A look back at the biggest upsets of TBT 2019

 

By: Josh Brown | @josh_brown31


These five teams busted a lot of brackets this summer

From UnderDawgs to D2 legends, for the sixth straight year we learned that seeds mean absolutely nothing in TBT. Let's take a look back at some of the biggest upsets of the summer! 

​No. 8 Jackson TN UnderDawgs over No. 1 Gael Force in Memphis

Is it just us, or is anyone else catching a case of deja vu? For the second time in four years the Jackson TN UnderDawgs, a team of truck drivers and insurance agents ranked last in their region, sent a top-seeded alumni team home in convincing fashion. Even better? Aside from the addition of TBT All-Tournament Team member Jaylen Barford, the roster was almost identical to the 2014 squad that beat the Bluegrass Boys (Kentucky alumni) in Chicago. It was Tairus Johnson that led the way for the UnderDawgs over the St. Mary's alumni in this one, scoring 18 points in 26 minutes of work. Barford finished with 13 points and 9 rebounds to kick off one of the most impressive individual runs (24 ppg, 5.3 rpg, 5.3 apg) in TBT history. The UnderDawgs shocked the world and won the Memphis Regional before eventually falling to the Golden Eagles in the Super 16.

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No. 7 Team DRC over No. 2 Ram Nation in Richmond

Whether it's in college basketball or TBT, very few visiting teams know what it's like to win in the Siegel Center. Despite coming to TBT 2019 with a loaded roster, that's why it was so surprising when the Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie led Team DRC beat Ram Nation handily in the opening round of the Richmond Regional. With the win, Team DRC joined 4x TBT champions Overseas Elite as the only teams to ever beat Ram Nation. Former UCF great Keith Clanton led the way for the Orlando-based squad, pouring in 19 points and grabbing 6 rebounds. Northeastern alum Quincy Ford added 18 points and 9 rebounds of his own. Team DRC followed it up with a win over The Web before falling to Overseas Elite in the Richmond Regional Championship Game. 

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No. 7 D2 over No. 2 Bluegrass Boys in Lexington

Unfortunately for the Bluegrass Boys, they found themselves in an all-too-familiar position against D2 in the opening round of the Lexington Regional. After becoming the first one-seed to lose to a 16-seed in TBT history in 2016, the Kentucky alumni made their long-awaited return to the court last summer, this time in their hometown of Lexington. The results were eerily similar. D2, a group of mostly Queens University alumni, controlled play from start to finish, cruising to a 77-62 win. The team was led by the three-headed monster of Shaun Willett (19 points, 8 rebounds), Mike Davis (17 points), and Stephaun Branch (16 points, 12 rebounds). Despite losing an 83-81 nailbiter to the Fort Wayne Champs the following day, D2 proved that they're going to be a TBT contender for years to come.

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No. 7 Mid-American Unity over No. 2 Kohl Blooded in Columbus

Mid-American Unity was a bit of a wild card heading into the Columbus Regional. While they certainly had a talented roster, when you go up against a team of Wisconsin alumni, it's hard to envision having much success. That's exactly what they did. Led by Dru Joyce (20 points) and Romeo Travis (11 points, 5 rebounds), former teammates of LeBron James at St. Vincent-St. Mary, the group of Mid-American Conference legends soared to an 80-71 win over Kohl Blooded. They faced Red Scare (Dayton alumni) the next day in what ended up being one of memorable games of the tournament. Although they fell on a Devin Oliver walk-off dunk, expect to see this team competing at a high-level for years to come.

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No. 6 Sideline Cancer over No. 3 Self Made in Wichita

Heading into the Wichita Regional, nearly every expert was certain that Self Made (Kansas alumni) would be competing for a spot in Championship Week. The issue? They ran into a revamped Sideline Cancer team playing for something much bigger than $2 million. Behind masterful performances from Maurice Creek (23 points), Raymond Cowels III (17 points), and former NCAA scoring leader Marcus Keene (16 points), Sideline Cancer picked up its biggest win in six years with a 87-63 drumming of Self Made on national television. They followed it up with a win over the AfterShocks in front of 7,000+ fans on their home floor before falling to the Golden Eagles in the Wichita Regional Championship Game. Most importantly, Billy Clapper and company continued to inspire basketball fans around the country by raising funds and awareness for the fight against pancreatic cancer.

during the TBT tournament at Koch Arena in Wichita, Kansas