Herd That vs. Peoria All-Stars
TBT Tournament: Sunday, July 5, 2020 at 2:00 pm
The Line: Herd That -5 -- Over/Under: Click to Get Latest Betting Odds
Peoria All-Stars square off against Herd That in a Round of 24 matchup as part of The Basketball Tournament on Sunday afternoon.
Peoria All-Stars enter the tournament as the #10 seed, and while 13 is regarded as an unlucky number, 10 may be the cursed number for the TBT as the Peoria All-Stars are the 3rd #10 seed in the tournament, following the lead of Best Virginia and then Playing for Jimmy V, both of whom were disqualified following a positive COVID-19 test. Even on short notice, Peoria has some recognizable faces on their roster, from Bradley big man Koch Bar, to 7-3 center Aaron Menzies who spent last season with the St. Mary’s Gaels and Trevon Allen, who blossomed in his senior year for Idaho, scoring 21.6 points per game on 45% shooting from the field and 40% from 3-point range. The Peoria All-Stars only have one win in three trips to the TBT tournament after being bounced by Team KBC 94-82 last year.
Herd That on the other side, come in rechristened after a two-year stint as the West Virginia Wildcats, entering the tourney as the #23 seed under GM OT Elmore. Leading the charge for Herd That, which is mostly built on a basis of former Marshall Thundering Herd players, is Jon Elmore, who practically rewrote a large chunk of the Conference USA record book in his four years with Marshall, averaging close to, if not more than 20 points per game across his last three seasons. Chris Cokley also has some scoring chops, finishing with 16.9 PPG in his senior year for fellow C-USA school UAB in 2017-18. Wake Forest transfer and Marshall grad Rondale Watson will be there as well as former Middle Tennessee State power forward JaCorey Williams, who was an instrumental part in Middle Tennessee’s March Madness runs in recent years. Herd That only has one play-in victory as the West Virginia Wildcats on their TBT resume.
Normally if you told me in a 24-team field that the #23 seed would be favored over the #10 seed, I may give you a funny look. However, the only reason Peoria is seeded where they are is because replacement teams just get slotted in, there’s no reshuffling once a team is removed from the field and replaced. With that said, imagine being in Peoria’s shoes. Now there are talented players like Koch Bar, Aaron Menzies and Trevon Allen, guys that we’ve covered in the college basketball world as recent as this season. But they’re basically playing a high-stakes tournament on 2-3 days notice max. Herd That on the other hand not only has had time to get in the right headspace for this game but will have one of the best all-around players on the floor in Jon Elmore who can be an X-factor in an opening game like this. I expect Peoria to compete early, but in the end I like Herd That to advance so I’ll lay the points with Herd That in this one.