Last week, The Basketball Tournament announced its plans for a July 4th weekend tipoff. On Tuesday, the finalized details regarding the schedule and a 24-team bracket were officially presented through a Selection Show, led by ESPN’s Seth Greenburg and Fran Fraschilla.
Unfortunately, Team Detroit, who were able to add former Kentucky Wildcat Marcus Lee to its roster, did not make the cut.
Due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, TBT intends to take a different route this time around, following in the footsteps of what the NBA plans to do once they return.
These 24 teams will compete for $1 MILLION in Columbus July 4-14! ?? pic.twitter.com/ihcG7y9wkY
— TBT (@thetournament) June 16, 2020
A 24-team bracket was created and all teams will operate–fully quarantined–up in Colombus, OH over the course of 10 days. The top-eight seeds were granted first-round byes while the remaining 16 will face a single-elimination round. No fans will be in attendance and the event will be broadcast on ESPN.
Traditional favorites from past years, Carmen’s Crew (complied of former Ohio State players) and Overseas Elite (a four-time winner of the event who also added seven-time NBA All-Star Joe Johnson to its roster), are back once again, along with several other alum-based teams such as Boeheim’s Army (Syracuse alums) and the Golden Eagles (Marquette alums). Ohio State actually has two full teams consisting of former Buckeyes.
Here’s a look at the full bracket:
Since 2016, the grand prize has been $2 million, however financial restrictions due to COVID-19 have brought the pile down to $1 million. If you aren’t familiar with TBT, it’s famous for incorporating the Elam Ending, a unique approach to the final stretch of basketball games where teams are required to hit a target score in order to win instead of letting the clock run out.
Last summer, one of the regions was held right here in Lexington, KY and plenty of former Wildcats were in town, including Lee, Demarcus Cousins, and Dominque Hawkins. That won’t be the case this year and, as of right now, no former Kentucky players are set to suit up.