The Colorado Buffaloes are well represented by Team Colorado, a team of Buffs alumni playing in The Tournament, a single-elimination, winner-take-all competition for a grand prize of $2 million. They continue their championship run this weekend.
Last weekend, Team Colorado defeated Kimchi Express and Broad Street Brawlers en route to a Super 16 appearance. On Saturday, July 22, the Buffs alumni play Armored Athlete at Long Island University in Brookyln. That game will air on ESPN2 at 4:00 p.m. (MST). Armored Athlete looks to be a tough team. They’re led by former college stars Jaylen Reynolds (Xavier) and Christian Watford (Indiana).
Should Team Colorado advance, they will play in the Round of 8 on Sunday at 10 a.m. against Team Challenge or Few Good Men (Gonzaga alumni).
Team Colorado, the top seed in the West Region, has been dominant in the opening rounds and they’re only getting better. Chris Copeland is a former NBA player and he seems to be the best player on the floor; he might even be the best player in TBT. Marcus Hall is a dynamite scorer, an offensive talisman who can create points out of nothing. The role players, led by Dominique Coleman and Shannin Sharpe, are excellent team players who compete with heart and vigor to spare.
Now, Team Colorado is adding CU hero Josh Scott. The ambidextrous big man just finished up playing in the NBA Summer League with the Portland Trail Blazers and he’ll be in Brooklyn to get buckets and boards aplenty. He could (should?) supplant Copeland as Team Colorado’s best player. Anytime Scott is fed in the post, he will be virtually guaranteed points or a drawn foul. He’s also a dangerous pick-and-pop threat and will open up the floor for Hall and the other guards to penetrate the defense. Scott, incredible he is, will also be Team Colorado’s best defender and rebounder, two areas the team has shown potential weakness. Scott is such a well-rounded player that he will make everyone around him better in all aspects of the game. Adding Josh Scott means that this team is going from frightening to nightmare inducing.
(Richard Roby and Xavier Silas, two players worthy of starting on Team Colorado, are also set to join in due time. This team will likely continue improving, as scary as that sounds.)
In each edition of The Tournament, the best teams have won with experience, teamwork and composure. Also size and skill. By those virtues — tangible or not — Team Colorado is built to continue this run. They have the experience having been in TBT in all four years of its existence, including a deep tournament run that saw them reach the championship game last summer. They have the teamwork, as many of these players were teammates at CU and the whole team has a familiar-type bond (you should read this article). They have the composure, as they’re led by a clutch scorer in Hall, a former NBA in Copeland who’s seen significant playoff minutes, and now stone cold Josh Scott. And Team Colorado definitely has the size and skill.
Team Colorado is in terrific shape to continue their march for the competition’s grand prize, they just have to play one game at a time and continue their stellar play.