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Minnesota Basketball: Nate Mason to Compete in 3x3 National Championships

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Mason will be one of four members on the Big Ten squad

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Gopher fans will get to see Nate Mason ball one more time
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The University of Minnesota announced Friday that Nate Mason has been selected to participate in the inaugural Dos Equis 3X3U National Championship. Mason will be one of four players on the Big Ten team.

In case you missed when we talked about this back in February, the Dos Equis 3X3U National Championship is a new tournament that will pit 32 four-man teams consisting of players from every Division I college basketball conference against each other in a three day, 3-on-3 tournament. The teams will be comprised of seniors who have exhausted their collegiate eligibility and will compete for a $100,000 prize pool.

The tournament will be able to be viewed live on Twitter and ESPN2 from Friday, March 30 through Sunday, April 1, 2018 at St. Mary’s University’s Bill Greehey Arena in San Antonio.

The tournament will begin on Friday, March 30 with 24 pool play games streamed live on Twitter from 6 p.m.-11:30 p.m. Central, and will continue on Saturday, March 31 with another 24 pool play games streamed live on Twitter from 10 a.m.-2:30 p.m. central. The event will conclude on Sunday, April 1 with the quarterfinals broadcast live on Twitter from 12:35-2 p.m., and the semifinals, third-place game and championship game broadcast live on ESPN2 from 2:30-4:30 p.m. central.

Every game of the Dos Equis 3X3U National Championship matters as money will be on the line at all times throughout the competition. Participants will compete for a $100,000 prize pool that will be distributed as follows:• Each pool play win will earn the team $1,000.• A quarterfinal win will earn the team $1,000.• A semifinal win will earn the team $1,000.• The team that wins the third-place game will earn $1,000.• The team that wins the championship will earn $50,000.

Each team roster will be comprised of four eligible seniors from the same Division I college basketball conference. Teams will be organized into eight pools of four and each team will be guaranteed three pool play games. The Dos Equis 3X3U National Championship Player Selection Committee consists of college basketball experts from a wide range of media outlets including ESPN, CBS Sports, The Athletic, USA Today, NBC Sports, The Ringer, and more. The Committee worked feverishly throughout the season to determine the nation’s top senior college basketball players who have been selected to compete. The complete rosters for each conference will be revealed through a series of studio shows streamed live on Twitter once a day from Monday, March 26 through Thursday, March 29 at 3:00PM central by @3X3UHoops.

Though the official rosters won’t be released until next week, some selections are being slowly leaked out. Three of the four Big Ten players have been announced. Along with Nate Mason the Big Ten roster will contain former Indiana Hoosier guard Robert Johnson and former Ohio State Buckeye forward Jae’Sean Tate. Johnson earned honorable mention All-Big Ten honors and finished 21st in IU career scoring with 1,413 points and 4th in 3FG Made with 239. He was ninth in the Big Ten in 3-point field goals made. A four-year starter with 118 career starts, he averaged 14.0 points and finished second on the team with 84 assists. He averaged 14.6 points and led IU with 52 assists in league play. Tate averaged 12.3 points and 6.2 rebounds per game for the Buckeyes.

Other notable players from other conferences whose named have been released include former Xavier Musketeers Trevon Bluiett and J.P. Macura on the Big East squad and Colgate’s Jordan Swopshire on the Patriot League team