TBT 2017 Bracket

 

By: TBT Staff | @thetournament


Time to fill out your bracket

TBT has released the seeds, schedule, and brackets for 2017's tournament. Study up on these teams. You have until July 8th to use your remianing votes and to give yourself a chane to win a share of the $200,000 that will go to the fans of the winnning team.

Each region is divided into four different pods. The 32 teams that win their first-round game on either July 8 (Northeast and South) or July 15 (Midwest and West) will face off against the other winning team in their pod the following day for a trip to the Super 16 in New York, New York. 

Northeast Matchups

July 8 & 9 @ Philadelphia University (Tickets)

Round 1: Saturday July 8

Round 2: Saturday July 9

Pod 1

#1 FCM Untouchables vs. #16 OPI

Game Time: 11a ET

The size and experience of Kyle Hines, winner of EuroLeague’s Best Defender in 2016 and former NBA players Gani Lawal and Jerrelle Benimon could be too much for OPI, whose tallest player is just 6 foot 7. Untouchables point guard and EuroLeague star Mike James could be the best player outside of the NBA. OPI will be playing to honor their friend Owen Patrick Iannotti (team is named after him who passed away), so perhaps that will provide the extra motivation needed to pull off the upset.

#8 Talladega Knights vs. #9 Paul Champions (via TBT Jamboree)

Game Time: 9:15a ET

The Jamboree may have been the perfect tuneup for Wesley Paul’s Champions. 13-year NBA veteran Earl Boykins proved he can still play, averaging 24.5 points in those two games to earn the final spot in the Northeast region. Josh Boone, Gary Forbes and Stephane Lasme of the Talladega Knights combined don’t match Boykins NBA experience, but the trio will certainly be difference makers in the Knights’ second TBT go around.

Pod 2

#5 Zoo Crew (Pittsburgh Alumni) vs. #12 Sideline Cancer

Game Time: 2:30p ET

A new look Pitt alumni team, Zoo Crew's Levance Fields and Ashton Gibbs compose one of the more legendary college backcourts. The first timers can’t look past St. Joe’s guard Aaron Brown and the experienced Sideline Cancer crew though.

#4 Team FOE vs. #13 DC On Point

Game Time: 12:45p ET

A matchup of two metropolitan cities - Philadelphia vs. D.C. The Morris twins run team led by Villanova’s Maalik Wayns have their eyes set on that $2 million prize after a Super 16 run last year, but D.C. On Point is no pushover. Torin Francis, a TBT champion in 2014, gives D.C.some size inside, while former Florida State guard Isaiah Swann provides some great perimeter shooting.

Pod 3

#6 City of Gods vs. #11 GaelNation (Iona Alumni)

Game Time: 4:15p ET

A great matchup - New York vs. Baltimore, veterans vs. young guns. City of Gods not only has TBT experience but decades of pro experience. Former Washington Wizards forwards Etan Thomas and Mike Hall are some of the team’s elder statesmen. They’ll take on a team of Iona alumni featuring a handful of recent graduates, including 2015 MAAC Player of the Year David Laury and two members of the 2016 MAAC Championship team (Isaiah Williams and Aaron Rountree).

#3 Boeheim's Army (Syracuse Alumni) vs. #14 DuBois Dream

Game Time: 6p ET

One of TBT’s most popular teams, the Syracuse faithful will make sure every Boeheim’s Army game is a home game. Newcomer Scoop Jardine joins the proven core of Eric Devendorf, Donte Greene, Rick Jackson and C.J. Fair. DuBois Dream will have to play the game of their lives to take them down.

Potential round two matchup: An upset by GaelNation would create a Iona-Syracuse matchup in a battle for New York supremacy. But if City of Gods pulls out the victory, it would give Boeheim’s Army the chance to seek revenge for getting bounced in the Elite Eight in 2015.

Pod 4

#7 Team Fancy vs. #10 Rebel Riders (Rider Alumni)

Game Time: 9:30p ET

Villanova’s Allan Ray and Arizona’s Mark Lyons are leading the way for Fancy, and those two are known for getting buckets. Jason Thompson, the longest tenured Sacramento King in franchise history, and his brother Ryan will provide most of the offensive firepower for the Rider alumni team. 

