MORGANTOWN, W.Va. — Herd That’s next obstacle in their quest for a big money payday is The Money Team. The Marshall alumni team will face World Champion boxer Floyd Mayweather’s squad in the second round of The Basketball Tournament Thursday afternoon. Tip time is set for 2 p.m. and ESPN will have the broadcast.
The Money Team is seeded seventh in the 24-team draw and they received a bye in the opening round.
“They’ve got five or six former guys that have played in the NBA,” said Herd That guard Jon Elmore. “They’ve got several guys that currently play overseas. It is going to be a fun game. They might look better than us on paper but I like our chances.”
Herd That defeated the Peoria All-Stars 80-65 in Sunday’s opening-round matchup. Eight different Herd That players scored at least six points in the victory.
“When we got the team together, we wanted to implement the Marshall/D’Antoni system to what we were doing. That offense and that style of play is really just a free-flowing constant attack mode.
“It is really hard to scout and plan for an opponent when they don’t have any set plays that they are running. We just go out there, try to keep the ball moving and get everybody in good positions and make the most of it.”
Jacorey Williams led Herd That with 22 points and he also pulled down 9 rebounds.
“He is a guy we have played against in Conference USA a lot when he was at Middle Tennessee. He ended up winning conference player of the year one of those years. He is just an animal. He is a great athlete and a great, smart player. Picking him up this year and putting him into the style of play that we run and letting him play freely has been awesome so far.”
One of the unique aspects of the TBT is the ‘Elam Ending’. When four minutes remain in regulation play, the clock is shut off and a target score is set. That target is eight points more than what the team that is winning currently has. Herd That cruised to a 15-point win with Elmore setting up Zach Smith for an alley-oop finish.
“I wanted to hit the game-winner because that is the big celebration with whoever scores the game-winner. But I assisted on the play. So I guess I get half the credit.”
Herd That is still four wins away from claiming the winner-take-all purse. But their pre-tournament goal of a trip out west remains unchanged.
“We are still debating how we are going to spend the money when we win. The idea has been to charter a flight out postgame to Vegas whether that is right after the game or through the night. Some guys have come to the table and said, ‘Hey, we are going to put all one million on red and see if we can double up’. I am not a hundred percent sold on that idea yet. So we are going to have some more team meetings and see if we can figure it out.”