GUEST POST: Superfans Charge Nation and Andrew Haner make their TBT 2019 bracketology picks

 

By: Charge Nation & Andrew Haner | @Charge_Nation@AndrewDHaner


Two of TBT's biggest fans try and predict the 2019 field

As part of a guest series, we’re going to post some bracketology picks to see how the TBT 2019 bracket could eventually shake out. Charge Nation (@Charge_Nation) and Andrew Haner (@AndrewDHaner) will be offering their brackets as well as some quick analysis about who we think will be in and why.

TBT NOTE: Charge Nation and Andrew Haner are TBT superfans and their views do not reflect those of TBT. They were given no inside information for this post and their selections are purely for entertainment purposes. The TBT 2019 bracket will be revealed on June 11.  

Greensboro Regional

Charge Nation

  • #1 Team Hines  

    • I’ll keep it brief, the team to beat in #TBT2019.  

  • #2  Team CP3 (Host)

    • Solid group put together by CP3. Deep and talented team.

  • #3 Team 23

    • Proven winners who always show up strong.  

    • Adds some new, younger faces to a solid experienced core.

    • Look for Team 23 to make a good run.

  • #4 Florida TNT (Accepted)

    • Buy In team that is bringing some top talent.  

  • #5 Primetime Players

    • Can’t put a price on Chemistry.  

    • Primetime won’t bring the biggest names in the TBT, but they play more pro games together as a team each year that fuels their success.

  • #6 Tampa 20/20 (Accepted)

    • Gained valuable experience and a win in a play-in game last year.  

    • Brings back the core with a couple new additions.  

    • Also boasts an NBA'er for coach in Andre Drummond.

  • #7 Power of the Paw (Clemson Alumni)

    • Only Alumni team in the Region.

    • First year in the TBT.

    • Solid roster.

  • #8 Showtime  

    • TBT Fan favorites slide in to that last spot.  

    • Always a fun competitive team, made a couple upgrades as well.

    • #GetYourPopcornReady

 

Andrew Haner

  • #1 Team Hines

    • A very powerful first time squad that has a great mix of veteran European talent.

    • Very strong at guard with TBT favorite Mike James (Olimpia Milano / Italy), Nick Calathes (former NBA / current Panathinaikos) and Ricky Ledo (Former NBA / China)

    • One of the favorites to end Overseas Elite’s Run'

  • #2 Team CP3 (Host)

    • Being coached by an NBA legend will help any team, an obvious one seed under usual circumstances.

    • Scoring should be no problem with Rodney Purvis (UConn / GLeague) and Dez Wells (Maryland / Xavier / Italy) on the perimeter.

  • #3 Team 23

    • TBT veteran squad and former 2015 finalist returns with a strong squad coached by commentator Doug Gottlieb.

    • A hungry team with players from smaller D1 schools that aren’t household names, but this works to Team 23’s advantage as they can use a balanced attack to feed the hot hand.

  • #4 Tampa 20/20 (Accepted)

    • A team already in that has assembled some real talent under the watchful coaching eye of NBA star big man Andre Drummond.

    • With a varied and versatile roster, 20/20 will have a chance to win some games.

  • #5 Power of the Paw (Clemson Alumni)

    • Clemson’s first attempt at having a TBT team, and with a star studded Booster roster (Dale Davis, Dexter McCleon, Elden Campbell), the Paw is going all out.

    • Expect this squad to use physicality to really force the issue in the half court and be a tough out in the opening game.

  • #6 Primetime Players

    • 4 time defending champions of the East Coast Basketball League. A perennial TBT team, with two trips to the Super 16, a lower seed is a testament to how tough this region is.

    • These teams that play all year together have a large chemistry / cohesion advantage over other teams assembled of European all stars. A real dark horse to cause noise.

  • #7 Showtime

    • A constant presence in the TBT that finally got their first win last season.

    • Expect a tough fight with an experienced team that has been there before.

  • #8 Florida TNT (Accepted)

    • We close out the picks with a team that is an automatic qualifier and has a pretty interesting roster with the likes of Chris Warren (Ole Miss / Germany) making a potentially explosive team. Will be a tough matchup for the high seed they face.

