TBT 2016 Bracket

 

By: TBT Staff | @thetournament


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South Matchups

July 9 & 10 @ The Grady Cole Center (TICKETS)

Round 1: Saturday July 9

Round 2: Sunday July 10

#1 Bluff City Blues vs. #16 OPI

Game Time: 9:00a ET

The Bluff City Blues have quietly become one of the most balanced teams in TBT’s 2016 field, bringing together core players from some of the best Memphis teams of the past decade. Joining the squad is Memphis native Terrico White, who played his college ball at Ole Miss, winning SEC Rookie of the Year award honors in 2009. On the other side, 16th seeded OPI will be riding a cast of mostly Armstrong State and Appalachian State alumni to what they hope will be one of the biggest upsets in TBT history.

#8 Trained To Go vs. #9 PrimeTime Players

Game Time: 10:45a ET

Both Trained To Go and the PrimeTime Players return to TBT for the second time this summer. Trained To Go made the third round in 2015 before falling to 2015 Champions Overseas Elite, and add Damien Wilkins to upgrade a roster that already features former Harlem Globetrotter and NBA vet Jamario Moon. Although PrimeTime doesn’t have the same name recognition as their opponent, the ECBL powerhouse has unmatched chemistry, which they rode to an upset of 2015’s top seed, Team BDB, en route to the round of 16.

#2 Overseas Elite vs. #15 Showtime

Game Time: 12:30p ET

The defending champions return the lion’s share of their 2015 roster this summer, with a couple fresh faces joining the squad. Winning #TBT2016 will require Overseas Elite to win 13 straight do-or-die games. It seems like an impossible task, but Overseas Elite has overcome adversity before. Showtime returns to TBT for the third straight summer, looking to net their first win. With a reloaded roster can they shock the world and bring Council, Virginia their biggest sports victory since winning the high school state championship in 2001?

#7 HBC vs. #10 Seven City Grain

Game Time: 2:15p ET

HBC had an interesting strategy this offseason. After beating AMR 102-84 last summer, they took Rashaun Freeman, Jamal Shuler and Alex Tyus, all of whom played for AMR in TBT 2015, and added them to their already diverse roster. Seven City Grain is looking to put Virginia on TBT’s map, and will look to Kent State’s Chris Evans, Cincinnati grad JaQuon Parker and Steve Pledger, who finished his Oklahoma career second in school history in 3-pointers (249) to lead the way.

#4 Team BDB vs. #13 Arkansas Finest

Game Time: 4:00p ET

The Josh Selby led TeamBDB had the firepower last summer, but had a tough time getting their chemistry intact. Entering TBT 2016 with (potentially) the most pure talent of anyone in the 64- team field, including LaceDarius Dunn (Baylor), Yancy Gates (Cincinnati) and Durant Scott (Miami), the team will look to rebound and show the world last summer was a fluke. They’ll face off with an Arkansas Finest team comprised of mid-major and Division 2 talent from across The Natural State.

#5 TMD vs. #12 Southern Hospitality

Game Time: 5:45p ET

After missing TBT due to an injury last summer, Marshall Henderson returns with his most talented roster yet. In addition to some of his fellow Ole Miss alumni, the team consists of talent from Wisconsin, Memphis and Arkansas. They’ll take on a Southern Hospitality team that has the makeup to be a big time spoiler in TBT 2016. Torin Francis, who won TBT’s 2014 championship with the Notre Dame Fighting Alumni, headlines the roster which boasts guys who played their college ball at Texas Tech, Missouri, and Virginia among other prominent schools.

#3 Ram Nation vs. #14 NC Prodigal Sons

Game Time: 7:30p ET

Ram Nation reunites the core of VCU’s Final Four team in 2011, and that’s not even the most interesting storyline. After stepping away from the game at the conclusion of the 2014-2015 NBA season, Larry Sanders will make his return to the court to suit up with his fellow Ram alumni. Reggie Williams, who played his college ball at VMI, will also join the team with 180 career NBA games under his belt. The NC Prodigal Sons may be the underdogs, but could have the home crowd advantage with a significant portion of their roster hailing from Charlotte, the location of TBT’s South Regional.