#2 Supernova (Villanova Alumni) vs. #15 South Jamaica Kings

Game Time: 7:45p ET

Supernova, comprised mostly of Villanova’s Final Four team from 2009, will be making their third run at a TBT crown, but they’re better than ever. Jayvaughn Pinkston and 2016 NCAA Champion Darryl Reynolds will hold down the paint. After suffering a shoulder injury in game one last year, Scottie Reynolds is looking for revenge in TBT 2017.

Potential round 2 matchup: Allan Ray could end up running into old Nova teammate Shane Clark. Supernova coaches Mike Nardi and Curtis Sumpter, teammates of Ray’s for all four years, will make sure to put together a good game plan to shut him down.

 

South Matchups

July 8 & 9 @ Queens University (Tickets)

Round 1: Saturday July 8

Round 2: Sunday July 9

Pod 1

#1 Overseas Elite vs. #16 Chattanooga Trenches

Game Time: 12:30p ET

Despite winning $3 million over the course of the last two summers, this is the first time Overseas Elite will compete in TBT as a one-seed. Both D.J. Kennedy (19.6 ppg, 10.4 rpg) and Kyle Fogg (22.8) return to the champs after being named members of the TBT 2016 All-Tournament Team last summer. In addition to the rest of the returning nucleus, the team has added Justin Burrell (formerly of Team Barstool, SLAM and Few Good Men), longtime overseas professional Oliver Lafayette and seven-year NBA vet DeJuan Blair. The Chattanooga Trenches will rely on their chemistry to try and pull off the biggest upset in TBT history.

#8 Matadors (Texas Tech Alumni) vs. #9 Washington Generals

Game Time: 2:15p ET

The Matadors have put together an interesting hybrid squad which includes former Texas Tech greats Jeffrey Crockett, Toddrick Gotcher, John Roberson and Ronald Ross as well as several other longtime overseas professionals . The Generals will look to prove that they are not the loveable losers that everybody thinks they are.  Although they have lost well over 17,000 games to the Globetrotters, they are 0-0 in TBT 2017. If they can pull off the victory, the Generals plan to celebrate with champagne on ice. 

Pod 2

#5 Tampa Bulls (USF Alumni) vs. #12 Seven City Grain

Game Time: 10:45a ET

The Tampa Bulls are looking like a solid darkhorse pick to dethrone Overseas Elite in the South. Dominique Jones, who was a member of the 2011 NBA Champion Dallas Mavericks, leads a strong group of Bulls alumni. Seven City Grain features a talented group of players from Southeast Virginia. They'll be looking to avenge a first-round loss in TBT 2016. 

#4 Kentucky Kings vs. #13 The Citi Team (via TBT Jamboree)

Game Time: 9a ET

Between Erving Walker (Florida), Scotty Hopson (Tennessee) and 2012 NBA Slam Dunk Contest Champion Jeremy Evans (Western Kentucky), the Kentucky Kings have no shortage of guys who can score the basketball. The Citi Team is coming off of two impressive wins in the TBT Jamboree, including a thrilling upset over the Josh Selby-led Brothers Dat Ball. Tevin Glass shined for The Citi Team in the Jamboree, averaging 27.5 ppg and 11.5 rpg. 

Pod 3

#6 Brothers Dat Ball (Team BDB) vs. #11 Golden Boot Dynasty

Game Time: 4p ET

After falling to The Citi Team in the Jamboree, Josh Selby and company get a second shot at TBT glory due to the withdrawl of Memorial Magic. Alongside Selby will be longtime friends Kenny Boynton (Florida), Travis Hyman (Bowie State) and Daishon Knight (Illinois State), among a host of other overseas professionals. Team BDB has had a tough time advancing out of Regional play the past couple of years, but a stacked roster and a second chance could be all they need to make a deep run in TBT 2017. University of Tennessee product Devon Baulkman and Baylor grad A.J. Walton will lead Golden Boot Dynasty. 

