WHO ARE: BOEHEIM'S ARMY TBT 2016

 

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What do you get when you bring back a bunch of legends from one of the most storied college basketball programs in NCAA history and offer a $1 million prize? The biggest outporuing of fan support in TBT's 2015 field. Organized by GM Kevin Belbey, who spent his undergrad career as a manager for the team and is currently a law student at the school, Boeheim's Army offered more than enough nostaglia for even the biggest Syracuse fan in their run to TBT's quarterfinals in 2015. Coached by the school's all-time leading scorer Lawrence Moten last summer, Boeheim's Army, a one seed in TBT's Northeast Regional,  features guys like Eric Devendorf, Rick Jackson, Baye Moussa Keita, and Terrence Roberts, all of whom hold a special part in Syracuse basketball history. Willie Deane, an upstate New York native who played his college ball at Purdue, and former Arkansas Razorbacks star Olu Famutimi also joined the squad in 2015 giving them depth at the guard position.

After the first-time participants receive a popularity bye for gaining the most fans out of any of the 97-teams, Boeheim's Army cruised their way to a 91-73 win over the NYC Superstars. The next day was a much tougher test, with the team slated to take on 20th & Olney, the scrappy La Salle University alumni team featuring players from the school's run to the NCAA Sweet 16 in 2013. Much like an NCAA Tournament game, the underdogs pushed Boeheim's Army to the limit, but a Moussa Keita block in overtime proved to be the difference, and the squad was able to advance to the Super 17 with a 92-91 win. Another tough test awaited Boeheim's Army next in Chicago, and behind 19 from Warrick and 16 from Deane they prevailed once again, this time 78-72 over the Liberty Ballers, but fell to City of Gods in the Northeast Regional Championship Game 80-76 the next day. 

New in 2016

 Donte Greene, who played four years with the Sacramento Kings after his lone season at Syracuse (2007-2008), joins Boeheim's Army. He'll be joined by newcomers CJ Fair, Brandon Triche and Darryl Watkins, who was an All-Star in France this season.

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