- Quarterfinals of the 2020 edition of The Basketball Tournament begin Friday, July 10th at the Nationwide Arena in Columbus, Ohio
- House of ‘Paign, which pulled off TBT’s biggest upset so far, faces Red Scare, while the Golden Eagles take on Team Brotherly Love
- Read below for the game odds and our best TBT betting picks for July 10th
After a pair of thrilling games Thursday, the Round of 16 in the 2020 edition of The Basketball Tournament wrapped up in magnificent fashion.
Herd That’s unlikely run to the $1 million first-place prize became a step closer to reality after a 102-99 win over No. 7 seed The Money Team. Chris Cokley poured in a game-high 32 points on 12-of-20 shooting in the win for the No. 23 seed, which scored the final seven points and closed the game on a 16-2 run.
The Cinderellas of Columbus will now face tourney favorites Overseas Elite Saturday. The No. 2 seed overcame No. 15 seed Armored Athlete’s upset bid, winning 76-70 in their first TBT game this year. Former Portland Pilot standout Pooh Jeter had a game-high 22 points, while Joe Johnson scored 13 in his TBT debut to help the chalk advance to the quarterfinals.
The quarters get underway Friday with a pair of enticing matchups. The headliner is No. 16 seed House of ‘Paign going against No. 8 Red Scare. That one is preceded by No. 12 seed Team Brotherly Love facing off against the No. 4 seed Golden Eagles.
(16) House of ‘Paign vs. (8) Red Scare
|House of ‘Paign||-2 (-115)||-144||O 152.5 (-112)|
|Red Scare||+2 (-110)||+114||U 152.5 (-112)|
Odds taken July 9th. Tip-off is 4pm ET
No ‘Paign, No Gain
With all due respect to Herd That’s epic win Thursday over the Floyd Mayweather-funded TMT, the University of Illinois alumni team’s shocker over defending champion – and TBT’s No. 1 seed – Carmen’s Crew on Wednesday was the upset of the event so far.
LETS GOOOO!!!! Huge win over the reigning champs @CarmensCrew You wanna be the best you gotta beat the best!
— House of ‘Paign (@IlliniTBT) July 8, 2020
Mike Daum had a game-high 23 points for ‘Paign in that stunner over the Ohio State alumni team Wednesday, and head plenty of observers touting his chances for gaining a spot on an NBA roster in short order.
The @thetournament WOW. Mike Daum is an @NBA offensive PLAYER. @IlliniMBB @IlliniTBT is as tough minded and purposeful any in the TBT. @verdadero_andre flat competes. pic.twitter.com/Agzbz8GU44
— Seth Greenberg (@SethOnHoops) July 8, 2020
Red Scare has talent too, though. The Dayton alumni team had four players in double-figures in their 77-68 victory over Big X Wednesday, led by 15 points from Darrell Davis. And while you would think Red Scare might be the favorites in this spot as the higher seed and better pre-tourney odds to win it all (+1500 vs. +2200 for House of ‘Paign), they’re the underdogs Friday. But I still like the Daum and Co.
The Pick: House of ‘Paign -2 (-115)
(12) Team Brotherly Love vs. (4) Golden Eagles
|Team Brotherly Love||+3 (-112)||+120||O 153.5 (-112)|
|Golden Eagles||-3 (-112)||-154||U 153.5 (-112)|
Tip-off at 2pm ET
Philly vs. Milwaukee
The quarterfinals get underway at Nationwide Arena featuring a contest between a pair of blue-collar teams from blue-collar cities.
If you love good, tough basketball, watch this @thetournament Quarterfinal tomorrow on @espn. Two veteran junkyard dog teams with great respect for each other. Philly vs. Milwaukee. 👍🏻🏀 https://t.co/R1oXIx9qS7
— Fran Fraschilla (@franfraschilla) July 10, 2020
The No. 12 seed Brotherly Love beat Stillwater Stars 87-71 in their Round of 16 game to get here. Point guard Khalif Wyatt had a team-high 27 points in the victory, while shooting guard Ramone Moore put up 24. With that kind of backcourt scoring, don’t be surprised if Love continues its Ohio run. The unit entered as +1500 longshots to win it all.
Meanwhile, the Golden Eagles entered TBT as +450 favorites – right behind Overseas Elite and Carmen’s Crew. The Marquette alumni team lost in the title game last year to Carmen’s 66-60, and feel like this could be their year with the likes of Aaron Craft and David Lighty out of the way.
The Eagles beat Team CP3 76-67 in their Round of 16 game. Darius Johnson-Odom had a game-high 21 points in that one – including shooting 5-of-6 from beyond the arc. He spoke of his groups cohesiveness after the win.
It’s just our knowledge of the game,” said the former first-team All-Big East selection. “Playing with each other, moving the ball.”
Dwight Buycks – who averaged the fifth-most points in TBT last year – had a relatively quiet 2020 TBT debut, putting up 12 points. But he also chipped in five rebounds and five assists. Look for the former French Pro A Foreign MVP to rise up Friday.
— TBT (@thetournament) July 7, 2020
While I love Brotherly Love’s guard play, I also love the Golden Eagles’ chemistry. Keying off what Johnson-Odom said, Coach Joe Chapman had a similar take.
“We know each other,” said Chapman. “It makes it easier to trust each other down the stretch. We’re hungry. We’ve got guys who’ve got a chip on their shoulder from last year, who know we were two possessions away [from the title].
The Golden Eagles’ motivation in this spot has me leaning toward the Marquette alums to advance to the semifinals and one step closer winning their first TBT title.
The Pick: Golden Eagles -3 (-112)