Two more squads joined Golden Eagles and Brotherly Love in the quarterfinals of The Basketball Tournament on Tuesday afternoon. #22 seed Sideline Cancer made the big push to continue to surprise people by beating #6 Team Challenge ALS in the first game of the day. After that, #3 seed Boeheim’s Army got pushed to the limit by #19 seed Men of Mackey, thus making Dan Dakich look bad after he swore up and down that the Syracuse guys would destroy the Purdue guys.
We’ve got two more Super 16 games coming to you LIVE on ESPN from Nationwide Arena in Columbus, Ohio, and that includes the “home” team getting into the action. Carmen’s Crew, a team identifying as Ohio State alumni, are clearly playing in their hometown, but without fans in attendance, does it really count as a home court advantage?
Jared Sullinger will be handling coaching duties for CC this year, which means that will give the announcing crews a lot of time to focus on talking about point guard Aaron Craft. He’ll get help on the court from Jon Diebler and David Lighty as the names that jump off the page at me from their roster. William Buford is back for the OSU guys after putting up 14 against the Marquette guys in last year’s TBT title game, so he’ll probably chip in quite a bit, too.
Carmen’s Crew is playing in the second of the two games today, and they’ll be facing off against #16 seed House of ‘Paign. While they are by name an alumni team for Illinois, it’s a South Dakota State alum that’s doing their damage for them. Mike Daum went for 21 and 13 in HOP’s first round win over War Tampa, including burying four of his five long range attempts in the process. Sure, Andres Feliz hit for 20 points as well and chipped in seven rebounds, too, but let’s be clear: The Dauminator was the reason why House of ‘Paign is taking on the defending champs. Expect a big game from former DePaul guard Billy Garrett here, too, as he’ll probably be the one pulling the defensive assignment on Craft.
The first game of the afternoon will feature #8 seed Red Scare, ostensibly a Dayton alumni squad, taking on #9 seed Big X. I don’t know enough about Dayton basketball (or care to know more than I do) to have any of the names jump off the page at me here. What I can tell you is that Dyshawn Pierre would have jumped off the page at me, just like he did for ESPN.com when they outlined the best player on every team back on June 23rd. However, Pierre is not on the Red Scare roster page, so I presume he’s out now. I did notice that former Louisville guard Ryan McMahon is in there, but this is just proof that Mike Rutherford over at Card Chronicle made a very big deal out of him scoring 6.3 points per game in 122 career games and I now I know who he is.
This will be the first game of this year’s TBT for Red Scare, as they were the eighth and final team to earn a bye into the Super 16. Big X, on the other hand, had to survive a scare already in this event. They were trailing at the half against #24 seed D2, a squad made up of guys who played Division 2 hoops in college. It was close all the way to the end, right up until C.J. Jackson got his own miss back and popped a second floater up and this time in for the Elam Ender and the 79-74 victory. Jackson, a stray Ohio State guy playing on the Big Ten alumni team, finished with just seven points along with three rebounds and two assists in the contest. It was Michigan State’s Nick Ward leading the way with 18 points and five rebounds, while Javon Bess was the only other Big X guy in double digits. Former Wisconsin forward Khalil Iverson did the dirty work with a game high 11 rebounds, so Red Scare is going to need to put a body on him if they want to advance to the quarterfinals.
The Basketball Tournament 2020
All games on ESPN, and all times Central.
1pm: #8 Red Scare vs #9 Big X
3pm: #1 Carmen’s Crew vs #16 House of ‘Paign