Robert Johnson to compete in inaugural 3-on-3 national championship in San Antonio

  • 03/23/2018 12:25 pm in

Indiana senior guard Robert Johnson will be one of four outgoing Big Ten players to compete in the inaugural Dos Equis 3X3U national championship in San Antonio.

There will be 32 four-man teams competing for a $100,000 prize pool in games played from March 30-April 1 at St. Mary’s University during Final Four weekend.

Each Division I conference will be represented in the event. Additional details on the event are available below, via an IU media relations release:

The event will begin on Friday, March 30 with 24 pool play games streamed live on Twitter from 7 p.m.-12:30 a.m. EST and will continue on Saturday, March 31 with another 24 pool play games streamed live on Twitter from 11 a.m.-3:30 p.m. EST. The event will conclude on Sunday, April 1 with the quarterfinals broadcast live on Twitter from 1:35-3 p.m. EST, and the semifinals, third-place game and championship game broadcast live on ESPN2 from 3:30-5:30 p.m. EST.

“We are so excited to host these 128 players at this one-of-a-kind event,” said Drew Russell, Intersport’s Vice President of Sports Properties. “For fans, this will be an opportunity to see the nation’s top seniors compete in the rapidly growing and faced-paced nature of 3-on-3 basketball. For players, it will be one last opportunity to showcase their skills on a national stage and give them the chance to earn a significant sum of money. It will also expose them to the 3-on-3 format which may lead to new opportunities as they take the next step in their professional careers.”

Every game matters as money will be on the line at all times throughout the competition. Participants will compete for a $100,000 prize pool that will be distributed as follows:

– Each pool play win will earn the team $1,000.
– A quarterfinal win will earn the team $1,000.
– A semifinal win will earn the team $1,000.
– The team that wins the third-place game will earn $1,000.
– The team that wins the championship will earn $50,000.

Each team roster will be comprised of four eligible seniors from the same Division I college basketball conference. Teams will be organized into eight pools of four and each team will be guaranteed three pool play games. The Player Selection Committee consists of college basketball experts from a wide range of media outlets including ESPN, CBS Sports, The Athletic, USA Today, NBC Sports, The Ringer, and more. The Committee worked feverishly throughout the season to determine the nation’s top senior college basketball players who have been selected to compete. The complete rosters for each conference will be revealed through a series of studio shows streamed live on Twitter once a day from Monday, March 26 through Thursday, March 29.

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  • BenJW

    Do we know the other Big Ten players?

  • jhatkins

    It’s ok for these players to be playing for cash money?

  • Ole Man

    Yep. Their “amateur” careers are over. No more eligibility.

  • Not only is it okay, as Ole Man says, but I wish them the best at making as much cash money as they can manage.

  • TomJameson

    The teams are made up by the “player selection committee” Hopefully, no bias is involved. Surely the committee will know their decisions will go under a microscope. 🙂

  • HoosierStuckInKY

    Nothing like playing basketball at midnight, just to turnaround get to play the next afternoon.

    After this season with all its 1 day turnaround, Rob is used to playing with little rest.

  • jhatkins
  • TomEke Nate Mason from Minnesota. Jae Sean Tate from Ohio State.
    Chicago Tribune: The Big Ten players who received the most votes from the player selection committee were Northwestern’s Bryant McIntosh, Purdue’s Vince Edwards, Ohio State’s Jae’Sean Tate and Minnesota’s Nate Mason.

  • I hardly think that’s relevant to the point, but if it’ll make you happier, I’ll say “I wish them the best at accruing as much cash money as they can manage.”

  • Well, I don’t really want to make you happy, so…. DOH! I kid, I kid…

  • That’s what happened when I had more time to think about it………..

  • vicbert caladipo

    What will they think of next?

  • inadvertentelbows_stillhurt

    Washed up players have to find somewhere to play

  • John D Murphy

    You can put lipstick on a pig. The B1G sucked by any measurement this year.

  • John D Murphy

    I’m not even getting the point of your meanness.

  • Arch Puddington

    Bit late for that, don’t you think? I know you were all in on the B1G being better than the pundits claimed, but in the end it laid the egg that was predicted. One team made it past the Sweet 16, but without having to beat anyone seeded higher than 6th (and if it weren’t for a minor miracle, they would have lost that game). In fact, no B1G team has won a game against anyone seeded higher than 6th, and two of our four entrants lost to teams seeded lower than them. (And yes, I know that Purdue lost Haas, but they replaced him with another 7 footer. They didn’t lose because of that, they lost because Texas Tech was just a bit better).

    The historic beat down in the ACC-B1G Challenge, the lowest non-conference winning percentage of any of the Power 5 conferences, a combined record of 36-114 against RPI “group 1” teams…..there is just no sugar coating it. The no-show in the tournament by everyone except Michigan, whether literal or figurative, was an entirely fitting end to a lousy year. Next year wont’ be any better, either. The B1G is going through a real transition right now, and will only regain its former glory if Archie Miller, Chris Holtmann, and Brad Underwood can rebuild their programs, and if Greg Gard can prove that he can sustain what Bo built with his own players. And even that assumes that MSU and UM stay nationally competitive, which is likely, but not certain. Izzo seems safe for now, but until the whole thing with Larry Nassar clears, even his fate is not certain. Not trying to be grim or even argumentative, just saying what I think the reality is.

  • marcusgresham

    How about a round of applause for the IU women making the Final Four of the NIT? Included in that run is a third victory over Purdue this season.

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  • Arch Puddington

    Dang, I was just having a friendly debate. But your upsetedness notwithstanding, the B1G was not very good this year. You can accuse me of all manner of shoddy argumentation, and it won’t change a thing. It was the worst, or co-worst, of the Power 5 based on all of its non-conference play from pres-season through post-season, and the “disrespect” shown its best teams via tourney seedings was entirely borne out by its aggregate performance. (And I’m telling you now: it won’t be much different next year. The conference is losing more talent than it is bringing in, some of its marquee programs are clearly in re-tooling mode, and some of its up-and-comers like Minnesota and Northwestern have reverted to their mean).

    It’s not circular to point out that the results bear out the generally low regard in which the conference was held throughout the year. Predictions are measured by their accuracy, wouldn’t you say? You believed 6-7 teams would get in the tournament,and that we would make good showing. Others, including me, believed otherwise. (My exact words from a couple of weeks ago: “I will not be surprised if the B1G does not get anyone through to the Elite 8. Michigan would be my best bet to do so…”). By themselves, the results from a single elimination tourney don’t tell the story. But in this case they align pretty closely with had been plain right from the start, and it’s more than a little petty of you to say that those of who think so have given into “mythology”.

  • Arch Puddington

    If the B1G did a belly flop, the Pac 12 did a cannonball into an empty pool. Arizona looks like it has been mortally wounded, UCLA has taken Washington’s place as the team with the biggest gap between talent and achievement, even Oregon was down. It would not be fun to follow that conference.

  • Tenacious Newt

    As a resident of the pacific time zone, at least it wasn’t the infinity mirror level Pac 12 futility cycle , including bowl season as well I suppose. Penn State might have won a couple of games though.

  • RonMlarkey

    Off year for the BIG no other way around it.