Big X Eliminated from The Basketball Tournament

Big X Eliminated from The Basketball Tournament

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Big X Eliminated from The Basketball Tournament


Missing key parts of its team, a team made up of former Big Ten players lost a round two game against Primetime Players to be eliminated from The Basketball Tournament. 


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Big X Eliminated from The Basketball Tournament

The dream matchup won’t happen after all.

When it was announced that a team comprised of former Big Ten players —three — from Ohio State — were going to give it a go in the 2018 version of The Basketball Tournament, many Buckeye fans got excited.

Team Scarlet & Gray was already the No. 1 seed playing in Columbus for the Midwest region, and there was a good possibility that the team mostly formed by former Ohio State and Michigan guard Andrew Dakich would face off in the third round.

But those plans hit a snag Sunday.

Truth be known, the No. 4 seeded Big X squad is just a shadow of what it was supposed to be. Former OSU forward Jae’Sean Tate is out with a broken finger, Kam Williams isn’t suiting up for unknown reasons, and former Michigan sharp-shooter Duncan Robinson messed around in the NBA Summer League a little too much and played his way into a two-way contract with the Miami Heat.

Such is life.

So onward and upward the team went. It survived a thrilling finish to get through to the second round, but couldn’t completely recover from a 62-48 hole entering the fourth quarter against team Primetime Players.

But Big X got back into it and put itself into position to win the ballgame with two back-to-back threes to knot the score at 62 apiece with the under four-minute media timeout coming to set up the target score of 69 in the Elam Ending format.

But the team Big Ten brethren couldn’t convert at key times, and then Primetime Players Terell Smith ended it with a three-point dagger to send Dakich and his teammates home.

 

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