Some former Indiana Basketball players are making a statement in The Basketball Tournament.
The Basketball Tournament — God’s gift to everyone starving to watch basketball — is putting the spotlight directly on Maurice Creek and Remy Abell. More accurately, Creek and Abell have stolen a spotlight that was meant for their opponents.
The two guards played for the Hoosiers in the early 2010s. Creek was a top recruit and averaged 16.4 points per game during his first 12 games as a freshman before multiple injuries tore his career apart. He ended up transferring to George Washington University, leading them to an NCAA tournament.
Abell played in Bloomington for two years before transferring to Xavier. He didn’t have much playing time but was a solid player at both IU and Xavier.
Creek and Abell both play for team Sideline Cancer and have helped lead their squad to the championship of the $1 million cash-prize tournament. Creek has poured in an average of 14.5 points per game over the four games his team has played thus far. He also nailed a game-winner yesterday in Sideline Cancer’s matchup with perennial TBT contender, the Overseas Elite:
Abell has averaged 15 points per game during the tournament. Coincidentally, he also has a game-winner under his belt:
Sideline Cancer has talent, but their aforementioned victory over the Overseas Elite in the TBT semifinals was unprecedented. Overseas Elite won four straight TBT championships from 2014-2018. This team was arguably their most talented, as it featured three-time Drew League MVP Frank “Frank Nitty” Sessions and former NBA All-Star Joe Johnson (who is 39 years old but can definitely still ball).
Sideline Cancer will take on the Golden Eagles Tuesday at 7:00 pm. The Golden Eagles are composed of former Marquette players whom IU fans may recognize. The Marquette alumni made it to the championship last TBT, but fate may just be on Sideline Cancer’s side.