These former Buffs mean business.
A year after a disappointing first-round exit in The Basketball Tournament, this year's Team Colorado has won five games in the winner-takes-all, single elimination tournament with a similar roster. They are now just one win away from the $2 million prize.
Team Colorado advanced to the “TBT” championship game with a 78-70 victory over Always a Brave in New York on Saturday afternoon. Marcus Hall scored 25 points and Marcus Relphorde added 20. Buffs fans will remember Dominique Coleman as a good rebounding guard, and on Saturday he pulled in 15 boards, while also dishing out six assists.
“Our defensive intensity has been off the charts every single game and our togetherness has been great, too,” Team Colorado coach Dwight Thorne said on ESPN after the game.
Richard Roby was unable to play on Saturday due to a sprained MCL. Hall, a serious contender to be the tournament's MVP, had the standout performance despite dealing with a multitude of ailments, including a wrist injury and plantar fasciitis.
“I was over there taking mustard packages, potassium, a couple different things to try to get me going but in the minutes you are on the court, you have to let that go and play ball,” Hall said.
Team Colorado will face Overseas Elite in the championship game on Tuesday at 5 pm (MT) with national television coverage on ESPN. If this group of talented former Buffs can find a way to win one more game, they will split $2 million up.
“We have been saying all along it is not about the money,” Hall said. “It is about representing our school at this level. After college, to have this opportunity to play on ESPN again and represent the University of Colorado, it is a blessing. That is the way we're looking at it.”
But what would happen if they do win the title contest?
“We're gonna celebrate, I know that,” Hall said. “But I don't want to count my chickens before they hatch.”