 

 

Memphis

Charge Nation

  • #1 :  Bluff City (Memphis AlumnI)

    • Home team and Memphis is passionate about basketball and their city.  

    • Solid group of pros with significant TBT experience as well.

  • #2   Gael Force (St. Mary's Alumni)

    • Great run last year, I see no reason they can’t go deep again in TBT2019.

    • Returns the same team from last season.

  • #3   Team Arkansas (Arkansas Alumni)

    • Strong fan support, will get a nice boost playing closer to home this year.

    • Qualls is solid and look for him to lead a deep, experienced team.

  • #4   Matadors

    • Fierce competitors advancing each of the past 2 years, then narrow losses to top teams.

    • Not really an Alumni team anymore, hope that doesn’t hurt them in a deep Memphis field.

  • #5   Broad Street Brawlers

    • Resilient GM, lost his core to Red Scare and still built a really strong team.

    • Looks to be a gritty group that will put any team in the field to the test.

  • #6   Louisiana United

    • Re-tooled LA team as some guys split off to the Region.

    • Posley a solid add for the rebuilt LA United.

    • Hungry for this season after the controversial loss to Overseas.

  • #7   Team Everyday

    • Solid team of Overseas pros, some with NBA experience.

    • Dentmon is amazing and walker can shoot.  Be a fun team to watch.

  • #8   Southern Gentlemen

    • Will have good chemistry, fresh off the Vic Beasley Tournament. Talented group.

 

Andrew Haner

  • #1 Bluff City (Host / Memphis Alumni)

    • Host team with the usual strong roster, adding Darius Washington (UofM Alum, former DRC guard), the player that put them out last year.

    • Strong on the perimeter with shooting surrounding a pick and roll tandem of GM/PF Will Coleman and G Chris Crawford.

  • #2 Team Arkansas (Arkansas Alumni)

    • A stacked alumni team with Ronnie Brewer (500+ NBA games) headlining a deep and versatile Hogs Alum squad.

  • #3 Team Everyday

    • A team with a varied roster, including 7 year NBA vet Renaldo Balkman and the very talented Justin Dentmon, this is a very dangerous squad.

  • #4 Louisiana United

    • Back for more after two wins in Richmond last year, this squad has enough talent to compete and add to their win total.

  • #5 Broad Street Brawlers

    • One of the oldest franchises in TBT, the Brawlers sport 6 wins in the tourney and bring a mix of talent ready to add to that total.

  • #6 Gael Force (St. Mary’ Alumni):

    • A little undersized, with the exception of their towering center Omar Samhan, this squad has the pedigree and guard to push the tempo, but can they get rebounds when their big rests?

  • #7 Southern Gentlemen

    • A pretty interesting roster that was a late add to the party. Can they put a scare into a higher seed?

  • #8 Jackson, TN Underdawgs

    • History matters and the Underdawgs have been in TBT most years, even scratching out a couple of wins. A #1/#8 match with the Memphis Alumni would give the Lambuth grads 901 bragging rights.

 

 

Lexington Regional

Charge Nation

  • #1 :  Loyalty Is Love

    • Team Boogie the Team to Beat in Lexington.

    • 7 of their 10 players significant NBA experience.

    • Final 4 team if the roster stays intact and shows come game day.

  • #2   The Bluegrass Boys (Host/Kentucky Alumni)

    • Host team will be helped by a solid Bluegrass Fan base.

    • Good roster of Overseas Pros.

  • #3   Fort Wayne Champs

    • Almost left out last year won 2 games before losing to Fredette.

    • Solid NBA experienced guys and really, really good team chemistry.  

    • Some solid new additions as well, these guys are going to be tough again.

  • #4   Team KBC

    • Coach Shelvin Mack will have this team ready to compete.

    • Solid team with Overseas and Euroleague experience.

  • #5   Illinois Hoopville Warriors

    • Brings a lot of TBT experience to the table.

    • Solid Group with both Overseas and Euroleague experience.

  • #6   Peoria Allstars

    • Won a play in last year and then put a big scare in to Team Fredette.

    • Brings back a majority of the team from last season plus a couple upgrades.

