Boeheim’s Army had one heckuva opening weekend, easily winning their first round game against Dubois Dream then bringing back #CardiacCuse into everyone’s lives with a double overtime win over GaelNation. Now the alumni move to Brooklyn (long since annexed) for the Super Sixteen and to inch a step closer to the $2 million prize.
Super Sixteen: Team Fancy
The non-chalk team, Team Fancy upset the no. 2 team of Villanova alumni led by four players scoring in double digits. The team is “boosted” by Yogi Farrell (you remember him) and Frank Mason III, the team says they represent the best of New York City’s born-and-bred professional hoopers.
Fancy doesn’t have a ton of size with just three players 6’8” or taller, but they take advantage of what they have. Delroy James (PF, 6’8”, pictured) led all scorers in their ‘Nova upset with 21, and right behind him was power forward Ryan Pearson and center Kyle Hunt.
The battle of NYC will be a close one, with Boeheim’s Army needing really strong performances from Donte Green, Rick Jackson and CJ Fair if they want to have a shot to play one of the teams below.
Regional Championship: Team FOE
Team “Family Over Everything” is founded by by Markieff Morris (Kansas) and his twin brother Marcus focusing on Philly based basketball players. Tyshawn Taylor (pictured above) will return to Brooklyn after scoring 21 in FOE’s opening game and 13 in their second game.
Team FOE’s strength is something most teams don’t have: depth. They beat Sideline Cancer with 5 players scoring double digits, but none with more than 15. Vincent Simpson put up 13, teaming with Taylor to make a dangerous combo in the back court. But remember that depth thing? The one team in the tournament who can match that...
Regional Championship: FCM Untouchables
Last year, the Untouchables were the Pitt Alumni team that knocked Boeheim’s Army out in the Super Sixteen. So yeah. There’s that.
The rebrand seems to have done wonders for the Untouchables as they have lived up to their name; their two wins in the opening weekend have been by an average of 24.5 points. Marcus Hatton (previous of St. John’s) has been their best player points wise, but Dewayne Jackson at small forward looks to be the toughest matchup on the floor.
Should the Orange meet these guys, it’ll be on the guards to play the defensive game of the tournament as well as finding the three point specialists around the floor.
So who’s ready for some basketball? Will Boeheim’s Army avenge past losses? Or are we going to have to write another article about Pitt beating Cuse? Please not the latter.