In the Advanced Thursday semi-final matchups, here is what we have in store.
The top team in the Advanced Thursday division was Toben as they finished the regular season with a perfect 8-0 record. They will look to make it 9 in a row as they take on TBD, who is coming off their revenge game victory against Team CZ. TBD will be the heavy underdog in this one, but if TBD can dictate the pace and make it a low scoring contest, they will have a legitimate chance.
BUT, if Toben plays to their strength and overwhelms their opponent on both ends of the court, this game could be done by halftime. TBD does not have the depth to match up and trade baskets with Toben. They may be able to keep up with the high scoring pace for a good portion of the game, but as the game carries on, the tempo will definitely play into the Toben's favor. Can TBD pull off the biggest upset of the post-season with a win over Toben or will the former champions set the tone early and RSVP their seat to the final by halftime? Stay tuned...
If we purely took into account this past regular season, the favorite will undoubtedly be New Regime. But, if we look at the history of both team's in the post-season, it will definitely suggest that SWAT is the favorite.
Now, this version of New Regime is very different from year's past as the ball has moved better than ever this season. Hopefully, they don't change their new style of play as this season may be the best regular season finish Capt. Bitton has had in a very long time in his MB career.
The veteran SWAT team is coming off a hard fought gruelling quarter-final battle against Lint. They survived and came out victorious, but their journey to the final will only get tougher as they have to get through Turk, Tut and company to advance. Now, they do have the ideal pieces that can matchup pretty well with their opponent, but it will be interesting to see whether they raise their level of play against one of the top team's in the division. Finally, does Swat have someone that can match up with the league's most dominant big in Stefan Nastic? Only time will tell...
In the end, expect this game to be decided in the final moments as both teams will be ready and come out leaving it all on the floor.
Good luck to everyone and remember to leave it all on the floor!