  • #7   Illinois BC

    • Nice win over Iowa St. last year.

    • Majority of that team comes back for TBT2019.

  • #8   D2

    • D3 debuted last year only makes sense to have D2 represented this year.

    • Solid core of guys from top schools such as Queens and LMU.  

 

Andrew Haner

  • #1 Loyalty is Love

    • As he plays in the NBA Finals, Cousins might be thinking of the embarrassment of riches he has to direct. An absolute loaded roster, and a great story for gettng Isaiah Austin on an American court.

  • #2 Team KBC

    • Coach Shelvin Mack will have a lot of talent to play with including sharpshooter Chris Lofton.

  • #3 Bluegrass Boys (Host/Kentucky Alum)

    • Nice team that will have the main thing alumni teams have going for them, cohesion. Combine that with home court, and a run is possible.

  • #4 Illinois Hoopville Warriors

    • 5 TBT wins and a hungry and lean roster. A team no one will want to deal with.

  • #5 Fort Wayne Champs

    • A team with a lot of TBT experience, including 7 wins (tops in the region), the Champs will be a team that could actually make the regional final in a very evenly matched region.

  • #6 Peoria Allstars

    • With a lot of players from smaller D1 schools, this is a hungry and tough squad that will have a chance to win a game or two.

  • #7 Illinois BC

    • Beat the Hilton Magic, gain respect. They played Giant Killer in 2018, what is the encore?

  • #8 D2

    • Narratives matter. I’ve always wondered exactly the difference between D2 and D1 athletes. Now is the time to see it.

 

 

Columbus Regional

Charge Nation

  • #1 :  The Region

    • Top Louisiana United guys move over to The Region.  

    • Will be hungry after last years controversial loss to Overseas Elite.

    • High level Overseas guys who know how to win in the TBT.

  • #2   Red Scare (Accepted/Dayton Alumni)

    • One of the best Fan Bases, going to feel like Home Court for the Red Scare.

    • Sanford, Oliver and Pierre are experienced and can take this team deep.

  • #3   Carmen's Crew (Host/The Ohio State University Alumni)

    • Buckeye fans packed Capital University last year and will do the same again.

    • Can only go on what on paper, No Sully/Big, No Battle will hurt the OSU Alum.  

    • Still a solid team of experienced pros led by Craft gives them a shot at another good run.

  • #4   Kohl Blooded (Wisconsin Alumni)

    • Brown and Hayes lead a solid group of Badger Alumni.

    • Kohl will need to overcome some big home crowds to advance.

  • #5   Big X

    • Lee and Tate killed it Overseas this year, will be exciting to watch.

    • Balance of team is solid, good energy and will be ready to compete.

  • #6   West Virginia Wildcats

    • Brought a small but raucous crowd to Columbus last year, expect that to grow.

    • Experience from last year will have them prepared for the big match ups this year. Solid team that you can’t sleep on.

  • #7   Chicago Dynasty

    • Center piece of this team is Milton Doyle.  Amazing talent.

    • Just 7 guys on the roster, not much TBT experience.

  • #8   Mid American Unity

    • They should be in because they are from NEO and the #330 (Charge Country), just being a bit bias. Seriously NEO has great talent and  brings it everytime out.

    • MAU specifically has nice TBT experience, core has won in TBT and had narrow losses to Bradley and K State.

    • Good  mix of vets and young talent will have his team ready.

 

Andrew Haner

  • #1 Carmen’s Crew (Host/Ohio State Alumni)

    • Last year’s Quarterfinalist are back to try to win a few more games. Missing some players from the last run, there is still plenty of talent to ride their home court all the way to Chicago.

  • #2 Red Scare (Accepted/Dayton Alumni)

    • An early confirmed team, and one with depth and talent, this is a team that could challenge for a regional championship.

  • #3 Kohl Blooded (Wisconsin Alumni)

    • Nigel Hayes leads a powerful and tightly knit Wisconsin alumni squad.

  • #4 West Virginia Wildcats

    • A sort of alum team with a backcourt of Elmores that left 3s fly under D’Antoni at Marshall, this team will be in it as long as there is a three point line.

