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TBT: Men of Mackey advance to face Boeheim’s Army

We now know our foe

NCAA Basketball: NCAA Tournament-First Round: Purdue Boilermakers vs. Cal State Fullerton Titans Raj Mehta-USA TODAY Sports

After Men of Mackey rallied to defeat Heartfire 83-79 in their TBT opener, they will be the team advancing to play Boeheim’s Army on Tuesday afternoon in the Round of 16. The Syracuse Orange alums will have their hands full on the interior against the team formed by Purdue Boilermakers alumni.

It was a non-Purdue alum who led the Men of Mackey on Sunday evening. Former Washington Huskies player Justin Dentmon scored 33 points while big man Isaac Haas had a double-double with 11 points and 10 rebounds. The Men of Mackey were trailing 77-71 when the Elam Ending went into effect but they went on a 12-2 run to advance.

The inside-outside duo of Dentmon and Haas are going to be a challenge for the Boeheim’s Army defense. We’ll see if Syracuse can use their shooters to pull Haas away from the basket on defense and collapse enough on defense to keep him from dominating the offensive glass.

Hopefully this time the bad mojo of the mis-matched uniforms will work for Boeheim’s Army. Tuesday’s game tips at 4 p.m. ET. The game will be broadcast on ESPN and we’ll have more leading up to tomorrow’s game (plus a thread in the afternoon).