Overcoming a huge second-half deficit to reach the final four is a familiar sight for Syracuse Basketball fans. Over a year has passed since the underdog Orange knocked off Virginia in the Elite 8 of March Madness. This time, it’s been the former Orange stars who have been making the magic happen. After trailing Team FOE by 25 with just under 12 minutes to play in the tournament quarterfinals, a run for the ages saw Boeheim’s Army come out on top.
One the best comebacks in Orange history! I didn't even have to speak to the officials once. @BoeheimsArmy on to the TBT Final Four
— Jim Boeheim (@therealboeheim) July 23, 2017
For those unfamiliar, The Basketball Tournament, or “TBT,” is a 64 team, single elimination tourney, with a winner take all reward of $2 million. Now two wins away from taking home the prize, a collection of former SU players face their toughest test yet in Overseas Elite. The TBT powerhouse boasts a mix of talent and experience. Coming in as two time defending champions of the tournament, they have racked up a record of 17-0 during their three appearances thus far. More info about the game can be found below.
Matchup: Boeheim’s Army vs. Overseas Elite
Location: Coppin State University – Baltimore, MD
Time: Tuesday, 9 P.M. ET
The winner will appear in the championship game on Thursday at 7 P.M. ET.
So far throughout the tournament, Boeheim’s Army has brought a heavy dose of Cardiac ‘Cuse into the summer. They needed double overtime to secure a win over GaelNation (Iona Alumni), before grinding out late victories against Team Fancy and Team FOE. Eric Devendorf (18.0 ppg) and Donte Greene (17.3 ppg) have led the team in the scoring column this year, and big plays late from James Southerland and Brandon Triche have been crucial as well. A full Boeheim’s Army roster can be found here.
Overseas Elite are no strangers to big moments either. Point guard Errick McCollum is the brother of Portland Trail Blazer C.J. McCollum and has a Eurocup MVP under his belt. He complements guard Kyle Fogg, who starred at Arizona and was TBT MVP last year.
Overseas Elite’s frontcourt is just as impressive. Forwards D.J. Kennedy and DeJuan Blair both spent their collegiate years battling in the Big East at St. John’s and Pittsburgh. Kennedy was a member of the all-tournament team last year. Blair, possibly the biggest name on the roster, spent seven years in the NBA.
To reach Baltimore, Overseas Elite outlasted Ram Nation in the quarterfinals.
— TBT (@thetournament) July 26, 2017
Don’t be surprised if Carmelo Anthony is in attendance on Tuesday, as he made a push to bring the TBT final four to his hometown of Baltimore, and hinted at making an appearance on Twitter before the Boeheim’s Army quarterfinal win.
Good luck to Cuse. The dream is still alive. Win this one and I'll see you in Baltimore! #TBT2017
— Carmelo Anthony (@carmeloanthony) July 23, 2017
The Basketball Tournament is a unique summer spot for basketball nostalgia. It’s a blast from the no-so-distant past to see Eric Devendorf doing some trash talking, Brandon Triche finishing through contact at the rim, and Scoop Jardine showing off his signature smile while cheering on his team. Their smiles will all seem much brighter if Boeheim’s Army can find a way to win two more games, and take home the $2 million paycheck.
Keith Bremer is a 2015 graduate of Newark High School and is currently attending Syracuse University and is a contributor to FingerLakes1.com. Comments and feedback on this article can be posted below or directed to Keith at firstname.lastname@example.org.