TBT In the News 5.8.17


By: Jake Pavorsky | @JakePavorsky

Whether you open up your laptop or turn on the TV, you'll be sure to see plenty of #TBT2017 coverage

Over the past week, the national media has been abuzz about Greg Oden and the Scarlet and Gray team set to play in The Basketball Tournament. Since Cleveland.com revealed the group of Ohio State alumni set to join Oden, the No. 1 pick in the 2007 NBA Draft, the news has been picked up by outlets like Bleacher Report, SB Nation and USA Today.

On a local level, Ohio State fans are chomping at the bit to see Oden and other members of the 2006 team that made it to the NCAA Championship game.

"At a time when fan confidence in the program is as low as it's been in a decade, fans will have the chance to fire up their computer, turn on their TV, and see players they liked remind them why they enjoyed Ohio State basketball to begin with," Matt Brown wrote for Ohio State blog Land-Grant Holy Land.

Buckeye fans aren't the only ones who can't wait to see Scarlet and Gray potentially take the floor. Ohio State alum and five-year NBA veteran Jared Sullinger has been sharing news about the team up and down his Twitter feed.

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Sullinger's currently a free agent. Could he be the next addition to the roster? 

In the Northeast region, Boeheim's Army officially announced the relaunch of their team early last week. With C.J. Fair, Eric Devendorf, Rick Jackson and Brandon Triche returning, as well as newcomer Scoop Jardine, GM Kevin Belbey is putting together another solid roster.

"We've got a pretty good five," Belbey told Syracuse.com's Donna Ditota. "We're still adding pieces and talking to a bunch of different guys right now to see what their schedules are like this summer."

Down South, the Marshall Henderson-led Ole Hotty Toddy team continues to generate interest. Henderson has put together a stacked roster of players from multiple eras of Ole Miss basketball. 

"[This tournament] is more than just playing basketball," Ole Hotty Toddy forward Murphy Holloway told The Daily Mississippian. "I've never played with Dwayne Curtis. I've never had the opportunity to hang with some of those guys, but I look forward to getting that chance with Rebel Nation behind us. We won't let you down."

One team on the rise in the West is the Glory Road Boys. Earvin Morris and Omar Duran spoke to Luke Lyddon of ABC-7 in El Paso about their plans to represent UTEP basketball and bring home the $2 million. 

On the social media front, some are calling in the big guns to help promote their team with the voting deadline in sight. 

2016 WNBA Rookie of The Year Breanna Stewart tweeted out her support for the Villanova alumni team, SuperNOVA.

St. Louis University and the University of Colorado have also hit social media hard to help their respective alumni teams get some additional votes.