One of Tom Crean’s former guards hit the game-winning shot in Tuesday’s championship game of The Basketball Tournament.
It just wasn’t the one readers of this blog were pulling for.
No, it was Travis Diener, the former Marquette standout, who drilled the walk-off 3-pointer that lifted No. 4 seed Golden Eagles to a 78-73 victory over Mo Creek’s No. 22 Sideline Cancer.
Creek poured in a game-high 20 points in the loss, going 8-for-12 from the field and hitting a pair of 3-pointers. Creek averaged 15.6 points during Sideline Cancer’s five-game run to the final round, doing his part with several clutch shots on the way to the title game. The former Hoosier appeared to be in tears after Diener drilled the winning basket, falling to the floor with his hands covering his face.
TRAVIS DIENER FOR $1 MILLION!!!!!!!!!!!— TBT (@thetournament) July 15, 2020
The @GoldenEaglesTBT are your TBT 2020 CHAMPIONS pic.twitter.com/rFQj9kEBFG
The win gave Golden Eagles, which also featured one-time Hoosier Luke Fischer, a share of $1 million. That sucks for the Indiana guys. However! Creek and former IU teammate Remy Abell, who added 14 points, received the ultimate consolation prize.
A tweet from Crean, himself.
Way to go @Mo_Creek and @23Abell in this @thetournament As usual, you two left it ALL out there. Build on it in your careers. Keep moving forward and keep God first in everything you do. We are all proud of you #forever family pic.twitter.com/Bseqg2bCAi— Tom Crean (@TomCrean) July 15, 2020