Saints Alive, Boeheim's Army, Jimmer and The Basketball Tournament

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One of the most fun new things in sports over the last few years has been The Basketball Tournament. It's what it sounds like: A 72-team single-elimination tournament that any team can enter with a $2 million winner-take-all prize.

Part of what's made TBT so much fun is that a bunch of the participating teams have been made up of alumni from college basketball teams. And this year's TBT includes alumni teams for both Siena and Syracuse (and they could play each other).

Saints Alive
The Siena alumni team -- Saints Alive -- features such Siena greats as OD Anosike, Kenny Hasbrouck, Ronald Moore, Ryan Rossiter, and Edwin Ubiles. It takes on Team Fancy, a collection of players from a bunch of colleges, this Saturday at 8:40 pm in Brooklyn. The game will be available via Watch ESPN.

Boeheim's Army
The Syracuse alumni team -- Boeheim's Army -- has been one of the mainstays of TBT the last few years, bowing out last year in the final four to (now) three-time champ Overseas Elite. This year's Boeheim's Army is stacked, with players such as Eric Devendorf, Kris Jospeh, Demetris Nichols, James Southerland, Brandon Triche, Hakim Warrick, and the late addition of Arinze Onuaku. Boeheim's Army plays the winner of South Jamaica Kings/Philadelphia Stars this SaTurday at 6:50 pm in Brooklyn. The game will be available via Watch ESPN.

And if both Boeheim's Army and Saints Alive win their first games, they'll face each other Sunday at 4:40 pm. And the game will again be on Watch ESPN.

Also in this year's TBT: Jimmer! Yep, Jimmer Fredette is suiting up for Team Fredette (his brother TJ is one of the the GMs). His team plays Saturday at noon in Columbus against the winner of West Coast Ronin/Peoria AllStars. The Lonely Master averaged almost 37 points per game for the Shanghai Sharks in China this past season.


There are several members of the Albany Patroons on various TBT teams this year. Besides Edwin Ubiles, who is on the Saints Alive team, EJ Gallup is suiting up for Team Fredette, while DeAndre Thomas is on a squad called "The Region," made up of former hoops stars from the Chicago / Gary, Indiana area.

Last weekend, Albany Patroons Rookie of the Year Xavier Moon scored 15 points in the TBT to help his squad, Atlanta Dirty South, upset a Kansas State alumni team called Purple and Black. Dirty South almost made it two upsets in a row, before falling to a team of Virginia Commonwealth alumni called Ram Nation.

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