TBT releases 2019 teams and bracket

 

By: TBT Staff | @thetournament


Find out who will compete for $2 million in TBT 2019

Listed below are the 64 teams who will look to take home a regional championship, advance to Chicago, and ultimately make it to TBT's $2 Million Winner-Take-All Championship Game on August 6, live on ESPN.

The lists below include each regional host, last summer's regional champions, the at-large selections, and teams who purchased a buy-in slot. Below you can also find each team's seeds and first round matchups.

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Each of our eight regional champions will take home 25% of the ticket sales in their region and advance to compete in Championship Week, which will be played at Wintrust Arena in Chicago from August 1-6

To purchase tickets for any of our eight regionals or Championship Week in Chicago, please click here.

 

Columbus Regional: July 19-21

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Seeds:

  1. Carmen's Crew (Ohio State Alumni)
  2. Kohl Blooded (Wisconsin Alumni)
  3. Red Scare (Dayton Alumni)
  4. Big X
  5. West Virginia Wildcats
  6. The Region
  7. Mid-American Unity
  8. Illinois BC

First-Round Matchups (Friday, July 19):

No. 2 Kohl Blooded vs. No. 7 Mid-American Unity (1 pm EDT), ESPN3

No. 3 Red Scare vs. No. 6 The Region (3 pm EDT), ESPN3

No. 4 Big X vs. No. 5 West Virginia Wildcats (5 pm EDT), ESPN3

No. 1 Carmen's Crew vs. No. 8 Illinois BC (7 pm EDT), ESPN2

*Game times/channels are subject to change

2019 Bracket (Columbus)

 

Greensboro Regional: July 19-21

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Seeds:

  1. Team Hines
  2. Team CP3 (Chris Paul's Team)
  3. Power of the Paw (Clemson Alumni)
  4. PrimeTime Players
  5. Florida TNT
  6. Team 23
  7. Tampa 20/20
  8. Boo Williams

First Round Matchups (Friday, July 19):

No. 4 PrimeTime Players vs. No. 5 Florida TNT (3 pm EDT), ESPN3

No. 1 Team Hines vs. No. 8 Boo Williams (4:50 pm EDT), ESPN3

No. 2 Team CP3 vs. No. 7 Tampa 20/20 (6:40 pm EDT), ESPN3

No. 3 Power of the Paw vs. No. 6 Team 23 (8:30 pm EDT), ESPN3

*Game times/channels are subject to change

2019 Bracket (Greensboro)

 

Lexington Regional: July 19-21

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Seeds:

  1. Loyalty is Love (DeMarcus Cousins' Team)
  2. Bluegrass Boys (Kentucky Alumni)
  3. Fort Wayne Champs
  4. Team KBC
  5. Peoria All-Stars
  6. Showtime
  7. D2
  8. Illinois Hoopville Warriors

First Round Matchups (Friday, July 19):

No. 4 Team KBC vs. No. 5 Peoria All-Stars (3 pm EDT), ESPN3

No. 1 Loyalty is Love vs. No. 8 Illinois Hoopville Warriors (5 pm EDT), ESPN3

No. 3 Fort Wayne Champs vs. No. 6 Showtime (7 pm EDT), ESPN3

No. 2 Bluegrass Boys vs. No. 7 D2 (9 pm EDT), ESPN2

*Game times/channels are subject to change

2019 Bracket (Lexington)

 

Memphis Regional: July 19-21

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Seeds:

  1. Gael Force (St. Mary's Alumni)
  2. Bluff City (Memphis Alumni)
  3. Team Arkansas (Arkansas Alumni)
  4. Broad Street Brawlers
  5. Southern Gentlemen
  6. Louisiana United
  7. Team Everyday
  8. Jackson TN Underdawgs

First Round Matchups (Friday, July 19):

No. 4 Broad Street Brawlers vs. No. 5 Southern Gentlemen (3 pm CDT/4 pm EDT), ESPN3

No. 1 Gael Force vs. No. 8 Jackson TN Underdawgs (4:50 pm CDT/5:50 pm EDT), ESPN3

