What to Know about Scarlet & Gray and Team Challenge ALS

 

By: Josh Brown | @josh_brown31


Scarlet & Gray and Team Challenge ALS Will Go Head-to-Head on Tuesday August 1

Here’s what to know about Scarlet & Gray and Team Challenge ALS, who will play Tuesday in Baltimore, Maryland at Coppin State University. (TICKETS)

When to Watch

Tuesday August 1 7pm ET | ESPN | WatchESPN | TICKETS

Scarlet & Gray

Who are they?

Midwest Champion. #2 seed in the Midwest Region. Ohio State alumni squad with players from the team's historic 2010-2011 season. First appearance in TBT. They won their four previous games by an average of 15.8 points. Dominated the #1 seed Golden Eagles (Marquette alumni) to advance to the semifinals. Former Boston Celtics forward Jared Sullinger is using TBT as a platform to show that he can still play at the highest level after suffering two foot injuries last season. Nate Miller (Bowling Green) and Leon Rodgers (Northern Illinois) are Ohio natives who did not play their college ball at Ohio State. GM/head coach Scoonie Penn was recently named Buckeyes' director of player development.

Who did they beat?

Regional Championship: (2) Scarlet & Gray 81 (1) Golden Eagles 56

Super 16: (2) Scarlet & Gray 81 (3) Always A Brave 72

Round 2: (2) Scarlet & Gray 72 (7) Banner Boys 58

Round 1: (2) Scarlet & Gray 78 (15) The Region 63

Read more about their trip to the Semifinals here.

Who should I keep my eyes on?

Jared Sullinger, Aaron Craft, William Buford Sullinger has shown that he's back at full strength after suffering two foot injuries last season. He's averaging 14.5 ppg and 9 rpg. In typical Sullinger fashion, not only has he been very efficient around the rim but he is shooting the three ball with some success as well. Craft (10.5 ppg, 6.8 rpg, 5.3 apg) is the same exact player as his days at Ohio State. The defensive minded-guard is showing why he was twice named Big Ten Defensive Player of the Year and 2015 D-League Defensive Player of the Year. Buford has really come into his own as the tournament has progressed. He scored 21 points on 9-14 shooting in the team's blowout win over the Golden Eagles.

What to expect

From top to bottom, Scarlet & Gray might have the most raw talent of any of the four teams remaining. They primarly play more of a halfcourt offense. Despite statistically being the worst offensive team in the semifinals (78 ppg), they only allow 62.3 points per game (second least of any team in TBT 2017). If they can keep the tempo slow and not allow games to turn into a trackmeet, they have a great shot at winning TBT. Need to control turnovers. 

 

Team Challenge ALS

Who are they?

West Champion. #6 seed in the West Region. Lowest seed remaining in TBT 2017. GM/SF Sean Marshall was roomates with Pete Frates at Boston College. Donating $250,000 to Frates and his fight against ALS if they win. During the registration process, the team donated $1 to The ALS Assocation for every vote they received. Former BC baseball star Joe Ayers and his father Jim have pledged to donate $5 to the ALS Association for every point that Team Challenge ALS scores in the semifinals and championship. Indiana Pacers point guard Darren Collison coaches the team.

Who did they beat?

Regional Championship: (6) Team Challenge ALS 75 (4) Armored Athlete 63

Super 16: (6) Team Challenge ALS 77 (2) Few Good Men 60

Round 2: (6) Team Challenge ALS 87 (3) The Stickmen 73

Round 1: (6) Team Challenge ALS 97 (11) The Wasatch Front 81 

Read more about their trip to the Semifinals here.

Who should I keep my eyes on?

Sean Marshall, Austin Daye, Casper Ware Although he missed the Super 16 and Regional Championship due to injury, Marshall could return for Team Challenge ALS on Tuesday night. He averaged 21.5 points and 8 rebounds per game during the regional rounds in Las Vegas. He also serves as the team's emotional leader. You can see how much playing for Frates means to him. Daye joined up with the team in Brooklyn for the Super 16 and Regional Championship. The six year NBA vet has fit right in, averaging 10 points and 6.5 rebounds per game. He truly does whatever is best for the team. Ware (15.8 ppg) is a treat to watch. The undersized point guard gets to the bucket with ease, and knocks down his free throws at an 86% clip. The Long Beach State grad is used to winning. In just five years overseas, he has won championships in Germany and France, and has been awarded several honors such as Italian Serie A2 Basket MVP and LNB Pro A Finals MVP.

What to expect

This team plays with a ton of heart. They don't take a possession off. They have steamrolled their opponents, winning by an average of 14.8 points. If this team has one flaw, it's that they haven't faced a ton of adversity yet. It will be interesting to see how they respond if they get punched in the mouth early or fall behind by a bucket or two with a couple of minutes remaining.