ATHENS, Ohio -- Ohio men's basketball guard Mike Laster (Detroit, Mich.) has been selected to participate in the inaugural Dos Equis 3X3U National Championship. This ground-breaking new event 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. These teams, comprised of seniors who have exhausted their collegiate eligibility, will compete for a $100,000 prize pool viewable 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. Laster will be one of four players selected from the Mid-American Conference.
Laster wrapped up his four-year career as a Bobcat this month after helping to guide Ohio to 67 wins and back-to-back appearances in the MAC Tournament semifinals as a sophomore in 2016 and a junior in '17. He put together a career year as a senior in 2017-18, averaging a career-high 14.5 points (435 points scored) to rank second on the team and shot a career-best 47.7 percent (164-of-344) from the field to rank third on the squad. He converted at a career-best 39.1 percent (54-of-138) success rate from three-point land to rank fourth on the team. He also posted career highs in rebounds (87, 2.9 per game), assists (58, 1.9 per game), blocks (5, 0.2 per game), steals (17, 0.6 per game) and minutes (992, 33.1 per game) Laster finished in double figures 23 times in his senior campaign, bringing his career total to 31. He scored at least 20 points in a game seven times in 2017-18 -- including scoring a career-high 31 points to lead all scorers on 10-of-12 shooting with a career-high five three-pointers in a 78-68 triumph over Northern Illinois on Jan. 6 at the Convocation Center in Athens.
The Dos Equis 3X3U National Championship will begin on Friday, March 30 with 24 pool play games streamed live on Twitter from 7 p.m.-12:30 a.m. EST and will continue on Saturday, March 31 with another 24 pool play games streamed live on Twitter from 11 a.m.-3:30 p.m. EST. The event will conclude on Sunday, April 1 with the quarterfinals broadcast live on Twitter from 1:35-3 p.m. EST, and the semifinals, third-place game and championship game broadcast live on ESPN2 from 3:30-5:30 p.m. EST.
"We are so excited to host these 128 players at this one-of-a-kind event," said Drew Russell, Intersport's Vice President of Sports Properties. "For fans, this will be an opportunity to see the nation's top seniors compete in the rapidly growing and faced-paced nature of 3-on-3 basketball. For players, it will be one last opportunity to showcase their skills on a national stage and give them the chance to earn a significant sum of money. It will also expose them to the 3-on-3 format which may lead to new opportunities as they take the next step in their professional careers."
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.
Tickets for the Dos Equis 3X3U National Championship are on sale now and start at just $15 with multi-day and group packages available.