#3 Ole Hotty Toddy (Ole Miss Alumni) vs. #14 NC Prodigal Sons

Game Time: 5:45p ET

Four-year TBT participant Marshall Henderson brings arguably his most talented squad yet to the South region this summer. Between Dwayne Curtis, Murphy Holloway, Aaron Jones and Christopher Warren among others, Ole Hotty Toddy features some of the best players to ever lace them up at Ole Miss. Don't sleep on the NC Prodigal Sons, though. Although they ended up losing the game, the Prodigal Sons led Ram Nation by 20 points at one point during their first-round game in Charlotte in TBT 2016.

Pod 4

#7 Blue Zoo (Middle Tennessee Alumni) vs. #10 PrimeTime Players

Game Time: 9:15p ET

Middle Tennessee State has appeared in three of the last five NCAA Tournaments in large part due to the contributions of those on this Blue Zoo squad. Stephen Hurt (Kansas State) and Adonis Thomas (Memphis) join the core of MTSU alumni. The PrimeTime Players will rely on many of the same players that helped them advance to the Super-17 in TBT 2015. Although they went one-and-done last summer, GM Chris Thomas always has this squad geared up to play an intense 36 minutes of basketball. 

#2 Ram Nation (VCU Alumni) vs. #15 Showtime

Game Time: 7:30p ET

After adding five-year NBA veteran Eric Maynor to an already stacked roster, many are looking at Ram Nation as one of the favorites to win it all in TBT 2017. In addition to eight other former VCU heroes, Denzel Bowles (James Madison), Romeo Travis (Akron), Reggie Williams (VMI) and Dion Wright (St. Bonaventure) will all be big contributors for this team. With that being said, nobody has a desire to win more than the Presley brothers. After playing Overseas Elite tough in the first-round last summer, Showtime will finally look to get over the hump in what would be a milestone victory for the town of Council, Virginia.

 

Midwest Matchups

July 15 & 16 @ Bradley University (Tickets)

Round 1: Saturday July 15

Round 2: Sunday July 16

Pod 1

#1 Golden Eagles (Marquette Alumni) vs. #16 Midwest Dream Squad

Game Time: 7:30p CT

Many are saying that the Golden Eagles have the most pure talent of anybody in the TBT 2017 field. Dwight Buycks returns to the team after averaging 24.5 points per game en route to TBT 2016 All-Tournament Team honors last summer. Fellow guards Maurice Acker, Joe Chapman, Darius Johnson-Odom, Trent Lockett and Jerel McNeal give the Wesley Matthews-coached team arguably the best backcourt in TBT history. They'll go up against a Midwest Dream Squad team hungry to get back to their winning ways after making the Super-17 in 2015 but falling to Armored Athlete in the first-round last summer. 

#8 Majerus SLU Crew (Saint Louis Alumni) vs. #9 HBC

Game Time: 9:15p CT

Playing in honor of late coach Rick Majerus, the SLU Crew returns to TBT after a brief hiatus last summer. Backcourt duo Jordair Jett and Mike McCall Jr. are going to cause major problems for their opponents in the Midwest region. Pair them with dynamic big men Dwayne Evans, Ferrakohn Hall (Memphis) and Renaldo Major (Fresno State), and I don't think anybody would be surprised to see them make a deep run in TBT 2017. Although they are still looking to advance out of regional play for the first time in three attempts this summer, HBC is always as tough an out as they come. Looking at the Hurley brothers' roster, that same mantra looks like it will ring true once again.  

