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Countdown to Tip-Off

Forget the NBA Finals – Tuesday is a much bigger day in the eyes of Hudlies, as 14 teams will endure a day-long double-elimination 3-on-3 basketball tournament in downtown Lincoln. We will begin bright and early at 7 a.m., with 25 games leading up to the Championship at 5:30 p.m.

Team entries came fast and fierce when the tournament was announced two weeks ago, and there may have been some under-the-table negotiating for former college basketball players like Tyler DeBoer and Ryan Stubbe. Another hot prospect was Kyle Murphy, one of the top minds behind New Hudl for Basketball. Murphy’s team will kick off the tournament against DeBoer’s squad in the opener at 7 a.m.

Then there’s HR Recruiter Todd Prauner. He just submitted his own team of Hudl stars without gaining prior commitment from anyone. He called it the “power play” approach. We have yet to hear from those he claimed as “teammates”.

The six first-round matchups will be complete by 9:30 a.m, but the forecast calls for temperatures in the mid-80s. The league expects that to wear down some of the weaker teams throughout a long day of basketball.

Regardless of weather, we’re sticking to the task at hand: putting the new version of Hudl for Basketball through the wringer. While some key pieces may not see much action - we’re dealing with three-man teams as opposed to your standard five starters - we’re excited to see just what the new stats app can do.

Be sure to follow us on Twitter, Instagram and Vine for team and player profiles, score updates, and other stuff we’ll feel like posting as inevitable heat exhaustion sets in.

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