NKU's Holland Picked for 3-on-3 Tournament at Final Four
Lavone Holland II has been chosen for the inaugural Dos Equis 3X3U National Championship, which is hosted by Intersport surrounding the 2018 NCAA Men’s Basketball Final Four. The 3-on-3 tournament will be played Friday, March 30 through Sunday, April 1, at St. Mary’s University’s Bill Greehey Arena in San Antonio.
“I wish Lavone and his Horizon League teammates a lot of success in this tournament,” said John Brannen, head men’s basketball coach. “Lavone has been an essential part of our program here at NKU for the last three years. I am excited the selection committee noticed Lavone’s talents and efforts as one of the premier guards in our league.”
Holland was a key component in Northern Kentucky’s rapid ascension during its first two years with active Division I status. He averaged 13.2 points, 3.8 rebounds and 4.2 assists per game in 95 outings for NKU the last three years. In the last two seasons, Holland helped lead NKU to a Horizon League regular-season title, league tournament title, NCAA Tournament appearance and NIT appearance. No other program has achieved that amount of success in its first two active years in Division I.
Thirty-two teams comprised of NCAA men’s basketball seniors, who have exhausted their eligibility, were chosen by a selection committee to represent each of the 32 leagues in Division I. Each team has four players.
Joining Holland on the Horizon League team are Oakland’s Kendrick Nunn and Jalen Hays, and Wright State’s Grant Benzinger.
The 32 teams will be separated into eight pools, where teams will compete in a round-robin format to determine the eight teams advancing to the quarterfinals.
Games during pool play will be broadcast on Twitter, with 24 airing on both Friday and Saturday. Friday’s games will run from 7 p.m.-midnight. Play resumes Saturday at 11 a.m.
The four quarterfinal games scheduled for 2-3 p.m. Sunday, will also be shown on Twitter.
ESPN2 will air the semifinal, third-place and championship games from 3:30-5:30 p.m. Sunday afternoon.