournament, but also partly on the strength of the roster they were bringing to the table this year. That included Wilson, who missed the first two games in Wichita due to other commitments. Wilson is set to be ready to play on Sunday afternoon, which will hopefully provide a boon to the MU team’s abilities on both ends of the floor.

They’re probably going to need it, as #6 seeded Sideline Cancer has knocked off the Kansas alumni team and the hosting Wichita State alumni team to earn their spot in the regional championship. Given the name value of the guys on those rosters (check out Ben Snider’s now-slightly-useless region preview for more on those now-defeated teams), it’s clear that everyone has to take Sideline Cancer seriously.

Here’s the lineup that appeared on the court for Sideline Cancer in their 87-79 victory over Aftershocks:

Remy Abell
Kevin Bracy-Davis
Raymond Cowels III
Maurice Creek
Duane Johnson
Marcus Keene
Aron Nwankwo
Eric Thompson
DeVonte Upson

Abell, Creek, Keene, and Thompson are the names to note, at least from Saturday’s game. Abell (played two years at Indiana & two at Xavier) and Creek (played three years at Indiana & one at George Washington) both scored 20 or more points, and Keene threw together a 16 point, six rebound, five assist performance to glue the whole thing together. In case you were asking yourself the question right now, yes, that’s the 5’9” Marcus Keene from Central Michigan grabbing six rebounds. That wasn’t the team high, though, as Thompson, who played at Pacific, grabbed 12, including five on the offensive end. That helped SC score 21 second chance points in their win over Aftershocks.

On top of their domination on the glass on both ends, Sideline Cancer was lighting it up on offense, too. Their 45.2% three-point shooting percentage led them to an effective field goal percentage of 64.4% for the game. Golden Eagles is going to need to find a way to run SC off the three-point line, as more than half of their attempts came from behind the arc. They can’t be allowed to let fly, especially if they’re going to remain as accurate.

As mentioned earlier, the winner of this game advances to Chicago for the quarterfinals on August 1st. They’ll tangle with Jackson TN there, as they won the Memphis region as the #8 seed last weekend.