TBT releases 2020 teams and bracket


By: TBT Staff | @thetournament

Here are the 24 teams that will compete for $1 million July 4-14

The Basketball Tournament (TBT) – the winner-take-all, $1 million, summer basketball event broadcast live on ESPN networks – today announces the bracket for this year’s tournament.

Twenty-four teams will play under quarantine at Nationwide Arena in Columbus, Ohio from July 4-14. All teams will undergo multiple levels of testing for COVID-19 before being allowed to play in this year’s TBT, which is in its seventh year. All games will feature the Elam Ending, the end-of-game format made famous during the 2020 NBA All-Star Game that eliminates the game clock after a certain point and features teams playing to a Target Score.

TBT is a single-elimination, 5-on-5 tournament, with a winner-take-all prize of $1 million. Fans also are rewarded, as all the registered supporters for the championship winning team will split $50,000.



* Top eight seeds receive a first-round bye

  1. Carmen's Crew (Ohio State)
  2. Overseas Elite
  3. Boeheim's Army (Syracuse)
  4. Golden Eagles (Marquette)
  5. Eberlein Drive
  6. Team Challenge ALS
  7. The Money Team
  8. Red Scare (Dayton)
  9. Big X
  10. Peoria All Stars
  11. Team Hines
  12. Brotherly Love
  13. Team CP3
  15. Armored Athlete
  16. House of 'Paign (Illinois)
  17. War Tampa
  18. Power of the Paw (Clemson)
  19. Men of Mackey (Purdue)
  20. PrimeTime Players
  21. Stillwater Stars (Oklahoma State)
  22. Sideline Cancer
  23. Herd That (Marshall)
  24. D2






First-Round Matchups (July 4)

  • #9 Big X vs. #24 D2, 3 pm, ESPN
  • #12  Team Brotherly Love vs. #21 Stillwater Stars (OK State), 5 pm, ESPN
  • #16 House of 'Paign (Illinois) vs. #17 War Tampa, 8 pm, ESPN
  • #13 Team CP3 vs. #20 PrimeTime Players, 10 pm, ESPN

First-Round Matchups (July 5)

  • #10 Peoria All Stars vs. #23 Herd That (Marshall), 2 pm, ESPN
  • #11 Team Hines vs. #22 Sideline Cancer, 4 pm, ESPN
  • #14 HEARTFIRE vs. #19 Men of Mackey (Purdue), 7 pm, ESPN
  • #15 Armored Athlete vs. #18 Power of the Paw (Clemson), 9 pm, ESPN

Second-Round Matchups (July 6)

  • #5 Eberlein Drive vs. Team Brotherly Love/Stillwater Stars, 7 pm, ESPN
  • #4 Golden Eagles (Marquette) vs. Team CP3/Mid-American Unity, 9 pm, ESPN

Second-Round Matchups (July 7)

  • #6 Team Challenge ALS vs. Team Hines/Sideline Cancer, 2 pm, ESPN
  • #3 Boeheim's Army (Syracuse) vs. HEARTFIRE/Men of Mackey, 4 pm, ESPN

Second-Round Matchups (July 8)

  • #8 Red Scare (Dayton) vs. Big X/Jackson TN UnderDawgs, 2 pm, ESPN
  • #1 Carmen's Crew (Ohio State) vs. House of 'Paign/War Tampa, 4 pm, ESPN

Second-Round Matchups (July 9)

  • #7 The Money Team vs. Best Virginia/Herd That, 2 pm, ESPN
  • #2 Overseas Elite vs. Armored Athlete/Power of the Paw, 4 pm, ESPN

Quarterfinals (July 10-11)

Semifinals (July 12)

$1 Million Winner-Take-All Championship Game (July 14)



  • Overseas Elite adds seven-time NBA All-Star Joe Johnson – After suffering its first loss ever in 2019 at the hands of Carmen’s Crew, four-time TBT champion Overseas Elite has reloaded its roster by adding 17-year NBA veteran Joe Johnson to the roster. Johnson joins the team’s core of former St. John’s stars Justin Burrell and D.J. Kennedy, as well as former NBA guards Bobby Brown and Pooh Jeter.

  • Aaron Craft and Travis Diener’s Last Dance? – Once this year’s TBT is over, legendary Ohio State point guard Aaron Craft will be trading in his jersey for a white coat. A member of TBT’s All-Tournament team in 2019 and a four-year member of Carmen’s Crew, Craft is retiring from professional basketball to enter medical school, potentially making this year’s TBT his last. Same goes for 38-year-old Marquette sharpshooter Travis Diener, who could be looking at retirement after one final run with the Golden Eagles.

  • Dayton Seniors Make TBT their March Madness – After missing out on this year’s NCAA Tournament due to COVID-19, two members of this year’s nationally ranked Dayton Flyers team, Ryan Mikesell and Trey Landers, will be joining Red Scare, Dayton’s alumni team. Those two will join forces with three members from Dayton’s 2014 Elite Eight roster – Devin Oliver, Dyshawn Pierre and Kyle Davis.

  • Boeheim’s Army’s Best Roster Yet – In its six-year history in TBT, the Syracuse alumni team has certainly put its best foot forward in 2020. The roster includes six players with NBA experience, including four first-round picks: Donte Greene (2008), Chris McCullough (2015), Malachi Richardson (2016) and Tyler Lydon (2017).

  • Perfecting the Elam Ending – First introduced in the basketball world during TBT’s play-in round in 2017, the “Elam Ending” – created by Ball State professor Dr. Nick Elam and used in this year’s NBA All-Star Game – is designed to eliminate deliberate fouling at the end of games. In hopes of perfecting the Elam Ending after watching Anthony Davis win the All-Star Game for Team LeBron at the free-throw line, non-shooting bonus fouls in TBT will now result in one shot plus the ball instead of two free throws. The Target Score will remain at eight points added to the leading team’s score.

  • Star-Studded Staffs – Legendary former Valparaiso head coach and College Basketball Hall of Fame inductee Homer Drew will make his TBT coaching debut with HEARTFIRE, a team partially made up of former Baylor players coached by his son, Scott Drew.  Jared Sullinger and Evan Turner will return to the bench for Carmen’s Crew after guiding the team to a TBT championship last summer. Former NBA point guard Darren Collison will also guide Team Challenge ALS.  Oklahoma City Thunder point guard Chris Paul enters Team CP3 for the second straight summer, and legendary boxer Floyd Mayweather brings The Money Team (TMT) to TBT for the first time.

  • Health & Safety – Competitors and staff in this year’s TBT will undergo a minimum of three COVID-19 tests before being cleared for competition. Any team member who tests positive for COVID-19 at any point will be removed. After teams begin practicing, a positive test not only will result in that player being removed, but also that individual’s team being removed. Players will be monitored all throughout for symptoms, including daily temperature checks.

  • Free Throws…

    • Isaiah Austin, a former Baylor center and NBA prospect whose career nearly ended because of Marfan Syndrome, will play for HEARTFIRE alongside fellow Baylor Bear and former first-round pick Quincy Miller. Both Austin and Miller teamed up on Demarcus Cousins’ Loyalty is Love in TBT 2019.

    • In case of a positive test that results in the elimination of an entire team, TBT will have two additional standby teams into quarantine. D2, a group of prominent former D-II players, and Playing for Jimmy V, a second-year participant partnered with The V Foundation. Both D2 and Playing for Jimmy V will be subject to the same protocols as the rest of the teams in the field.