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The Basketball Tournament 2018: Team Fredette moves on to the Sweet 16

Jimmer’s scoring outbursts propelled his team through the first two rounds.

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The Basketball Tournament has solidified itself as a summer staple for hardcore basketball fans, and the first two rounds delivered as always. This year’s Midwest region features a lot of popular faces and alumni from some of college basketball’s most well-known programs.

Some of the teams are loaded with some of our favorite stars from our beloved mid-majors. Here’s what you missed from the action this weekend in the Midwest region.

Jimmer Fredette is still getting buckets

TBT was made for Jimmer. The former BYU star carried the No. 2 seed Team Fredette to the Sweet 16 with a pair of high-scoring games. In their opening round game against Peoria All-Stars, Jimmer poured in 32 points that included some shots from obnoxiously deep. Montel James, a Loyola Chicago alum before the Sister Jean era, had 28 points and 12 rebounds for Peoria. The game featured 12 ties and eight lead changes, but resulted in an 88-80 win for Team Fredette.

This shot is just rude.

In their second round game, Jimmer poured in another 30 points to lead the charge against the No. 10 seed Jackson TN Underdawgs. As a team, Team Fredette knocked in 22-24 from the free throw line, and earned a 99-89 win as a result.

Team Fredette will play No. 6 seed Fort Wayne Champs at 7 ET on Friday.

Always a Brave blows double digit lead

Bradley fans, close your eyes. The dreaded 5-12 games aren’t just limited to the NCAA Tournament. At one point, Always a Brave had an 18-point lead in the second half thanks to a 9-0 run out of the break. The Bradley alumni squad took a 52-37 lead into the fourth quarter. Then chaos struck.

This game was the perfect example of why the Elam Ending is so exciting. The target score was 66, and Always a Brave held a 60-55 lead in the fourth quarter. Primetime Players roared back, and reached the target score first to cap off a 31-12 fourth quarter margin. The onslaught was enough to give Primetime Players a 68-64 win, knocking out the No. 5 seed and moving onto the second round.