Boeheim's Army defeated 20th & Olney on Sunday to advance to the Super 17 in Chicago. The former Syracuse Orange players will now meet the Liberty Ballers at 5:45 p.m. CT (6:45 EST) on Friday the 24th.
Fans will remember the names Reggie Redding, James Bell and Antonio Peña, three former Villanova players competing for the Liberty Ballers. Also on the roster are Siena alums Ronald Moore, Ryan Rossiter and Kenny Hasbrouck, who all scored over 1,000 points in their collegiate careers. The troika of Siena players lost to Syracuse in 2007 -- Moore and Hasbrouck combined for 38 points in the loss against Eric Devendorf, Rick Jackson and Donte Greene.
The Super 17 games will air live on ESPNU and as of right now, only the Saturday games are listed to be streamed on ESPN3. Dan Dakich will be on call for ESPN.
Despite his ejection, Eric Devendorf will be eligible to play next game. Should Boeheim's Army get past the Liberty Ballers, they could face Team City of Gods or Sideline Cancer on Saturday. Team City of Gods features Michael Sweetney, (Georgetown) James Gist, (Maryland) Roscoe Smith, (UConn and UNLV) Hamady Ndiaye (Rutgers) and Pops Mensah-Bonsu. (George Washington)
TNIAAM spoke to GM Kevin Belbey following the win on Sunday about the week ahead.
"The team will not practice this week but will be in touch regarding strategy. Everyone is flying out individually (covered for by The Tournament) on Thursday. I am working on coordinating another meet-and-greet with the Chicago alumni club."
When asked whether Donte Greene and Rick Jackson would be able to make the trip to Chicago, Belbey proclaimed,
"We are planning on them both being there!"
It will be interesting to see if Boeheim's Army decides to sprinkle in more man-to-man as they did in Philadelphia. Player-coach Lawrence Moten said following the game on Sunday,
"I love coach Boeheim, but I'm just not a zone guy... We went man-to-man and those guys buckled down. We held our heads up high. We played good solid defense."
If you're just getting on the bandwagon, there are only a few limited edition white jerseys still available for sale. Fans in the Chicago area can attend the event at DePaul University by purchasing tickets here.
Finally, if not for Baye Moussa Keita, the team might not have had a chance to be in Chicago this weekend. Step aside, Hakim Warrick. There's a new block in town.