#6 Cat Pack vs. #11 Kings of the South

Game Time: 9:15p ET

Davidson basketball has been at the forefront of the sports world the past two years with the rise of Steph Curry. Playing just 25 minutes south of their alma mater, these Davidson alumni will be looking to show that the Wildcats’ talent extends far beyond the two-time NBA MVP. Kings of the South have three players on the roster with NBA experience in Earl Barron, Derrick Byars and Travis Leslie. Two more have joined along as boosters in DeMarre Carroll and Thad Young. This could very well be the best overall matchup of the first round.

 

West Matchups

July 9 & 10 @ Cal-State Los Angeles (Eagle’s Nest) (TICKETS)

Round 1: Saturday July 9

Round 2: Sunday July 10

#1 Team 23 vs. #16 Kimchi Express

Game Time: 9am PT

David vs. Goliath doesn’t quite cut it here. Team 23 was a three pointer away from winning TBT 2015. And they look even better this year. Length at every position, outside shooting, defense, organization, and a team of seasoned pros who will be able to adapt to almost any style of play. If Kimchi stays in this game, it’ll be the biggest upset in sports history…and Kimchi knows it. They’ll need to jack up a lot of threes and hope they all go in to keep this one close.

#8 New Mexico RH vs. #9 BC Portland

Game Time: 10:45am PT

These are two very, very good teams. Some are looking at New Mexico RH as 2016’s Team 23: an unheralded group of pros who will surprise people with their defensive intensity. BC Portland meanwhile features some of the top talent from the Pacific Northwest and will be a team of pros who have all played at the top levels of NCAA and overseas basketball. The winner of this game will give #1 seed Team 23 all it can handle.

#6 7Outz vs. #11 Air Force Bomb Squad

Game Time: 12:30pm PT

Named after a craps term, 7Outz displayed a gambler’s bravado last year, when PG Drew Lavender drained a 30 footer over Brian Scalabrine to knock out the #1 seed in TBT West Regional.  Lavender and crew return in 2016, promising hard-nosed, hustling basketball and the same fortitude that served them well last year. The Air Force Bomb Squad returns for a third go-round in 2016, bringing the Princeton Offense and the back-door cuts you’d expect from a team that knows exactly what it wants to do on the court.

#3 Few Good Men vs. #14 Whistle Sports Dot Squad

Game Time: 2:15pm PT

Gonzaga alums vs. the man behind the James Harden impression that you and everyone else have seen on Facebook. Few Good Men come into this matchup as the clear favorite, but if they take the Dot Squad too lightly (or if they show up short-handed), Brandon Armstrong will show the world what he can do with a basketball besides hilariously spoof the NBA’s biggest stars.

#7 Team Utah vs. #10 Utah Stallions

Game Time: 4:00pm PT

Utah vs. Utah State. Intrastate rivals meet in a game that will be all about which team can most expertly pick apart the other’s weaknesses. Lack of familiarity is not an issue here. These teams know each other well. Team Utah will feature incredible outside shooting, led by Shaun Green. If he’s hot from the outside, Team Utah could be up big early. A date with LAUNFD awaits the winner.

#2 LAUNFD vs. #15 West Coast Ronin

Game Time: 5:45pm PT

Known for their Drew League success, the real story of LAUNFD is one of history and trust. These guys have been playing together since they were 9 years old. Shorthanded in 2015, LAUNFD have vowed to redeem their loss to Team 23 in the West Regional Championship. West Coast Ronin comes into this game as the underdog, but that’s a role in which these guys thrive. They’ll get out and run, move the ball around, and play as hard as their bodies will let them.

#4 Skinner’s Frate Train vs. #13 Mostly Sports

Game Time: 7:30pm PT

A team that features the stars of Boston College’s last prominent teams, Skinner’s Frate Train’s success will depend on their guard play. If Tyrese Rice plays, he’s a game-changer. If he’s out, Brady Heslip and Marquez Haynes will take over at the 1 and will have all the pressure to deliver. Mostly Sports is an older, experienced team and competed in TBT 2015. What Mostly Sports lacks in pedigree, they’ll make up for in “old man strength,” as they’ll set bruising picks, swing the ball, and find the open man.

