TBT Championship Game Preview: (1) Carmen's Crew vs (1) Golden Eagles

 

By: Josh Goldfine | @jgoldfine


Who will take home $2 million tonight live on ESPN?

In the first-ever Championship Game matchup of alumni teams in TBT’s six-year history, it will be a battle for midwestern supremacy between two of college basketball’s most storied programs.

The Golden Eagles, Marquette University’s alumni squad, make their first appearance in TBT’s title game, one year after seeing their championship hopes dashed in a semi-final loss to eventual champion Overseas Elite.

Leading scorer Dwight Buycks (22.6 ppg) can score from almost any spot on the court and is especially dangerous from beyond the arc, where he has connected on 56.3% of his three-point attempts. Averaging 18.7 ppg and 39% from three-point land, Jamil Wilson provides an offensive complement to Buycks. Elgin Cook (15.6 ppg, 7.2 rpg), whose game-winning shot sank Team Colorado in the 2nd round, has been valuable on both ends of the floor.

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Carmen’s Crew, the Ohio State alumni squad, makes its first-ever title game appearance after knocking out four-time champion and previously undefeated Overseas Elite in the semi-finals.

William Buford leads the time in scoring at 18.6 ppg and has made 59.3% of his three-point attempts. David Lighty, who scored 15 of his 18 points in the second half of the semi-final win over Overseas Elite, checks in at 15.0 ppg. Strong rebounding and team defense are hallmarks of this squad, just as they were when many of its players wore Buckeye uniforms. Aaron Craft, whose game-high seven steals keyed the semi-final upset, averages 3.6 steals per game. Jeff Gibbs, the 39-year-old former Otterbein University football and basketball star, brings toughness and guile around the basket. The 2002 Division III Player of the Year averages a team-high six rebounds per game.

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*Note: referees for tonight's game are Keith Kimble, Brian O'Connell, and Clarence Armstrong