Illini Live Blog: FINAL - House Of Paign 76, War Tampa 53

Matthew Stevens

CHAMPAIGN, Ill. -- Well, we haven't done one of these in a long while, huh? 

Welcome to the live blog of the Illinois alumni 'House Of Paign' first round game in The Basketball Tournament 2020 as they face 'War Tampa', a mostly Auburn alumni team tonight at Nationwide Arena in Columbus Arena.

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First Round Game: No. 16-seed 'House Of Paign' vs. No. 17-seed 'War Tampa' 

Date/Time/Place: Saturday, July 4, 2020: 7 p.m. CST, Nationwide Arena, Columbus, Ohio

Capacity: N/A (Due to COVID-19 health safety protocols, no fans are allowed in the building). 

Records: No records for either team. Winner does get to face No. 1 seed Carmen's Crew, an Ohio State alumni team that won the TBT event last season. 

Line: 'House Of Paign' is a +2200 to win the tournament; 'War Tampa' is a +3200 to win the tournament. (Odds provided by

Series Notes: N/A


Radio: None


Uniform Update:


NOTE: In the first two games of TBT 2020, the contests have gone by seed as No. 9 seed 'Big X' defeated No. 24 seed 'D2' 79-74 and No. 12 seed 'Brotherly Love' defeated No. 21 seed 'Stillwater Stars' 87-71. 


6:30 p.m. UPDATE - Starting lineups have been announced for both teams - 'House Of Paign' will start Andres Feliz, Mike Daum of South Dakota State, Billy Garrett of Depaul, Malcolm Hill and Nnanna Egwu. 'War Tampa' will start Bryce Brown of Auburn, Fletcher McGee of Wofford, Shaheed Davis of UCF, Justin Gray of Texas Tech and Horace Spencer of Auburn. 

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7:05 p.m. UPDATE - Dan Dakich will serve as the analyst on ESPN for this game tonight. 


First basket of the game is a three-pointer by Mike Daum. He's got all five of the 'House Of Paign' points. 


WAR TAMPA TIMEOUT - 4:45 left in 1st - House Of Paign 14, War Tampa 5 - Malcolm Hill gets in the scoring column with a breakaway slam. Daum leads all scorers with nine points on 4 of 5 shooting.  


MEDIA TIMEOUT - 3:46 left in 1st - House Of Paign 14, War Tampa 5 - Bryce Brown has all five of War Tampa's points but everybody else on their roster is 0 of 6 from the field. Daum is scoring from all areas and Feliz is already pushing the tempo. 


Fmr. Illinois star Dee Brown was on the ESPN broadcast during this first quarter. Brown says if Ayo Dosunmu and Kofi Cockburn come back to the 2020-21 Illini roster, they'll be a Top 10 team nationally.


End of 1st - House Of Paign 19, War Tampa 14 - War Tampa closed the quarter well but Malcolm Hill gets a slam right before the buzzer. Daum leads all scorers with nine but Feliz also has five points and two rebounds. 


MEDIA TIMEOUT - 3:23 left in 2nd- House Of Paign 32, War Tampa 23 - War Tampa is 1 of 9 from three-point range and House Of Paign has done a great job of not letting Bryce Brown or Fletcher McGee get open looks. Mike Daum with 15 and all but 2 of HOP's points have come from starters. 


HALFTIME - House Of Paign 39, War Tampa 28 - House Of Paign ends the second quarter on a dunk (this time by Michael Finke). Mike Daum leads all scorers with 15, along with six rebounds and Andres Feliz with 11 points. House Of Paign has 22 points in the paint, usually coming on drives from the perimeter. 

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MEDIA TIMEOUT - 3:23 left in 3rd - House Of Paign 48, War Tampa 36 - Andres Feliz might be the most valuable player in this game tonight. He's got 16 points on eight shots with four rebounds and War Tampa's Fletcher McGee has attempted just two shots (two points). 


End of 3rd - House Of Paign 59, War Tampa 43 - House Of Paign outscores War Tampa 20-15 in the third quarter after Tampa made an early run. All eight House Of Paign players who have seen the floor have scored and Andres Feliz has 16 points. 



MEDIA TIMEOUT - 3:23 left in 4th - House Of Paign 68, War Tampa 49 - We're at the Elam Ending portion of this game, which is an idea I personally love. The most important guy on the floor tonight might be Mike LaTulip for being able to secure Mike Daum (21 points, 10 rebounds) for this House Of Paign team. 


FINAL - House Of Paign 76, War Tampa 53 - House Of Paign completely dominates this first round game. The duo of Mike Daum & Andres Feliz outscores War Tampa's backcourt of Bryce Brown and Fletcher Magee 40-10. 

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UPDATE - 10 p.m. - Illini Now/Sports Illustrated has a detailed recap of House Of Paign's 76-53 win over War Tampa in first round action of The Basketball Tournament 2020. The recap includes video highlights and video post-game of head coach Mike LaTulip, Mike Daum, Andres Feliz and Malcolm Hill.