After a hectic weekend and a COVID-related forfeit, The Basketball Tournament (TBT) is onto the second day of the Super Sixteen. The less-talented teams have been culled and we are left watching some highly entertaining basketball. You can bet TBT lines in several places, FanDuel and MyBookie for example, so get in on the excitement! There are some great opportunities to capitalize on the action in both the games today.
#6 Challenge ALS vs #22 Sideline Cancer
2:00 PM (EST) ESPN
A showdown between two cause-driven teams kicks off our Tuesday TBT action. Challenge ALS is an early favorite at -3.5, but Sideline Cancer has a strong chance to cover that spread. In a Round 1 matchup against a deep Team Hines, Sideline Cancer won a 93-91 battle. With a win over a strong opponent, you have to like the underdogs in this one. Led by Marcus Keene and Diamond Stone, Sideline Cancer put up a bunch of points and should keep the score close to cover one of the more narrow TBT lines.
Both of these teams are talented and have pro players who play overseas so look for this one to be a back and forth affair and with the over/under set at 162.5 take the under. This should be an entertaining game to watch, but with short quarters it is tough to have two teams combine for 163 points. So far in TBT only three of the nine games have cleared that 163 point mark. This game will all come down to who can dominate the boards and capitalize on second chances. Challenge ALS has the size to not get pushed around and may be able to hold on for a win, but for gambling purposes, roll with the underdog Sideline Cancer.
#3 Boeheim’s Army vs #19 Men of Mackey
4:00 PM (EST) ESPN
An early favorite at +600 the Syracuse Alumni of Boeheim’s Army suffered two setbacks before even getting to Columbus. Losing two of their big men in Tyler Lydon (injury) and Chris McCullough (Personal Reasons) is a blow to what was a deep and big team. Men of Mackey outlasted a talented Heartfire squad 85-79 in Round 1. They have the size to punish Boeheim’s Army inside and if the former-Orange drop into their vaunted 2-3 zone the former-Boilermakers have the talent and experience to attack it. Boeheim’s Army may be 7.5 point favorites and should win the game, but Men of Mackey look like a strong cover here.
This one feels like it will be a slog. Neither Syracuse nor Purdue are known for high-scoring squads. However, these alumni teams are not their collegiate selves. Boeheim’s Army is led by scoring guards Malachi Richardson and Eric Devendorf. Each of their wing players can score at will from deep or off-the-dribble. Factor in the range of Donte Green at the forward position and they can fill up the score sheet. Mackey has the size to victimize the Army inside with 7’ 3” Isaac Haas ready to pour it on inside and guard Justin Dentmon seemed to have the ability to score at will as well. With so many offensive options and a favorable over/under set at 153.5 take the over and watch these two alumni squads go at it.