Although Jim Boeheim was unable to watch The Basketball Tournament (TBT) as he was busy watching his sons play basketball, he did keep track of the game on his phone. The coach's army of guys defeated a tough 20th & Olney team, 92-91 in overtime to advance to the Super 17.
"Very gutsy effort in Philadelphia," said Boeheim, "sounded like it was exciting." Exciting indeed as Boeheim's Army fought through overtime, an Eric Devendorf ejection and Baye Moussa Keita shooting floaters (where in the world of Pepperdine is Josh Pace?) to advance to play the Liberty Ballers in Chicago.
"I think it's a great thing," Boeheim continued. "Somebody came up with a great idea and they're getting everybody to play as hard as they can. It's a good event."
Considering this is only TBT's second year since inception, it's pretty impressive how much traction they've been able to gain in terms of fan attention and basketball talent. Boeheim went on to say that he thinks the team has an opportunity to take home the one million dollar prize.
"They've got a nice team. It's a tough tournament, but they've got a chance."
The tournament will only get tougher from here on out. Boeheim's Army will face two trios of former Villanova and Siena players on Friday. If they can get past the Liberty Ballers, the team will most likely play a team with names like Pops Mensah-Bonsu, Michael Sweetney, Roscoe Smith, and Hamady Ndiaye.
With a close game in the second round, the team just might need Olu Famutimi's clutch free throw shooting. As a member of Team Canada, this isn't the former McDonald All-American's first rodeo of teaming up with Syracuse Orange players.