Former Hoosiers keep rolling in TBT #iubb

CHICAGO — For the second straight day, Armored Athlete shot its way to victory in The Basketball Tournament.

Featuring former Hoosiers Jordan Hulls, Will Sheehey and Christian Watford, seventh-seeded Armored Athlete rolled past the 15th-seeded Canton Bulldogs on Sunday at the Shannon Center to advance to next weekend’s Super 16 in Philadelphia.

Hulls hit a 3 to open the scoring for Armored Athlete, followed by three consecutive 3s from former Florida State guard Isaiah Swann to jumpstart the day. The team would go on to shoot 50 percent (18-of-36) from 3 for the day and 48.5 percent overall to back up Saturday’s 54 percent shooting performance, leading 48-31 at halftime.

Armored Athlete also played superb defense for the second straight day, holding Canton to 40.9 percent shooting overall and just 32.4 from 3.

Swann had 22 points to lead all scorers, while Hulls added 12 points on four 3s to go with five assists. Watford chipped in three points and four rebounds, while Sheehey did not play after leading Armored Athlete in scoring on Saturday.

Former Purdue guard Jon Octeus added 11 points, while Butler grad Roosevelt Jones pulled down a game-high nine rebounds.

“With the team that we have, it’s a blessing to play with these guys,” Swann said in a postgame interview with Whistle Sports. “We all understand the game, all want to play the right way.”

Next up for Armored Athlete is Golden Eagles Alumni, a collection of former Marquette players, including two who played for current IU coach Tom Crean — Maurice Acker and Jerel McNeal. The Golden Eagles won 97-70 over Spartan Heroes, a team of Michigan State alumni which included former Spartans Delvon Roe, Charlie Bell and Korie Lucious, among others.

“It’s going to be tough. There’s some good teams out there,” Swann said. “But if we come focused with determination and energy, we can do it.”

2 comments

  1. Who is making the decisions on summer coversge? I like the Chicago coverage in Chicago, but it is inexcusable not to have a reporter in Vegas for Yogi and Troy! The Suns Coach is far superior to the Nets Coach in giving the players a chance to shine. Troy and Ulis are given the freedom to be aggressive. The Nets Coach did not even give Yogi a chance to run the team at point. Yogi was paired with another (weak) PG named Maggett (from Huntsville AL) who rarely passed to Yogi. We never got to see what Yogi could do paired with 2 out of the 3: Kilpatrick, Hollis-Jefferson, or Whitehead (none of whom are PG’s, Kilpatrick and Hollis-Jefferson are 2-3’s and Whithead is a 2). Everyone thinks that Troy will get some NBA guaranteed money. Yogi showed that he could play in the NBA even with sub-par 3-point shooting, which we know will be better. We should have had s reporter there!

  2. Looks like Armored Athlete game Friday will ne televised on one of the ESPN stations. Noon, 2pm and a couple of games in the evening.

    Fancy sports car convertible parked next to Cook Hall this afternoon. Guess Mike or Jeremy had an interview setup?

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