Former Hoosiers to take court in TBT

Indiana University basketball fans starved for live sports action will get a chance to end a drought of nearly four months this weekend when play tips off in The Basketball Tournament (TBT) on Saturday.

Several former Hoosiers will be in action starting Saturday as the winner-take-all $1 million event takes on a different look due to COVID-19.

The 24 participating teams are all fully quarantined in Columbus, Ohio, with all games at Nationwide Arena and the champion crowned on July 14. All games are televised on ESPN or ESPN2, the first live basketball games in the United States since March 12, but the broadcast teams, including former Hoosier Dan Dakich, will call the games remotely except for sideline reporter Jen Hale.

The first IU players on the court will be Remy Abell and Mo Creek with Sideline Cancer at 4 p.m. on Sunday.

Abell, who finished his college career at Xavier, averaged 14.4 points in nearly 30 minutes per game with Oroszlanyi Sporteglet E Lions in Hungary. It was his first season with the team after two years with the Helsinki Seagulls in Finland.

Creek is coming off his sixth professional season and second in the Ukraine Superleague after closing out his college career at George Washington. After spending last season with BC Kyiv, the Oxon Hill, Md., native moved over to SC Prometey Kamianske where he averaged 16.1 points per game. Creek previously played in the Netherlands, Denmark, Germany and Finland.

The third former Hoosier is Jordan Crawford, who is playing with four-time TBT champion Overseas Elite, which includes former NBA All-Star Joe Johnson and former Indiana Pacer Jarrett Jack. Crawford has played with eight different NBA teams in his professional career, the last being the New Orleans Pelicans in 2018. The Xavier product has also had stints in China, Israel, the D-League and most recently Germany, where he averaged 16 points for Brose Bramberg before the abrupt end of the season due to the coronavirus.

Crawford and Overseas Elite have a first-round bye and will open play next Thursday at 4 p.m.

The final participant is Luke Fischer, whose stay in Bloomington lasted just one semester before transferring to Marquette. He is playing with the Marquette alumni team, Golden Eagles, which has a first-round bye and opens play Monday night at 9 p.m.