You may have heard about The Basketball Tournament, which is basically a giant, national pickup tournament featuring teams of former college players vying for a $1 million prize. Boeheim’s Army, the Syracuse team in the field (if you couldn’t guess) tipped off tonight and cruised to a 91-73 victory over NYC Superstars. Demetris Nichols paced the Army with 24 points.
Boeheim’s Army entered the tournament as a No. 1-seed, with a roster featuring Nichols, Eric Devendorf, Hakim Warrick, Terrence Roberts, Mookie Jones, Baye Moussa Keita, and player/coach Lawrence Moten, along with non-Syracuse alums Willie Deane (Purdue) and Olu Famutimi (Arkansas). Donte Greene and Rick Jackson are also on the roster, but are missing this weekend’s action due to other obligations.
Boeheim’s Army moves on to the next round of the Northeast Regional, where they’ll face either No. 8-seed 20th & Olney – the hometown team in the regional, which is being played in Philadelphia, consisting mostly of former LaSalle players – or the No. 18-seeded Max’s All-Stars, which is based out of Hofstra but features an assortment of players from around the New York region and also includes players from Fairleigh Dickinson, Utica, Purchase, Fort Hays State, as well as former Iowa State center Damion Staple.
You can check out the full bracket on the official tournament website, with free live streaming of tomorrow’s game. Boeheim’s Army takes the court at 4:15 PM tomorrow.
Devendorf finished with 18 points and seven assists for Syracuse, Willie Deane took a break from not being a Syracuse alum and chipped in 16. Mookie Jones, if you were curious – and of course you were curious – played just eight minutes but still managed to launch up three three point attempts, but sadly did not make any.