The TBT continues Saturday with a packed four-game slate featuring two semi-final matchups in the Syracuse and Wichita areas. 7 of 8 games went to the chalk on Friday, except for Bleed Green who upset Eberlein Drive in the 2-7 game. Let’s dive into the matches and the best Saturday TBT bets!
(1) Boeheim Army -9.5 vs. (4) The Nerd Team
No. 1-seeded Boeheim Army looked like the No. 1 seed on Friday night in a blowout 90-62 victory. They used a balanced offense with several guys scoring in double figures. Their next match will be with Team Nerd, who are coming off a 79-71 win over Brown & White. Jelan Kendrick led the way with 25 shooting points on 11/12 and Brandon Sherrod himself had 17 points and 10 rebounds.
Team Nerd will have to make double-digit threes like they did last night to give themselves a chance in this one to pull off the big upset. Boeheim Army rested their base lads in the 2nd half last night in the resounding victory to be ready for this game. I like that the Nerd team keeps it within striking distance with their perimeter shot and gives the Boeheim Army a competitive game to cover, but the experienced group finds a way to win and make it to the finals of Syracuse.
Choose: The Nerd Team +9.5
This feeling of 1st victory 🥃❕❕
— The TBT Nerd Team (@TheNerdTeamTBT) July 23, 2022
(2) Blue Collar U-3.5 vs. (3) Friday Beers
The second semi-final in the Syracuse area features two teams scoring big wins in the quarter-finals. Blue Collar U won their opener on a road against NG Saints 91-64 due to their 16/36 shooting from 3. CJ Massinburg and Blake Hamilton both led the way scoring 16 points apiece. The Friday Beers rallied from an early deficit to ride in the 2nd half on 17/30 shooting 3. Aubrey Dawkins led them in scoring with 21 points on 5/9 from 3.
This TBT match should be a competitive physical match throughout. I anticipate both teams will regress in their perimeter shot count due to the athleticism and length each team offers defensively. Both teams also really like to get out and run in transition, so the game will come down to which team can get easier transitions. Ultimately, I like that Blue Collar U wears down the Friday Beers with their deep bench and athleticism to cover and advance to the Syracuse Finals.
Choose: Blue collar U -3.5
(1) AfterShocks -5.0 vs. (4) Air Raiders
The No. 1 seed AfterShocks heads into the semifinals after a dominating defensive performance over We Are D3 with an 83-52 win. It was a balanced offensive offense from the AfterShocks with four guys scoring in double figures. Their opponent, the Air Raiders, won a home and away firefight against the B1 Ballers 90-89 on an Elam Ending FT from Davion Warren. Both Warren and ShawnDre’ Jones carried the offensive charge, each scoring 32 points apiece.
This game will feature two of the most physical and defensive alumni teams from Wichita St and Texas Tech. It should be a physical defensive game with the pedigree of those two programs. I like the match for the AfterShocks because of their ability to throw multiple athletes at Warren and Jones to wear them down throughout the match. I love that the AfterShocks cover at the end and advance to the Wichita Finals in front of their home crowd. This is one of my best Saturday TBT bets!
Choose: AfterShocks -5.0
(3) purple and black -5.0 vs. (7) bleeding green
Saturday’s final slate game features two teams coming off epic victories from Elam Ending. The Purple & Black found a way to win 75-73 over the Lone Star Legends behind 30 points from the K-State legend. Additionally, Jacob Pullen also had the winner of the Elam Ending match. In the big upset of the day, Bleed Green pulled off the stunner on Eberlein Drive 79-78 after erasing a 12-point deficit in the 4th quarter. Additionally, Shannon Shorter and Brandon Jefferson both led the way with a combined 39 points. In fact, it was Jordan Davis who hit the winner of the Elam Ending match to advance.
This should be another competitive matchup between two evenly matched teams. The Purple & Black will need to get more points from supporting players outside of Jacob Pullen and Thomas Gibson if they want to advance. This game should end at the very end with another thrilling Elam Ending finish between these two proud alumni-based teams, Kansas St and North Texas. I love that Bleed Green covers, but Purple & Black advances to the Wichita Finals in front of a pro-Wildcat crowd. Love this as one of my best Saturday TBT bets!