TBT 2018 Super 16: South Region Preview


By: Josh Goldfine | @jgoldfine

Only four teams remain in the South Region

Overseas Elite is once again the team to beat in the South as Super 16 play begins Thursday night in Atlanta.

In the opening game, live on ESPN2 at 7 PM EST, Ram Nation will take on Team DRC. Ram Nation, the #2 seed, is coming off two wins while playing in front of a raucous home crowd in Richmond, Virginia. Now, as the scene shifts to Atlanta, the VCU alumni squad will have its hands full with #6 seed Team DRC, a veteran group which has its eyes set on the upset. Kenny Brown, Darius Washington and former NBA champion Dominique Jones, who holds the highest scoring average in TBT history, have all posted 20-plus point games for Team DRC. Ram Nation counters with a deep and talented roster which would relish a chance to capture the South Region title, which has eluded the squad over the past two summers. Brandon Rozell and NBA veteran Reggie Williams each averaged 18.5 points per game over the first two rounds and will be counted on to provide the offense once again in Atlanta.

The road to a TBT title still runs through #1 seed Overseas Elite, winners of 21 consecutive games over four summers. The three-time champions and winners of $5 million in career prize money will take to the court in the nightcap against #4 seed Louisiana United live at 9 PM EST on ESPN2. There is nowhere to hide against Overseas Elite, which can beat its opponent inside with Justin Burrell or outside with Kyle Fogg or Errick McCollum. D.J. Kennedy, the leading rebounder in TBT history, can do it all. DeAndre Kane contributes on both ends of the floor, and Jeremy Pargo will continue to work his way into the rotation. Louisiana United looks to pull the upset after blowing out both of its opponents on opening weekend. Forward Akil Mitchell posted back-to-back double-doubles and is the South Region’s leading rebounder through two games. Tyren Johnson, Byron Allen, Jaron Johnson, Bo McCalebb and Ike Udanoh have all reached double digits in scoring for this talented offensive squad.

The winners will play for the South Region championship on Sunday, July 29th at 11:00 AM EST, live on ESPN (subject to change).


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