What you need to know about TBT 2018


By: Josh Brown | @josh_brown31

Welcome to #TBT2018

Now that you know where TBT 2018 is going to be played, it is time to start looking ahead to the application period and ultimately the action on the court. With that in mind, here are some important dates, rules and formatting changes from last year for both participants and fans to familiarize themselves with. Be sure to keep an eye out for more information here and on our Twitter page in the coming weeks. If you have any questions, please send us an email at info@thetournament.com.

- The team application period will begin on April 2, 2018 and close on June 1, 2018.

- This year 72 teams will compete in TBT (18 in each region). Nine teams in each region will receive popularity bids, four will receive at-large bids, four slots are available for purchase ($5,000) in each region on a first-come, first-serve basis and last year's Regional Champions will receive an automatic bid.

- The four lowest seeded teams in each region will square off Friday night July 13 (West & South) and Friday night July 20 (Northeast & Midwest) in their respective regions. The winner of the 16 vs 17 game will move on to play the #1 seed, whereas the winner of the 15 vs 18 game will play the #2 seed on Saturday.

- Instead of playing two 18-minute halves, we will play four 9-minute quarters. Each team gets four timeouts per game, each player gets six fouls, the ball advances to half court on a dead ball timeout with less than one minute to play in the game and international rules on basket interference (except on foul shots) will be applied. 

- If a game heads to overtime, it will be "first team to seven points wins." 

- Teams can have a max of 15 players. The first nine on your roster are free if added before 12 p.m. (ET) on June 1, 2017. Teams can have an unlimited amount of Coaches and Boosters. If a team wants to add additional players OR if it is after June 1, 12 p.m. (ET), you must pay $1,000 per player up until the tournament starts. If you want to add a player heading into the Super 16, the cost is $2,000 per player and it will cost $3,000 per player heading into the Semifinals.

- This year fans will support one team. The top 201 fans of the winning team will split 10% of the $2 million prize. The top fan will receive $40,000, fans ranked 2-11 will receive $5,000 each, fans ranked 12-41 will receive $1,000 each and fans ranked 42-201 will receive $500 each.

- Here is how to accumulate points:

  • Each fan will receive fifteen (15) points for registering as a fan.
  • Each fan will receive ten (10) points for each recruit that successfully registers on the website using a link provided by the recruiter or logs in to an account created in a previous year by following the recruiter's specific hyperlink.
  • Each fan will receive fifteen (15) points for selecting a team to support before 12 p.m. (ET) on June 1, 2018.
  • Each fan will receive fifteen (15) points for following TBT's Twitter page (@thetournament) before 12 p.m. (ET) on August 2, 2018.
  • Each fan will receive fifteen (15) points for posting to his or her personal Twitter account an image and a specified "Hashtag," both of which TBT will provide via our Twitter account, before 12 p.m. (ET) on August 2, 2018.
  • Each fan will receive fifty (50) points for each game the team he or she has selected to support wins in the Tournament.

- Fans will be able to switch teams WITHOUT PENALTY at any time from April 2, 2018 12 p.m. ET until 12 p.m. ET on June 29, 2018. After June 29, 2018, fans will be permitted to switch teams; howver, a fan who switches teams will lose one half (50%) of his or her points each time a new team is chosen. Fans will not be permitted to switch teams during games nor can they switch teams after 12 p.m. (ET) on August 1, 2018.