Pay-for-play at the Final Four? New 3-on-3 tournament makes that a reality

College basketball players will be getting paid during the Final Four. Just not the ones participating in the Final Four.

Chicago-based Intersport has created a 3-on-3 tournament with a prize pool of $100,000 that will be played at a gym near the Final Four site in San Antonio during college basketball’s biggest weekend.

The Dos Equis 3X3U National Championship will have teams from each of the 32 Division I conferences — four players (one sub) who have exhausted their college eligibility.

The Big Ten players who received the most votes from the player selection committee were Northwestern’s Bryant McIntosh, Purdue’s Vince Edwards, Ohio State’s Jae’Sean Tate and Minnesota’s Nate Mason.

If Purdue or Ohio State makes the Final Four — or if any players turn down the invitation — Intersport will invite other Big Ten standouts. Scottie Lindsey, who led Northwestern in scoring and hit 9 of 11 3-pointers Feb. 25 at Iowa, is in that second group.

The games will run from March 30 to April 1 at the 3,000-seat Bill Greehey Arena at St. Mary’s University’s, eight miles from the Alamodome.

The March 30-31 games will be streamed live on Twitter, as will the April 1 quarterfinals (1-2 p.m. Chicago time). ESPN2 will air the April 1 semifinals and best-of-three championship series (2:30-4:30 p.m.)

The champion team will divvy up a $50,000 prize. Teams receive $1,000 for each win through the semifinals, and Intersport will pay the players’ travel expenses and provide a per diem.

tgreenstein@chicagotribune.com

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