Halfway through the Top 16 and it’s gutcheck time. Some folks have played their teams into favorable positions, while others have choked themselves into a corner. Slam and Freaknick tab eight players–20 from each group–who need a kick in the ass to get back on track.
And continuing our new tradition, a segmented breakdown so you can get where you’re trying to go:
0-1: Welcome to the show, guys. Mase and Lil’ Wayne team up for a class action law suit against ELA.
1-8: In Group E, Slam and Freaknick have their eyes on two Unicaja guards who need to get big these next three weeks. Either way, will they have enough to advance?
9-16: In Group F, has Ricky Rubio taken a step back this season? And why Damir Markota is the missing link from a Union Olimpija Top 16 trip.
16-17: A brief intermission to discuss Nikololz Tkitishvili’s All-Stars, the undefeated Syracuse intramural team that has New York buzzing.
17-23: In Group G, as ELA (and everyone with a brain) predicted, Siena has been in trouble without Bo McCalebb. Are Group G’s step-uppers on Montepaschi?
24-33: Finally we get to Group H, where Fenerbahçe’s still perfect but facing the loss of Mirsad Turkcan, and Valencia needs more out of their guards if they want to advance.