The No. 8 seed Red Scare beat No. 9 seed Big X 77-68 to earn a quarterfinal matchup at 4 p.m. Friday against No. 16 House of 'Paign. The winner of that game advances to the semifinals on Sunday against the No. 4 Golden Eagles, a Marquette alumni team, or No. 12 Team Brotherly Love, which is made up of players from the Philadelphia area.
Grant watched the game Wednesday on TV like almost everyone else — no fans are allowed in Nationwide Arena during the tournament — but saw the Red Scare play in person last season at Capital University.
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“Just to see the support our fan base gave our team, it was awesome,” Grant said. “I know our fans really enjoy coming out and watch it.”
The Basketball Tournament played to hold its championship week — the last three rounds — at UD Arena but moved the whole event to Columbus because it would be easier to quarantine the players for the entire event.
It still plans to hold games at UD Arena in 2021 — and maybe in the years beyond.
“We feel that would be an awesome site for our championship,” said Jon Mugar, founder and CEO of the event. “Before all this hit, we were optimistic we would have our greatest attendance of any our championships, and I think we were on pace for that when we stopped selling tickets. It really could be a permanent type of home for our championship.”
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