Indiana Basketball: Creek and Abell’s TBT run comes to an end

A great story featuring two Indiana Basketball players is now finished.

Former Hoosiers Maurice Creek and Remy Abell enjoyed a nice run in The Basketball Tournament but saw their streak end Tuesday night as they fell to the Golden Eagles 78-73. Creek poured in a team-high 20 points. Abell scored 14 points to go with three rebounds and three assists.

Creek and Abell played for the TBT runner-up squad Sideline Cancer. The team made an unprecedented run to the championship, ousting more talented teams with high-profile names. Most notably, they upset four-time TBT champion Overseas Elite in the semifinals of the $1 million stakes tournament.

The Overseas Elite were heavy favorites to win the tournament at +160 betting odds. Sideline Cancer was dead last, entering the tournament with +12500 odds of winning the championship. Nevertheless, the underdogs came out on top thanks to a game-winning three made by Creek.

The Golden Eagles were a more than worthy opponent to lose to. They finished as the runner up in last summer’s TBT and were not going to be denied this year. They won in large part to a large discrepancy in turnover numbers. Sideline Cancer turned it over 12 times to the Golden Eagles’ six times. Creek and Abell contributed seven of their team’s 12 turnovers.

Creek played three seasons for the Hoosiers. He had a dominant freshman season before falling victim to numerous devastating injuries over the following three years. He ultimately transferred to George Washington University for his senior season and went on to play in several European leagues.

Abell spent two seasons in Bloomington. His minutes hovered around ten minutes per game those two years, and he decided to transfer to Xavier, where he would be guaranteed more playing time.