No. 3 Team Arkansas vs. No. 6 Louisiana United (6:40 pm CDT/7:40 pm EDT), ESPN3

No. 2 Bluff City vs. No. 7 Team Everyday (8:30 pm CDT/9:30 pm EDT), ESPN3

*Game times/channels are subject to change

2019 Bracket (Memphis)

 

Wichita Regional: July 25-28

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Seeds:

  1. Golden Eagles Alumni (Marquette Alumni)
  2. AfterShocks (Wichita State Alumni)
  3. Self Made (Kansas Alumni)
  4. Team Colorado (Colorado Alumni)
  5. Purple & Black (Kansas State Alumni)
  6. Sideline Cancer
  7. Iowa United
  8. Fort Hood Wounded Warriors

First Round Matchups (Thursday, July 25):

No. 3 Self Made vs. No. 6 Sideline Cancer (6 pm CDT/7 pm EDT), ESPN

No. 2 AfterShocks vs. No. 7 Iowa United (8 pm CDT/9 pm EDT), ESPN

First Round Matchups (Friday, July 26):

No. 1 Golden Eagles Alumni vs. No. 8 Fort Hood Wounded Warriors (6 pm CDT/7 pm EDT), ESPN3
 
No. 4 Team Colorado vs. No. 5 Purple & Black (8 pm CDT/9 pm EDT), ESPN3

*Game times/channels are subject to change

2019 Bracket (Wichita)

 

Syracuse Regional: July 26-28

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Seeds:

  1. Boeheim's Army (Syracuse Alumni)
  2. Armored Athlete 
  3. Team Brotherly Love 
  4. Team Fancy
  5. GaelNation (Iona Alumni)
  6. Playing for Jimmy V
  7. Team Draddy (Manhattan Alumni)
  8. We Are D3

First Round Matchups (Friday, July 26):

No. 3 Brotherly Love vs. No. 6 Playing for Jimmy V (1 pm EDT), ESPN3

No. 2 Armored Athlete vs. No. 7 Team Draddy (3 pm EDT), ESPN3

No. 4 Team Fancy vs. No. 5 GaelNation (5 pm EDT), ESPN3

No. 1 Boeheim's Army vs. No. 8 We Are D3 (7 pm EDT), ESPN2

*Game times/channels are subject to change

2019 Bracket (Syracuse)

 

Richmond Regional: July 26-28

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Seeds:

  1. Overseas Elite (4x Champions, 25-0)
  2. Ram Nation (VCU Alumni) 
  3. The Green Machine (George Mason Alumni)
  4. Best Virginia (West Virginia Alumni)
  5. Seven City Royalty (Old Dominion Alumni)
  6. The Web (Richmond Alumni)
  7. Team DRC
  8. Hilltop Dawgs (UMBC Alumni)

First Round Matchups (Friday, July 26):

No. 4 Best Virginia vs. No. 5 Seven City Royalty (3 pm EDT), ESPN3

No. 1 Overseas Elite vs. No. 8 Hilltop Dawgs (4:50 pm EDT), ESPN3

No. 3 Green Machine vs. No. 6 The Web (6:40 pm EDT), ESPN3

No. 2 Ram Nation vs. No. 7 Team DRC (8:30 pm EDT), ESPN3

*Game times/channels are subject to change

2019 Bracket (Richmond)

 

Salt Lake Regional: July 25-27

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Seeds:

  1. Eberlein Drive
  2. Team Challenge ALS 
  3. Team Fredette
  4. Sons of Westwood (UCLA Alumni)
  5. L.A. Cheaters (Drew League)
  6. CitiTeam Blazers (Drew League)
  7. Utah Stallions (Utah State Alumni)
  8. Team Utah

First Round Matchups (Thursday, July 25):

No. 1 Eberlein Drive vs. No. 8 Team Utah (3 pm MDT/5 pm EDT), ESPN3

No. 4 Sons of Westwood vs. No. 5 L.A. Cheaters (4:50 pm MDT/6:50 pm EDT), ESPN3

No. 2 Team Challenge ALS vs. No. 7 Utah Stallions (6:40 pm MDT/8:40 pm EDT), ESPN3

No. 3 Team Fredette vs. No. 6 CitiTeam Blazers (8:30 pm MDT/10:30 pm EDT, ESPN3

*Game times/channels are subject to change

2019 Bracket (Salt Lake)

 

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●     Overseas Elite– The four-time defending TBT champ has put together one of the most impressive streaks in sports, going 25-0 over the past four years, winning $7 million in the process.