#5 Team Colorado vs. #12 Shaare Zedek

Game Time: 9:15pm PT

Team Colorado boasts most of the best former Buffaloes in recent CU history, including Reggie Roby, who most expect to put on a show in L.A. Shaare Zedek, playing on behalf of the medical center in Jerusalem, comes into TBT having been practicing for months and featuring Maccabi Tel Aviv hero David Blu. Although they don’t feature any current pros, if Shaare Zedek can stay organized and not turn the ball over, they’ll challenge Colorado, who are hoping to avoid a second straight early round exit. 

 

Northeast Matchups

July 16 & 17 @ Philadelphia University (TICKETS)

Round 1: Saturday July 16

Round 2: Sunday July 17

 

#1 City of Gods vs. #16 Dubois Dream

Game Time: 9am ET

2015 Northeast Champion City of Gods reloads and returns for another run at the title. With a few key additions to this already stacked lineup, expect a physical, professional style from City of Gods with top-tier outside shooting that will be a handful for any opponent. Hailing from central PA, the Dubois Dream will have their hands full in their first round game. Expect ball movement and a lot of threes from the Dream.

#8 Talladega Knights vs. #9 Team Fancy

Game Time: 10:45am ET

TBT 2014 Championship opponents Josh Boone and Ty Nash join forces with former Louisville hero Edgar Sosa to take on Team Fancy, a squad that features elite talent like Russ Smith and Javale McGee. This matchup could come down to which team gels first, as both squads come together specifically for this tournament.

#4 Team Maryland vs. #13 Big Apple Basketball

Game Time: 12:30pm ET

Team Maryland is loaded with EuroLeague heroes, with many saying the squad has one of the best rosters on paper in TBT 2016. Big Apple Basketball is led by Coach/GM Jason Curry, who has a penchant for calling the right play at the end of close games. If BAB can withstand Maryland’s early onslaught of suffocating defense and fast play and manage to keep it close, Team Maryland could be on the receiving end of another Jason Curry buzzer beater.

#5 Team FOE vs. #12 Liberty Ballers

Game Time: 2:15pm ET

Family Over Everything led former Villanova star Maalik Wayns to jump ship from SuperNOVA and join FOE, which is organized and coached by the Morris twins. Liberty Ballers success will hinge on the play of point guard Ronald Moore. FOE is stacked at guard and on the wing. Liberty Ballers will try to exploit their size advantage, with Moore’s club teammate Alex Kirk looking to do damage inside.

#3 The Untouchables vs. #14 Sideline Cancer

Game Time: 4:00pm

A phalanx of former Pitt Panthers leads the Untouchables against Sideline Cancer, a team playing not only to win TBT, but to bring awareness to the fight against pancreatic cancer. The Untouchables feature premier inside and outside play, the familiarity and trust from having played together, and a history of single elimination success from their college days. Sideline Cancer will be well-coached, disciplined, and confident, having advanced to the round of 16 in TBT 2015.

#6 SuperNOVA Vs. #11 PA Roadwarriors

Game Time: 5:45pm ET

Two alumni teams face off in this matchup that should be a real treat for college basketball fans. The core of Villanova’s 2009 Final Four team reunite against a squad of that features a fascinating mix of Bucknell grads. SuperNOVA is led by Antonio Pena and Reggie Redding, both thriving overseas. Bucknell has a history of pulling off upsets in tournament play.

#2 Boeheim’s Army vs. #15 Basketball City

Game Time: 7:30p ET

Talk to anyone about the Northeast Region and they bring up the 2-3 zone that Boeheim’s Army will play. But, it’s not just the Army’s defense that teams fear: CJ Fair, Donte Greene, Brandon Triche, and the ever-exuberant Eric Devendorf will put up their share of points, too. Basketball City is a team of pros. The fact that they’re a 15 seed tells you all you need to know about the caliber of play in the Northeast Region.