  • #5 The Region

    • A TBT regular, this is a smart and tough squad that is gunning for it’s first TBT win.

  • #6 Midwest Dream Squad

    • A team of smaller college guys under a shared banner. Will be a tough team to play.

  • #7 Mid American Unity

    • A team heavy on MAC alums, this squad will have every chance to bring respect for the mid majors to TBT 2019.

  • #8 Big X

    • A team with a lot of midwest alums, this team squeaks into the 8th seed.

 

 

Syracuse

Charge Nation

  • #1 :  Boeheim's Army (Host/Syracuse Alumni)

    • Perennial Contenders get stronger with addition of Crawford and McCollough.

    • The Orange Fans are wild and will have the Arena Rocking!!

    • Anticipating Boeheim’s to be in the Final 4.

  • #2    Armored Athlete

    • Show up every year with a talented Round of 16 team or better.

    • Great brand of gritty basketball.  Professional, classy team.

    • Armored Athlete, It’s a Lifestyle.

  • #3   Team Fancy

    • Loaded with Overseas Pros and significant TBT Experience.

    • Previous strong runs in the TBT, don’t take this team lightly.

  • #4   Team Brotherly Love

    • Large portion of this roster moved over from Talladega Knights after a solid run in TBT2018.

    • Adds NBA Big Man Jason Thompson for some much needed size.

    • Good Leadership in Coach Paris.  

  • #5   GaelNation (Iona Alumni)

    • Advanced last 2 seasons to 2nd round, lost heart breakers to Armored Athlete and Boeheim’s.   Couple baskets away from deep runs.

    • Burtt one of the most exciting and dynamic players you will see in the TBT.

  • #6   Hall In (Seton Hall Alumni)

    • Gained valuable experience in their first TBT, a win over Georgetown before losing to Final 4 Team Golden Eagles.  

    • Brings back their strong core for the 2019 run.

  • #7   Playing For Jimmy V 

    • Playing for a great cause.

    • Not much TBT experience but I expect these guys to bring the energy and will be ready to compete.

  • #8   We Are D3

    • Great story of small schools competing with the best of the best.  

    • First run last years led Sons of Westwood 44-38 at Half before tailing off.

    • Can this be the year that David tops Goliath in the TBT?

 

Andrew Haner

  • #1 Boeheim’s Army (Host/Syracuse Alumni)

    • Prohibitive favorite in region, will go as far as the shooting of Devendorf, Gillon, and Triche will take them. Does Carmelo have some free time this summer?

  • #2 Armored Athlete

    • A veteran TBT team that is always a tough out. With an Ole Miss backcourt of TBT star Terrico White and Murphy Holloway, a trip to Chicago is not out of the question.

  • #3 Team Fancy

    • While we won’t have the Morris twins coaching this year, talented players like Kenny Boynton will make Fancy a tough out.

  • #4 Hall In (Seton Hall Alumni)

    • Deep and talented, this Pirates alum team will have perimeter scoring and an undersized bull in Jeff Robinson. Dark horse to win the region.

  • #5 Playing for Jimmy V

    • Teams playing for a cause can sometimes rise above their seed and cause some noise (see 6 seed Team ALS in 2017). This team will likely be a lower seed in the region, but betting against cause teams with talent is tough.

  • #6 Gael Nation (Iona Alumni)

    • A TBT regular, this squad will try to add to their two TBT wins. Steve Burtt still gets buckets.

  • #7 Team Brotherly Love

    • Talented and flexible team with enough bounce to surprise some people. Quality size is an advantage in this format.

  • #8 We Are D3

    • Every tournament needs a Cinderella. Can they shock the world?

 

 

Wichita

Charge Nation

  • #1 :  Golden Eagles (Accepted/Marquette Alumni)

    • Final 4 from last year.

    • No McNeal and Diener on roster but offset by Buycks and Rowsey.

    • Will be a contender again this year.

  • #2   AfterShocks (Host/Wichita State Alumni)    

    • What they lack in TBT experience will be made up by their home court advantage.

    • Solid group of overseas pros with winning DNA.

  • #3   Self Made (Kansas Alumni)

    • If I’m being honest I like them over the AfterShocks but don’t see TBT committee missing a chance to set up a matchup vs my #6 Purple and Black.

