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What We Learned About Boeheim's Army During the First Weekend of TBT Action

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After blowing out Basketball City NYC and narrowly escaping the clutches of the North Broad Street Bullies, Boeheim's Army is headed to it's second Super 16 in as many years.

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Syracuse Orange basketball in July has such a nice ring to it and Boeheim's Army made sure that the action would continue for at least one more game after surviving a late surge by the North Broad Street Bullies on Sunday.

The first weekend was full of thrills and spills, as several top seeds were bounced from The Basketball Tournament including the number two seed in the West Regional LAUNFD, the number one seed in the South Regional Bluff City Blues (Memphis Alumni), the number two seed in the Midwest Region Ants Alumni (former members of the D-League's Fort Wayne Mad Ants), and the most surprising of them all the number one seed in the Midwest Region The Bluegrass Boys (Kentucky Alumni). The Jackson TN Underdawgs did what no other 16-seed has done in the NCAA Tournament: advance past the first round, knocking off the John Calipari-backed squad.

Boeheim's Army had its own fun this weekend.

CJ Fair took a red-eye jet to arrive just in time for the team's first game on Saturday. Fair had just finished up playing in the NBA's Summer League in Las Vegas and made a pit stop in Baltimore to attend his uncle's wedding. If that's not considered true dedication, then I don't know what is. He would end up scoring 13 points against Basketball City NYC, tied for the second-highest total, alongside Brandon Triche, behind Eric Devendorf's 14. Fair would score 13 again yesterday afternoon to help BA avoid elimination.

Rick Jackson drove 27 hours from Houston to Philadelphia to arrive 30 minutes before tip-off on Saturday. Okay, actually THAT'S the real definition of dedication. When there's $2 million on the line, you do whatever it takes to make it work.

In their first matchup against Basketball City NYC, the teams first appeared to be more evenly matched than it seemed on paper. It was a three-point game at the half with BA leading. Then the Syracuse Alumni squad started to pull away in the second half and their lead was never again in doubt -- a convincing 87-59 victory.

Sunday's game versus the North Broad Street Bullies had the feel of a true Syracuse Basketball game with back-and-forth action and a close score throughout. In true "Cardiac 'Cuse" fashion, Boeheim's Army escaped as the victors, securing a matchup with The Untouchables (Pitt Alumni) in the Super 16.

Devendorf led the way in both games, scoring 14 and 19 points respectively. He was mic'd up at the start of the first game but got rid of it during the team's first timeout, claiming afterwards that it was too bulky. It's unfortunate because it would've been a lot of fun to hear the kind of trash-talking he actually does on the court.

Hakim Warrick delighted the crowds by slamming home two monster jams, proving that he's still got hops:

Baye Moussa Keita grabbed several key rebounds over the weekend both on offense and defense, creating second-chance points for the Army.

Seven players scored in double-figures during the first game against Basketball City NYC while five did so against the North Broad Street Bullies.

The Super 16 game against The Untouchables will tip-off at 7:00pm ET this Thursday. ESPN2 will be televising it, or you can get tickets to see it live here.