●     NCAA Tournament Flavor – A handful of teams that have made deep runs in the NCAA Tournament are shooting for $2 million. Kohl Blooded includes members from Wisconsin’s 2015 national runner-up team. Ram Nation, with alums from VCU’s 2011 Final Four team, is back for the fourth straight year. Green Machine features several members from George Mason’s 2006 Final Four team. Best Virginia has members from West Virginia’s 2010 Final Four team. Red Scare will rekindle memories of Dayton’s run to the Elite Eight in 2014. And the Hilltop Dawgs welcome several players who helped UMBC become the first No. 16 seed to beat a No. 1 by beating Virginia in 2018.  

●     NBA and NFL Ties – TBT’s growth has attracted the attention of professional athletes who want to be involved. Chris Paul, star guard for the Houston Rockets, and DeMarcus Cousins, star forward for the Golden State Warriors, are serving as General Managers for TBT teams. Coaches include Pistons center Andre Drummond, Pacers guard Darren Collison, Hornets guard Shelvin Mack and Wizards big man Bobby Portis. Suns guard Jimmer Fredette is an assistant coach. NFL stars Vic Beasley (Atlanta Falcons) and Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie (Washington Redskins) are sponsors of TBT teams.

●     She’s the One – Megan Gustafson, college basketball’s 2019 National Player of the Year, will play for the Iowa United. While there have been other women to play in TBT, the former Iowa standout is the first active women’s professional player to play.

●      Which Team Will Win Wichita? – The Wichita Regional is loaded. The top-seeded Golden Eagles (Marquette Alumni), led by Jamil Wilson and Travis Diener, lost to Overseas Elite in last year’s semifinals. The host AfterShocks (Wichita State Alumni), featuring Toure’ MurryTekele Cotton and Joe Ragland, will have a huge crowd on their side. Self Made (Kansas Alumni)has some of the best Jayhawks from the Bill Self era, including 2008 national champions Darrell Arthur and Darnell JacksonTeam Colorado (Colorado Alumni) was the runner up to Overseas Elite in 2016. And Purple & Black (Kansas State Alumni) boasts Akeem WrightCurtis Kelly and Thomas Gipson...and more stars could be coming.

●     The Elam Ending –TBT once again will use the Elam Ending. First implemented during TBT’s play-in round in 2017 and used throughout TBT 2018, the “Elam Ending” – created by Mensa member and basketball superfan Dr. Nick Elam– is designed to eliminate deliberate fouling at the end of games. It ensures the final minutes are played at the same pace and flow as the rest of the game and guarantees every game ends on a made basket. Under the rule, at the first dead ball after the four-minute mark in the fourth quarter, the game clock shuts off. A Target Score is set by adding eight (8) to the leading team’s score. The first team to reach the Target Score wins. 

●     Free Throws…

o  Joey Gruden, son of Washington Redskins coach Jay Gruden, is a former walk-on at Dayton and is one of the organizers of Red Scare.

o  Doug Gottlieb, a radio personality and former hoops player at Oklahoma State, will be the coach of Team 23.

o  Team Challenge ALS, started by former Boston College star Sean Marshall to honor his college roommate Pete Frates (who made the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge famous), returns. Of note, D.J. Strawberry, son of Darryl Strawberry, will be on the team. And a new team, Playing for Jimmy V, is named after former Rutgers guard and assistant coach Jim Valvano and partnering with the V Foundation. The team was formed by Rutgers student managers Alex Neumann and Matt Johnson and features several former Scarlet Knights.

o  Isaiah Austin, a former Baylor center and NBA prospect whose career nearly ended because of Marfan Syndrome, will play for Loyalty is Love, which is led by DeMarcus Cousins.