    • Very experienced squad with 3 former NBA’ers.  

  • #4   Team Colorado (Colorado Alumni)

    • Just 2 years removed from losing to Overseas Elite in the Championship game.

    • They return their core, adding Xavier Silas was a big pickup, they will make a nice run.

  • #5   Iowa United

    • Mixed Alumni team pulling top talent from Iowa, Iowa St, Drake.

    • In addition to that Meg Gustafson the top women’s player in the Nation last year.

  • #6   Purple & Black (Accepted/Kansas State Alumni)

    • Deep squad of Overseas Pros.

    • Looking for redemption this year after a first round loss last year.

  • #7   The Citi Team

    • Solid squad with some very good TBT experience from the past.

  • #8   Sideline Cancer

    • Not just playing for a good cause, solid group of pros who will be a tough match up in Round 1.

 

Andrew Haner

  • #1 Golden Eagles (Accepted/Marquette Alumni)

    • Last year’s Semi-Finalist is back for more. Jamil Wilson leads a tough Eagles squad.

  • #2 Aftershocks (Host/Wichita State Alumni)

    • On their first trip to TBT, the Shocks will be looking to ride the backcourt of Cotton and Frankamp to Chicago.

  • #3 Team Colorado (Colorado Alumni)

    • After getting upset in the second round in 2018, Colorado is out to prove last year was a fluke.

  • #4 Self Made (Kansas Alumni)

    • The first Kansas alumni roster has some depth, including NBA vet Darrell Arthur, Perry Ellis, Tyshawn Taylor, and others. Not a team that anyone wants to face.

  • #5 Iowa United (Iowa / Iowa State / Drake Alumni)

    • An unorthodox alum team that is blending the best of three colleges, with a dep roster including NBA alum Marcus Fizer and current NCAA WBB player of the year Megan Gustafson. Can they check their rivalries at the door?

  • #6 Purple and Black (Accepted/Kansas State Alumni)

    • A constant in the TBT, can they pick up a few games and win the crowd over?

  • #7 Sideline Cancer

    • A team playing for a cause with 4 TBT wins, they will not likely get a protected seed, but they will be a hard fight for whichever top seed is unlucky enough to draw them.

  • #8 Talladega Knights

    • After a Super 16 appearance as a 15 seed in 2018, picking them for the 8 seed (and helping the GM’s quest to meet Will Ferrell) seems like a must.

 

 

Richmond

Charge Nation

  • #1 :  Overseas Elite (Accepted)

    • 4 Time Champions.  The obvious #1 pick for the Region.

    • Losing McCollum and Fogg not a problem for Overseas, backfill they have is solid.

  • #2    Ram Nation (Host/VCU Alumni)

    • Best Ram roster to date.

    • GM made an effort to get more defensive and that will pay big dividends.

    • This could be the year Ram Nation stops Overseas Elite. Rams 0-3 in TBT History vs. Overseas.

  • #3    Best Virginia (West Virginia Alumni)

    • Really strong team with NBA experience and Overseas Pros.  

    • They will have a couple Alumni game tuneups to prepare and will have great chemistry coming out of the gate.

  • #4   Team DRC (Accepted)

    • Buy In team looking to make a statement.

    • Solid team of overseas pro, should be a fun team to watch.

  • #5  The Web (Richmond Spiders Alumni)

    • New Alumni team in the TBT and they are going to be solid.

    • Nice experience domestically and abroad that should mesh really one.

  • #6   Seven City Royalty (Old Dominion Alumni)

    • 1st round win and a narrow loss to Overseas last year.  They will be ready for the challenges in TBT2019.

    • Brings back a majority of the team from last season.

  • #7   Hilltop Dawgs (UMBC Alumni)

    • Tough loss to ODU Alum last year.

    • Roster looks to be improved, do they have any of that upset magic for TBT2019.

  • #8   The Green Machine (George Mason Alumni)

    • Roster full of overseas pros, most of them with TBT experience.  

 

Andrew Haner

  • #1 Overseas Elite (Accepted)    

    • 25-0 and the favorites until someone beats them. It will happen one day… maybe...