Pod 2

#5 Hilton Magic Legends (iowa State Alumni) vs. #12 Illinois Hoopville Warriors

Game Time: 10:45a CT

Much like his college days, 5-foot-11 point guard Korie Lucious makes the jump from Michigan State to Iowa State this summer. After suiting up with the Spartan Heroes last summer, Lucious joins a stacked Hilton Magic Legends team that features seven former Cyclones. Be sure to watch out for Curtis Stinson, one of the most decorated players in D-League (now known as G-League) history. Although he has spent the past couple of seasons in Venezuela, Stinson is a two-time NBA D-League First Team selection, two-time NBA D-League All-Star, 2011 D-League MVP and 2011 D-League champion. He also has his No. 10 retired by the Iowa Energy. The Illinois Hoopville Warriors are one of four teams (Sideline Cancer, Air Force Bomb Squad and Showtime) to compete in all four tournaments. They hope to ride their unmatched chemistry to a first-round upset and eventually a TBT title.

#4 Purple and Black (Kansas State Alumni) vs. #13 Canton Bulldogs

Game Time: 9a CT

After playing a bit short-handed last summer, Purple and Black is reloaded for TBT 2017. Guards Stefhon Hannah, Martavious Irving and Jacob Pullen give this squad unlimited potential in the backcourt. They'll be sure to open up the court for big men Thomas Gipson III, Jordan Henriquez, Curtis Kelly and Jamar Samuels to thrive down in the paint. The Canton Bulldogs return to TBT after upsetting No. 2 Ants Alumni (now known as Fort Wayne Champs) in the first-round last summer. When point guard Jesse Hardin Jr. (Walsh University) is firing on all cylinders, he is quite possibly the most lethal shooter in TBT. 

Pod 3

#6 Fort Wayne Champs vs.  #11 Peoria All Stars (via TBT Jamboree)

Game Time: 5:45p CT

It's been an up-and-down past two years for the Fort Wayne Champs. After making it to the semifinals in 2015, the group of present and former Fort Wayne Mad Ants fell to the Canton Bulldogs in the first-round last summer. Led by veterans William Frisby (Miami), Anthony Harris (Miami), Ron Howard (Valparaiso), Trey McKinney Jones (Miami) and Sadiel Rojas (Oklahoma Wesleyan), the team will look to return to their winning ways in TBT 2017. The Peoria All Stars will certainly have the home crowd advantage playing at Bradley University. And if they get the same production from guys like Lawrence Alexander Jr. (19 ppg) that they got in the Jamboree, this could be an upset in the making.

#3 Always A Brave (Bradley Alumni) vs. #14 Mid American Unity

Game Time: 4p CT

After making the semifinals in TBT 2016, the Midwest Regional will be played at the Renaissance Coliseum on the campus of Bradley University. And while Braves fans will be happy just to see some former legends compete at their old stomping grounds, the team has the talent to take it two wins further this summer. Whether it be TBT 2016 All-Tournament Team member Marcellus Sommerville, four-year NBA vet Patrick O'Bryant, University of California all-time leading scorer Jerome Randle or pesky point guard Daniel Ruffin, Always A Brave has all the right pieces in place to make a deep run. But don't count out Mid American Unity. Guys like Justin Manns (Kent State) and Jehvon Clarke (Bowling Green) are determined to show the world what they're made of.

Pod 4

#7 Banner Boys (UW-Milwaukee Alumni) vs. #10 Jackson TN Underdawgs

Game Time: 12:30p CT

This has the potential to be the best first-round matchup across all regions in TBT 2017. On one side you have a group of UW-Milwaukee alumni who know what it's like to be passed up on by the bigger name schools. On the other hand you have a team that literally has the word Underdog (or Underdawgs in this case) in their name. After shocking the world with an upset over No. 1 Bluegrass Boys last summer, Jackson TN also enters this summer as arguably the most improved team with the additions of Kendall Anthony (Richmond), Tarius Johnson (Eastern Kentucky), Willie Kemp (Memphis) and Jarvis Varnado (Mississippi State). 

#2 Scarlet & Gray (Ohio State Alumni) vs. #15 The Region

Game Time: 2:15p CT

If Greg Oden ends up playing with Scarlet & Gray, they are arguably the outright favorite to steal the crown from Overseas Elite. And even if he doesn't the team still has an impressive cast of Ohio State greats including Aaron Craft, Jon Diebler, Dallas Lauderdale, David Lighty and Evan Ravenel. The Region takes their second crack at TBT this summer. If they can set the tempo early, I wouldn't count out Corey Moore and company.

