Big 3

Playoff picture is shaping up, with Trilogy still being Trilogy, Power is doubling-down, and 3-Headeds creeping up. Post-game bites from BIG3's Week 5 in Chicago

All games on FOX Sports FS1 Monday @ 8p ET/5p PT.

By Craig Ellenport

With three weeks left in the BIG3’s inaugural regular season, the playoffs are starting to come into focus. The second half of the season began Sunday in Chicago, in front of a sold-out crowd at UIC Pavilion. When the smoke cleared, four teams emerged as strong playoff contenders.

One team became the first ever to clinch a playoff berth, as the undefeated Trilogy punched its ticket for the postseason, which begins Aug. 20 in Seattle. Four teams have winning records and the other four all find themselves with identical 1-4 records. All of those teams are still alive for a playoff spot, but they’ve got some work to do.

By Craig Ellenport

When the BIG3 tips off at Chicago’s UIC Pavilion on Sunday for Week 5 action, it will be the most intimate stage for the new league.

That’s a nice way of saying the UIC Pavilion is the smallest venue for the BIG3 this season. Its capacity is 10,000, which means an expected sellout crowd will still mark the lowest attendance for the BIG3 so far this season.