#7 North Broad Street Bullies vs. #10 20th & Olney

Game Time: 9:15pm ET

Philadelphia Big 5 basketball in the summer. Temple and LaSalle renew their rivalry before what will undoubtedly a boisterous crowd. 20th & Olney bring back the core of 2015’s team that narrowly lost to Boeheim’s Army in one of the most hotly contested games in TBT history. The Bullies return for a third time in TBT, boasting some of the best guards in the Northeast Region. This will be a doozy.

 

Midwest Matchups

July 16 & 17 @ St Xavier University (TICKETS)

Round 1: Saturday July 16

Round 2: Sunday July 17

#2 Ants Alumni vs. #15 Canton Bulldogs

Game Time: 9:00a CT

The Ants Alumni are defending TBT Midwest Champions. They banded together after winning the D-League Championship and now find themselves the target. They face off against a scrappy, gifted Canton squad that formed specifically for TBT 2016. The Ants are nothing if not cohesive. Can Canton string enough practices together to rival the Ants’ chemistry? 

#7 Armored Athlete vs. #10 Midwest Dream Squad

Game Time: 10:45a CT

Behind Indiana University’s Jordan Hulls, Will Sheehey, and Christian Watford, Armored Athlete had a great showing in 2015, making it to the Midwest Championship Game before bowing out against the Ants. The Midwest Dream Squad also put on a show in 2015, making it to the 4th Round, before dropping a game at the last second to the 2014 Champion Notre Dame Fighting Alumni.

#5 Pedro’s Posse vs. #12 Eberlein Drive

Game Time: 12:30p CT

Former Sacramento Kings Jason Williams and Mike Bibby team up to form one of the most intriguing backcourts in TBT 2016 for Pedro’s Posse. Eberlein Drive comes in after two straight first round losses in 2014 & 2015, though now they’ve loaded up with the Millsap family and former NBA players Renaldo Balkman and Von Wafer.

#4 Purple and Black (Kansas State Alumni) vs. #13 The Region

Game Time: 2:15p CT

Purple and Black signed up on the first day of the application process and got 2,000 votes overnight. The fan base didn’t stop growing after that, and it’s easy to see why. This is the core of the 2010 K State team that went to the Elite 8.  They face off against The Region, a first-time TBT participant from outside Chicago featuring Chicago legend Stefhon Hannah and Jarrod Jones, who holds the all-time record for games started at Ball State.

#8 120 Sports vs. #9 Always a Brave (Bradley Alumni)

Game Time: 4:00p CT

Northwestern alums team up alongside Purdue’s Robbie Hummel to form 120 Sports. Always a Brave features teammates from the 2006 Bradley team that shocked the nation when they went to the Sweet 16. Patrick O’Bryant headlines for Always a Brave. This game will be a barnburner.

#1 Bluegrass Boys (Kentucky Alumni) vs. #16 Jackson TN Underdawgs

Game Time: 5:45p CT

All roads to the NCAA Basketball National Championship seem to go through Kentucky these days. They hope people soon say the same with TBT. The Bluegrass Boys have loaded up with prominent Kentucky Alums and a few others from rival SEC schools. They face off against a group of friends who’ve been playing together since high school. What’s the group do now? They’re a banker, engineer, teacher and truck driver. That’s the appropriately named #16 seed Jackson TN Underdawgs.

#3 Spartan Heroes (Michigan State Alumni) vs. #14 Ohio United

Game Time: 7:30p CT

Seven out of ten players on the Spartan Heroes roster list themselves as a guard. This team will be fast-paced, and probably defense-minded, having played under Tom Izzo. Ohio United, on the other hand, has a more balanced squad, filled with players from mid-majors. They have a chip on their shoulders and will likely be looking to prove themselves against the Big 10 juggernaut.

#6 Golden Eagles Alumni (Marquette Alumni) vs. #11 Hoopville Warriors

Game Time: 9:15p CT

The Golden Eagles Alumni comes from nearby Marquette. They comprise one of the youngest alumni teams in TBT, and are therefore extremely dangerous. With several players possibly heading to NBA Summer League, this will be a race to see which players can get back to Chicago in time for the game. They will get thrown right into the fire against 2-time TBT participant Hoopville Warriors, who play at a ferocious pace and has managed advancing to Round 3 in each of the past 2 TBTs.