  • #2 Ram Nation (Host/VCU Alumni)

    • Will control the home crowd in Richmond and play their usual high pressure / uptempo style that delights the fans and infuriates their opponents.

  • #3 Best Virginia (West Virginia Alumni)    

    • The WVU alums have some real talent including NBA vet Joe Alexander and NCAA Final Four hero Da’Sean Butler.

  • #4 Team DRC (Accepted)

    • A surprise Super 16 team last year, DRC brings back a lot of talent to try to go one more round and make Chicago.

  • #5: Green Machine (George Mason Alumni)

  • #6 The Web (Richmond Alumni)

  • #7 Seven City Royalty (ODU Alumni)

  • #8 Hilltop Dawgs (UMBC Alumni)

    • This region has some very tightly packed alumni teams, so the 5-8 line was really tough. The UMBC alum as an 8 seed with a chance at beating the undefeated champs seemed a little too nice a narrative not to schedule.

 

 

Salt Lake Regional

Charge Nation

  • #1 :  Eberlein Drive (Accepted)

    • The underdog story of TBT History looks to finish what they started last year after falling just short in the finals.

    • Randle and Sloan rock solid spearhead this highly talented, well balanced team.

  • #2    Team Challenge ALS

    • Round of 8 last year, Runner Ups in 2017, ALS still one of the elite teams.

    • One of the most experienced teams with former NBAers and high level Overseas Pros

    • Playing for a great cause… #StrikeOutALS

  • #3    Sons Of Westwood (UCLA Alumni)  

    • Full disclosure I doubted SOW last year, not going to make the same mistake twice.

    • Addition of Wear and Drew are big pickups to go with last years core.

  • #4   L.A. Cheaters (Drew League)

    • Any team with Casper Ware is going to be a contender.

    • Goes far beyond 1 guy though, and they have it with a nice mix of ex NBAers and top Overseas pros.

  • #5  CitiTeam Blazers

    • Really like the Blazers. 4 guys with NBA Experience.

    • Like the Blazers as a potential spoiler in TBT2019

  • #6   Team Fredette (Host)

    • I know I’m going to get some hate for this.  No Jimmer, No Cooley and No Davies and I feel a 6 seed is appropriate.

    • 2 years back Fredette lost opening round vs. Utah.

    • I’m sure they will burn me, one of the more well coached teams, has home court and still a boatload of talent.

  • #7   Team Utah

    • Tough call here, I think only one of Utah and Utah Stallions get in.  Both teams pseudo alum teams and local.

    • Utah in my opinion has just a little more on their roster, but razor thin decision.

  • #8   Dubois Dream

    • Upgraded Roster led by Forte.

    • Good history with the TBT.  They edge out the rest of the field for the last spot.  

 

Andrew Haner

  • #1 Eberlein Drive (Accepted)

    • All-TBT guard Jerome Randle leads a deep and powerful team looking to win one more game and win the two million dollar bag.

  • #2 Team Fredette (Host)

    • A fellow TBT semi-finalist in 2018 who lost to Eberlein Drive by only 4, a regional final matchup would be appointment television.

  • #3 Team Challenge ALS

    • These 2017 Finalists round out the protected seeds in SLC. An absolutely loaded squad that is both playing for a cause and has proved they can win. Doubt at your peril.

  • #4 Sons of Westwood (UCLA Alumni)

    • 2018 Super 16 participant brings in the Wear twins, Jordan Adams, and Shizz Alston (Temple). A one seed in some regions, they slum it as a 4 seed in this stacked region.

  • #5 CitiTeam Blazers

    • Quality team with some good UConn alums (PG Jerome Dyson and F Jeff Adrien) will be a very tough early game.

  • #6 L.A. Cheaters (Drew League)

    • 2017 TBT All Tournament G Casper Ware leads the Cheaters in a tough region.

  • #7 Utah Stallions (Utah State Alumni)

    • Slightly better alumni representation that Team Utah, gets the nod on a tough pick.

  • #8 Dubois Dream

    • A TBT regular, can they get their first win?

 

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Andrew Haner is a registered architect and principal of sun|tect: architecture who can be found watching or playing basketball in his free time.

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