 

West Matchups

July 15 & 16 @ Desert Oasis High School (Tickets)

Round 1: Saturday July 15

Round 2: Sunday July 16

Pod 1

#1 Team Colorado (Colorado Alumni) vs. #16 Kimchi Express

Game Time: 2:15p PT

Team Colorado, last year’s runner-up to Overseas Elite, still looks like the team most likely to overthrow them. They reloaded with former NBA forward Chris Copeland and recent Colorado graduate Joshua Scott to join TBT All-First team guard Marcus Hall. Kimchi Express may just need a miracle to knock them off.

#8 Trained To Go vs. #9 Broad Street Brawlers (via TBT Jamboree)

Game Time: 12:30p PT

After making it all the way to the Elite Eight last year, Trained To Go has decided to make from the West to the South to sample some new competition. Former NBA swingmen Jamario Moon and Damien Wilkins will be the driving force behind their success. But the Brawlers have a few Jamboree games under their belt, and the Philly based team will be adding three former Dayton players and Butler’s Kellen Dunham.

Pod 2

#5 Team 23 vs. #12 Pedro's Posse

Game Time: 9a PT

After making it to the championship game in 2015, Team 23 will continue to look to Davin White to lead them to the promise land. Pedro’s Posse won’t have Jason Williams or Mike Bibby, but they do have former Cincinnati big man Yancy Gates. Expect him and Team 23’s Zach Andrews to go at it.

#4 Armored Athlete vs. #13 The Pearl 31's

Game Time: 10:45a PT

Armored Athlete made it to the Elite Eight out of the Midwest region last year, but decided to make the move out to Las Vegas. The core of former Indiana players (Will Sheehy, Christian Watford, Jordan Hulls) is still intact, but Xavier’s Tu Holloway and Miami’s Julian Gamble are valuable additions. The Pearl 31s, created by GM Dwayne Washington, Jr. to honor his father, the late, great Pearl Washington, will rely on former Lakers guard Kareem Rush and Syracuse big man Terrence Roberts to pull the upset.

Pod 3

#6 Team Challenge ALS vs. #11 The Wastach Front (Weber State Alumni)

Game Time: 7:30p PT

Former Boston College forward Sean Marshall is hoping to raise awareness and money for his roommate, former BC pitcher Pete Frates. Sacramento Kings guard Darren Collison will coach this team. Collison will be matched up with fellow NBA point guard Damian Lillard, who will be coaching his former Weber State teammates. Scott Bamforth, one of Europe’s best guards, will be the Wasatch Front’s primary source of offense.

#3 The Stickmen vs. #14 Air Force Bomb Squad (Air Force Alumni)

Game Time: 9:15 PT

Michael Rappaport’s Stickmen team boasts a ridiculous 8 players with NBA experience. UNLV’s Lou Amundson returns to his former home to man the paint. Oklahoma State’s Markel Brown will provide some high flying acrobatics, and former first-round pick Joe Alexander will be one of the team’s many scoring threats. The Bomb Squad, comprised of active duty Air Force members, will have to rely on the principles of the Princeton offense to get them to the second round.

Pod 4

#7 Team Utah vs. #10 Team Fredette

Game Time: 4p PT

The battle for the Beehive State. Team Utah, comprised mostly of former Utes, flew under the radar last year en route to an Elite Eight run. But Jimmer Fredette’s squad led by former BYU teammates Brandon Davies and Charles Abouo will make things difficult for their opponent.

#2 Few Good Men (Gonzaga Alumni) vs. #15 Mostly Sports Delco

Game Time: 5:45p PT

Dan Dickau has moved from playing to the bench, but the Gonzaga alumni team has reloaded with Steven Gray. Former NBA guard Jannero Pargo will play with his brother and former Zag Jeremy for the first time since they were kids. Mostly Sports, named after their popular podcast, will have their hands full.

Potential second round matchup: Few Good Men will look forward to another shot at Team Utah after being upset by them in the Sweet 16 last year.