The Orange is playing in its third Final Four (kinda, sorta, not really) in five years today. However, this one isn‚Äôt coming in March, rather August Madness has struck for Boeheim‚Äôs Army in The Basketball Tournament as they take on Overseas Elite. After a comeback for the ages against Team FOE that was fueled by a 40-10 second half run, the Syracuse alumni squad is hoping their luck doesn‚Äôt run out as early as it did when many of their current players played in the actual Big Dance. If you‚Äôre not familiar with Boeheim‚Äôs Army, let‚Äôs get you up to speed:
Who‚Äôs on this team?
Boeheim‚Äôs Army is fueled by Eric Devendorf, who is showing flashes of his old Big East performances. Aside from him, former Orange stars James Southerland, CJ Fair, Donte Greene, Brandon Triche, Trevor Cooney amongst others round out the roster. This semi-final appearance is the team‚Äôs best run in its three-year TBT history.
Who is Overseas Elite?
Only the best team ever in TBT history. The squad is comprised of exactly what you would think: the best foreign players. Overseas Elite is a perfect 17-0 in The Tournament over the past three years and is on the brink of establishing the first TBT dynasty. If it pulls off two more wins, Overseas Elite will have pulled off the three-peat and profited five million dollars during that span. They are led by a fair amount of recognizable names. Former San Antonio Spur and Pitt Panther Dejuan Blair is the most notable player on the roster, however he is not the team‚Äôs biggest contributor. Former Arizona Wildcat Kyle Fogg is the team‚Äôs leading scorer and dropped 42 points in last years‚Äô semi-final. Aside from him, the SU alumni face another NBA star‚Äôs younger brother. After taking down Klay Thompson‚Äôs bro, Mychel, in the previous round, Boeheim‚Äôs Army draws Errick McCollum, brother of the Portland Trail Blazers‚Äô CJ, who is a booster for the team. Errick is one of the team‚Äôs more dynamic scorers at 15.5 points per game.
How can I watch?
The game is on ESPN at 9 PM ET. Or if you‚Äôre in the Baltimore area, trolley on down to Coppin State and catch some of your favorite former Orange players.
What‚Äôs at stake?
Two. Million. Dollars. Need I say more?