TBT: Three Former Badgers Contribute to Big X Defeating D2 79-74

Jake Kocorowski

It was a good kickoff to The Basketball Tournament (TBT) for a trio of former Badgers.

Big X trailed early on but eventually came back to defeat D2 79-74 in the opening game of 2020's TBT. Forwards Vitto Brown and Khalil Iverson, along with guard Trevon Hughes, all found significant time on the floor and helped deliver a victory in the first-round matchup.

According to TBT's official box score of the game, Iverson finished with seven points on 3-of-4 shooting with a team-high 11 rebounds. He also recorded three steals in 19:03 of play.

Though Hughes only connected on three of his 10 field goal opportunities, he shot 50% from three-point range (two of four from beyond the arc) on way to nine points. In just over 18 minutes of game-time action, he also contributed three steals and three assists each.

Brown started the game for Big X and played 15:30 in the win. Though he did not score a point, he brought down three boards.

Former Michigan State big man Nick Ward contributed a team-high 18 points on 7-of-13 shooting. He also tallied five rebounds for Big X, which currently features seven players who previously competed in the Big Ten Conference. 

Others who used to play in the league include Michigan/Ohio State product Andrew Dakich, Ohio State's C.J. Jackson and Michigan State's Javon Bess.

Big X now moves on to the next round to take on Red Scare, a team that is comprised mostly of Dayton alumni, on Wednesday (1 p.m. CT).