TBT Super 16 Power Rankings

 

By: Danny Holdsman | @DHoldsman


Who is the team to beat in Atlanta?

Every team left in the field impressed us these past few weekends, but how do they stack up to each other heading into the Super 16? We ponder this thought in our latest TBT Power Rankings.

1) Overseas Elite

No surprise here. With the additions of Jeremy Pargo and Will McDonald, the three-time reigning champs have their best team yet. Although both of Overseas Elite’s regional games were competitive, its talent proved to be too much in the second half, resulting in two double-digit victories. #TBT2018 looks to be Overseas Elite’s to lose. 

 

2) Scarlet and Gray

This Ohio State alumni team is the team to beat in the Midwest Region. After losing in a double-overtime thriller to Team Challenge ALS in last year’s semifinals, Scarlet and Gray is back with a vengeance. They will be without Jared Sullinger on Friday but will have the services of former number 1 overall draft pick Greg Oden. If they can get to Baltimore, there’s no reason to believe they can’t walk away with the $2 million.

 

3) Ram Nation

This was a very close call for number three. What separates Ram Nation from the next few teams is depth, particularly with the addition of Briante Weber. We expect the Havoc defense to be in full-effect in Atlanta as the VCU alumni team rotates seven guards. The Rams were kicking themselves after blowing a double-digit lead to Overseas Elite last year; and if the bracket holds, they’ll get a chance to flip the script in the quarterfinals. 

 

4) Team Challenge ALS

The runner-ups from #TBT2017 are back and poised to make another run at the title. It took a major comeback in the second round to get past 9-seed CitiTeam Blazers; but the addition of Casper Ware -- their leading scorer from last year -- puts Team Challenge ALS in a solid position to return to the final weekend. 

 

5) Gael Force

This St. Mary’s alumni team made a STATEMENT in TBT’s opening weekend. Competing in the Spokane Hoopfest Pod, Gael Force won its two games by a combined 75 points, including a 47 steamroll over familiar West Coast Conference foe Few Good Men (Gonzaga). Coming into Atlanta with two new pieces -- Emmett Naar and Diamon Simpson -- Gael Force poses a huge threat to Team Challenge ALS to advance out of the West Region.

 

6) Boeheim’s Army

Boeheim’s Army has now advanced to the Super 16 in all four years it’s been in TBT. However, the 1-seed in the Northeast Region was not convincing in its two wins this past weekend. The Orangemen were neck and neck with short-handed 17-seed South Jamaica Kings for most of the game before eventually pulling away. In round two they scraped by Team Fancy, 60-55. Still, they appear to be the favorites to advance out of the region and return to the semifinals. 

 

7) Louisiana United         

Louisiana United turned heads down in Richmond. This first-year TBT team won its two games by an average of 22 points. Led by GM Jerame McNeal and head coach Barry Whitley, Louisiana United is skilled and deep, bringing overseas star Bo McCalebb and sharpshooter Jaren Sina off the bench. When these guys get hot, there’s no stopping them. They opened up against the ATL All Stars on a 19-2 run; in the second round they countered Showtime’s quick start by scoring 30 of the game’s next 32 points and wound up winning handily. Louisiana United is next in line to take its shot at Overseas Elite, and its performance in Richmond has some talking upset possibilities.

 

8) Eberlein Drive

Eberlein Drive made headlines when it sent 2016 runner-up Team Colorado packing in the second round. Donald Sloan led the charge with a game-high 32 points, following up on his 17-point performance in round one. While satisfied with its victories, the Drive was not content; GM Matt Mitchell has spent this week making power moves, picking up James Michael McAdoo -- a two-time NBA champion with the Golden State Warriors -- and 2012 NBA Dunk Contest champion Jeremy Evans. The pair boosts Eberlein’s count of former NBA players to five. Chemistry may be where it lacks, but don’t be surprised if this team is able to knock off some other top seeds in the West Region.

 

9) Team Fredette           

Jimmer put on a show and led his team to the Super 16; but does this team have what it takes to win it all? I doubt it. Team Fredette seems to be too much of a one-man show. Notre Dame grad Jack Cooley was just added to the roster and will provide essential front-court depth. Cooley or not, Team Fredette needs some other guys to step up in a way that I don’t foresee if it wants its TBT debut to go further than a quarterfinal matchup against Scarlet and Gray. 

 

10) Sons of Westwood        

D3 put Sons of Westwood on upset alert in round one. Matt Barnes and the Bruins were able to overcome the early deficit to win by 25. In the next round they fought off 12-seed Albuquerque Hoops by 14. The jury is still out as to how legitimate this team really is. Barnes, Jordan Adams, Isaac Hamilton, newly added 6’10” big man Alex Stephenson, and others will have to reach deep into their bags to pull off the upset of Team Challenge ALS

 

11) Armored Athlete     

Armored Athlete’s second round matchup against Gael Nation was one for the ages. Each team had plenty of chances to win the game, and it came down to a Julian Gamble free throw to push AJ Mahar’s group into the Super 16. Next up for Armored Athlete is 1-seed Boeheim’s Army, another game that has hardwood classic written all over it. Jordan Hulls and company will need a hot shooting performance to break the zone and keep their TBT hopes alive.

 

12) Team DRC        

If there was an award for the MVP of the South Region, it would have gone to Dominique Jones. Jones -- a 2011 NBA champion with the Dallas Mavericks -- averaged 22.5 ppg in his two games in Richmond and dominated the pace of the game. However, DRC’s depth pales in comparison to Ram Nation, its next opponent. If the Rams can tire out Jones and Darius Washington, DRC will have trouble staying in the game. 

 

13) Golden Eagles Alumni

This Marquette alumni team took care of business on its home court in the Big East Pod, but questions have been raised regarding the stiffness of the competition. After narrowly defeating the 14-seed Johnnies, the Golden Eagles received a 29-point outburst from Jamil Wilson to down Hall In and reach the Super 16. Next on the docket is the Cinderella team of #TBT2018, 15-seed Talladega Knights. It may take another lights-out shooting performance from Wilson to avoid the upset.

 

14) Talladega Knights   

Raise your hand if you had these guys in your Super 16. Now put it down because I’m 99% sure you’re lying. The Talladega Knights are the first 15-seed in TBT history to advance to the Super 16, and they did not accomplish that feat through luck. This Philadelphia-based team won three games in under 48 hours and by a combined margin of 49 points. Still, Talladega will be underdogs against the 3-seed Golden Eagles Alumni (Marquette). But hey, something tells me Philadelphians like being the underdogs. 

 

15) Fort Wayne Champs      

Fort Wayne won its two regional games comfortably. However, the 6-seed in the Midwest played both games against double-digit seeds. The Champs had three different players with 20+ point games last weekend in Columbus. Their high volume scoring has to follow them to Atlanta and they’ll need to find a way to limit Jimmer if they want to advance past Team Fredette.

 

16) PrimeTime Players

PrimeTime joins Talladega as the only other double-digit seed in the Super 16. In its second round game against Big X, it came down to a Terell Smith 3-pointer to break the 67-67 tie and get his team to the target score of 70. However, if Big X had Duncan Robinson in uniform, the outcome could have been vastly different. The Players will be the biggest underdog in the Super 16 when they face Greg Oden, Aaron Craft, and the rest of Scarlet and Gray (Ohio State). They got this far in #TBT2015, but it will take an upset of epic proportions if PrimeTime wants to reach its first TBT quarterfinals.  


 

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