THIS IS NOT A DRILL!
WE HAVE ACTUAL LIVE BASKETBALL INCOMING!!!!!
That’s right, tonight we get to see the Men of Mackey, with five former Purdue players and coached by Ryne Smith take the floor in Columbus against Heartfire. Here are your details:
Locations: Nationwide Arena, Columbus, OH.
The Men of Mackey have a tough road in this event. A total of 24 teams were accepted and Purdue was seeded 19th. The top 8 seeds will receiver a bye to round two, so Purdue is already a slight underdog vs. 14 seed Heartfire in round 1, then would have to play #3 Boeheim’s Army at 4pm Tuesday on ESPN.
There are some familiar faces on Heartfire. Brandon Wood from my home town of Kokomo is playing for them. He started his career at southern Illinois, then played at Valparaiso for two seasons before transferring to Michigan State his final year. He has played professionally in Europe since 2012 and played this last season for Libertadores de Querétaro in Mexico.
Branden Dawson, a long time Purdue nemesis for the Spartans is also on Heartfire. Tweety Carter was on the Baylor team that Purdue beat in the first round of the 2008 NCAA Tournament. Kristian Doolittle was an all-Big 12 selection at Oklahoma just this past season.
This will be a tough matchup. They ahve a versatile team and our largest weapon in Isaac Haas can be neutralized witht heir size in Isaiah Austin and Gary McGhee. It is just nice to be watching live sports with some fan interest.
Feel free to use this as your Open Thread.