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The low-down on Boeheim’s Army before The Basketball Tournament tips

first_img Published on July 8, 2017 at 5:00 pm Contact: jtbloss@syr.edu | @jtbloss PHILADELPHIA — The Basketball Tournaments starts Saturday with regional play in Philadelphia and Charlotte, North Carolina. Boeheim’s Army, a team composed of SU basketball alumni, plays at 6 p.m. in the northeast region’s preliminary round home of Philadelphia University. As the region’s No. 3 seed, the former Orange take on 14-seed DuBois Dream, a team of players hailing from the DuBois, Pennsylvania area. As the seeding shows, DuBois Dream is a clear underdog.Here’s what else you need to know for this weekend’s action:What is The Basketball Tournament?TBT is a 64-team, single-elimination tournament. The games are five-on-five. Anyone older than 18 is eligible, and most teams are made up of guys who played for the same college program or grew up in the same city. It is broadcast and streamed by ESPN. The winning team takes home a prize of $2 million.Teams enter through a variety of avenues. Nine teams in each of the four regions are chosen strictly by fan voting. Boeheim’s Army was one of the top vote-getters in the northeast region. Six more are at-large teams, meaning they met certain requirements, including the minimum of 100 fans and seven players. The final team in each region competed in a play-in tournament, called TBT Jamboree.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textMeet the squadNew members of Boeheim’s Army include Trevor Cooney, John Gillon, Scoop Jardine and DaShonte Riley. Altogether, the roster includes eight current pros. Also playing are current SU assistant Eric Devendorf, C.J. Fair, Rick Jackson, Donte Greene, James Southerland and Brandon Triche. However, Southerland is unavailable this weekend because he’s out west participating in the NBA summer league play, and Greene won’t be in Philadelphia until Sunday. Boeheim’s Army will play then if it wins Saturday.The team is coached by former SU big man Ryan Blackwell and managed Kevin Belbey, a former student manager for SU and a graduate of both the S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications and SU’s College of Law.Joe Bloss | Senior Staff WriterThrowback at TBTThis the third TBT entry for Boeheim’s Army in TBT’s four-year existence. Last year, it advanced the Super 16, after going one step further the year before and losing in the regional championship game. 2016’s loss came at the hand’s of The Untouchables, a team of mostly Pitt alumni. In 2015, Boeheim’s Army was a top seed but fell in a close matchup to City of Gods, a team that had five players with NBA experience.Former players not joining the Army this year include Hakim Warrick and Demetris Nichols.Counting chickens before they hatchIt’ll take a two wins from each team to get there, but should top seeds prevail, Boeheim’s Army would meet SuperNova, a team of Villanova alumni in the Super 16. SuperNova’s roster is made up of multiple players from Villanova’s 2009 Final Four team, including Scottie Reynolds and Reggie Redding. The matchup would be clash of a storied Big East rivalry.If Boeheim’s Army wins Saturday, it will play the winner of City of Gods and Gaelnation, a team of Iona alumni. Comments Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

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Iowan and former Trump campaign aide feels vindicated by Mueller findings

first_imgHINTON — An Iowan who served as a campaign aide to President Donald Trump was happy to hear that special counsel Robert Mueller did not find evidence that Trump’s campaign “conspired or coordinated” with Russia to influence the 2016 presidential election.Sam Clovis of Hinton says he and administration officials have been saying there was no collusion with Russia since Mueller’s investigation began. “In fact, I think if you read the Attorney General’s letter, it said that we actually resisted contacts with the Russians,” Clovis says,”and that was something that I had said all along. That had been my advice to the president and my advice to campaign from day one — was to not have anything to do with the Russians. And as it worked out, that’s exactly what the Mueller people found out.”Clovis had been called to testify before a grand jury more than one year ago regarding possible campaign ties between the Trump campaign and Russia. “I feel personally vindicated, I am happy for my friends and colleagues on the campaign who have been vindicated,” according to Clovis. “And I am really happy for the president. I think this is something that we are really going to be better off now that this is over and moving forward.”The report reached no conclusion on whether Trump obstructed justice but said key elements were not there. Clovis says Democrats are seizing on that part of the four page summary of the report.  I am stunned at the reaction of the Democrats. Of course you would expect them to be sore losers about all of this. But I think at the end of the day, they would be better served if they got a little bit more adult about what they are doing and decided to move on,” Clovis says.Democrats pointed out that Mueller found evidence for and against obstruction and demand to see his full report.last_img read more

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