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All-Time Tournament: Day 13

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The Quarterfinals are upon us and still every decade is represented in the tournament, of course that will not be the case once we whittle down our field from eight to four.

Here are the first Quarterfinal games that took place:


Game 43

Our first Quarterfinal match-up featured the champions against the lowest seeded team remaining from the 1980s. Were the 1970/71 Bucks able to keep their march alive for another title?

In their biggest win yet, the 70/71 Bucks are two wins away from adding another title to their trophy case. A 43-point second quarter allowed them to hit cruise control and close out the 1981/82 Bucks. Kareem Abdul-Jabbar posted a solid 18 point and 16 rebound line to lift his squad into the semis. With the loss, we say good-bye to Marques Johnson as this was the last remaining team he featured on.

Game 44

The lowest remaining seed in the tournament had another opportunity to eliminate a Kareem Abdul-Jabbar-led squad. Was modern-day Giannis Antetokounmpo able to lead the 2017/18 Bucks into the Semifinals?

He did it again, unbelievable. I was secretly hoping the 17/18 Bucks would be out of this tournament early, so I wouldn’t have to keep poorly editing their scoreboard screenshots, but nevertheless Giannis persisted. A 23 point, seven rebound, and seven assists night helped vault the 17/18 Bucks past a 1973/74 squad that only saw production from Abdul-Jabbar (25 points and 15 rebounds).

Now that we know which two teams can call themselves semifinalists, here is the updated top-half of the bracket:


Looking Ahead to Day 14

Our final two Quarterfinal games will take place and they both feature teams that had to pull off upsets in the Round of 16 to get here.

Here is the bottom-half of the Quarterfinal bracket:

Game 45

Coming off a solid Round of 16 upset, the 2000/01 Bucks are looking to keep their hot shooting going against the vaunted second-seed 1971/72 Bucks. Will the Big 3 be able to keep up with Big O and Kareem?

Poll

Game 45

This poll is closed

  • 35%
    (10) 2000/01
    (20 votes)
  • 64%
    (2) 1971/72
    (36 votes)
56 votes total Vote Now

Game 46

Terry Cummings and Sidney Moncrief have linked up for an impressive offensive output throughout the tournament, but will the turn of the century Big 3 be able to stifle their flow while showing offensive efficiency of their own?

Poll

Game 46

This poll is closed

  • 26%
    (19) 1999/2000
    (14 votes)
  • 73%
    (6) 1985/86
    (38 votes)
52 votes total Vote Now