On Thursday, Boeheim’s Army booked its ticket to the elite eight of the TBT with a win over the reigning champions Blue Collar U. Grant Riller, an unknown player coming into the tournament, was the hero with 29 points. The defense was stellar, holding Blue Collar U to shooting under 30% from the field.
Up next, the Army competes in the Elite Eight, tonight in West Virginia. Boeheim’s Army takes on Herd That, the Marshall alumni team. In their round of 16 matchup, Herd That beat Sideline Cancer 73-64. Herd That is a team that will spread the ball around. All nine players that saw action scored including seven who scored more than five points. It will be a tough test for the Boeheim’s Army defense but they have held strong so far throughout the tournament.
Rob Gray, a Houston University alumnus, has been the leading scorer through three games for Herd That. Gray is averaging 16.7 points per game. Herd That has been best when Derek Cook is on the floor. The University of Wyoming alumnus who plays professionally in Italy has a +/- of 38. Cook is also the leading rebounder for Herd That, averaging eight a game. He is doing all of this in just 20 minutes of action per contest.
The game is taking place today at 4:00 p.m. in Wheeling, West Virginia. The games are taking place at the WesBanco arena, the home of the ECHL minor league hockey team, the Wheeling Nailers. The game will be nationally televised on ESPNU.
On the line is a trip to the TBT semifinals. The semifinals and finals will both take place in Philadelphia at Daskalakis Athletic Center, the home of Drexel. The winner of today’s game will take on Team Heartfire out of the Wichita region on Wednesday.