The Basketball Tournament is starting to heat up, as we head into the regional final portion of the bracket. Still in the running for the $2 million prize: Scarlet & Gray, a team comprised mostly of former Ohio State basketball stars.
This collection of past Buckeye talent has shined through The Basketball Tournament, especially in Saturday’s contest against Always A Brave, a team built around former standouts from Bradley University. In their 81-72 victory, Scarlet & Gray had breakout performances from Jared Sullinger and Aaron Craft. Both Buckeyes scored 21 points and collected 9 rebounds apiece, propelling the Scarlet & Gray to the next round.
Here are those highlights from the Scarlet & Gray’s Super 16 win:
Ohio State’s new Director of Player Development Scoonie Penn is the GM of this squad, and a win in the Midwest Region Final would send Scarlet & Gray to the Semifinals in Baltimore, Md. on Aug. 1.
Who is Team Scarlet & Gray playing against for the Midwest Region crown?
This regional final will be a showdown between the No. 1 and No. 2 seeded teams. Scarlet & Gray comes in as the region’s No. 2 seed, and the Golden Eagles come in as the region’s No. 1 seed.
Team Golden Eagles is comprised of Marquette University alums, and they have been a force in the tournament so far. In Round 1 of the tournament, the Golden Eagles knocked off Midwest Dream Squad, 103-89. In Round 2, the team comprised of Saint Louis University alums fell to the Golden Eagles, as did Purple and Black (the Kansas State alum team) in the Super 16.
In their Super 16 win, the Golden Eagles had four players reach double-digit scoring outputs. Forward Davante Gardner led the squad in both points and rebounding, picking up 20 points and 9 rebounds. As a team, the Golden Eagles secured 9 steals, and shot 45.8 percent from the field.
If you want to see what Team Scarlet & Gray is going up against, here’s the highlight clip of Team Golden Eagles’ Super 16 victory:
If Scarlet & Gray pull off the upset, then they would move on to the semifinals in Baltimore on Aug. 1. The semifinal contests will be aired on ESPN.
One semifinal will start at 7 p.m. and the other semifinal will tip-off at 9 p.m. The winners from those games will advance to the championship game—with the $2 million dollar prize on the line. The championship game will be in Baltimore and will take place on Aug. 3 at 7 p.m. Like the semifinals, ESPN will be the station that broadcasts the game.
How to watch
Time: 12 p.m. EDT
Location: Brooklyn, NY
Online: WatchESPN or on the App