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Sixth-seeded Few Good Men draw Team Utah in TBT opener

UPDATED: Wed., June 6, 2018, 6:49 p.m.

Gonzaga’s Sam Dower Jr., who is playing for Few Good Men in The Basketball Tournament, tangles with Oklahoma State’s Leyton Hammonds (left) and Marcus Smart in a 2014 NCAA Tournament game. (Dan Pelle / The Spokesman-Review)
Gonzaga’s Sam Dower Jr., who is playing for Few Good Men in The Basketball Tournament, tangles with Oklahoma State’s Leyton Hammonds (left) and Marcus Smart in a 2014 NCAA Tournament game. (Dan Pelle / The Spokesman-Review)

Few Good Men picked up a sixth seed and a first-round matchup with No. 11 Team Utah in The Basketball Tournament’s Hoopfest pod.

FGM’s opener in the West Region is tentatively set for 7:30 p.m. Friday, June 29, at Lewis and Clark High, following the 5 p.m. contest between No. 3 Gael Force (featuring Saint Mary’s alumni) and No. 14 Air Force Bomb Squad.

The winners meet Saturday, June 30, at 7:30 p.m. for a spot in the Super 16.

Few Good Men, which currently features seven former Zags on its roster, and Team Utah split meetings in the past two TBTs. Team Utah has several Beehive State products, including three former Utes and representation from Weber State, Utah Valley and Utah State.

The fifth annual TBT, a $2 million, winner-take-all tournament with games broadcast on ESPN networks, released pairings and seedings Wednesday. Three-time champion Overseas Elite, which picked up ex-Zag Jeremy Pargo, is a No. 1 seed along with Scarlet and Gray (Ohio State alumni), Boeheim’s Army (Syracuse) and Team Challenge ALS.

Former Zag Austin Daye plays for Team Challenge ALS, the top seed in the West.

FGM picked up former Eastern Washington forward Jacob Wiley and ex-Washington State guard DaVonté Lacy to join former Zags Matt Bouldin, Steven Gray, Sam Dower Jr., Blake Stepp, Casey Calvary, Connor Griffin and Drew Barham.

Wiley, one of more than 60 TBT players with NBA experience, isn’t expected to play on the opening weekend.

Gael Force has assembled a formidable team with 10 former Saint Mary’s players. The guard line includes Joe Rahon, Emmett Naar, Mickey McConnell, Stephen Holt and wing Calvin Hermanson. Diamon Simpson, Brad Waldow and Omar Samhan anchor the frontcourt. Kerry Carter and Ian O’Leary round out the roster.

Naar and Hermanson are among 21 in TBT who played NCAA basketball last season.

Tickets for the Hoopfest pod are available at thetournament.com.