Syracuse, N.Y. -- Boeheim’s Army, the top seed in the Syracuse Regional, begins its quest for $2 million by playing No. 8 We Are D3 in a July 26 opening game of The Basketball Tournament.
The game, scheduled for 7 p.m. at Onondaga Community College’s SRC Arena, will pit the team of mostly former Syracuse basketball players against a collection of former NCAA Division III talent. The winner of that game plays at noon the next day. The championship game of the Syracuse regional is scheduled for 1 p.m. on July 28.
Game times could change after opening round competition concludes. The first Boeheim’s Army game will be televised ESPN2; subsequent games in the Syracuse region that potentially involve Boeheim’s Army will be televised by ESPN.
This will be Boeheim’s Army’s fifth straight attempt to collect the winner-take-all $2 million in prize money. For the last four years, Overseas Elite has ruled TBT, winning four titles and a collective $7 million for its summer work. OE is back again this year attempting to five-peat.
Boeheim’s Army has reached TBT’s final four once in its previous four-year history, losing to Overseas Elite in 2017. The Army returns several important mainstays from past teams and this year has added forward Chris McCullough, a former NBA first-round draft pick. The 2019 squad consists of Hakim Warrick, Eric Devendorf, Brandon Triche, John Gillon, Arinze Onuaku, Darryl Watkins, McCullough and former Xavier guard Jordan Crawford.
General Manager Kevin Belbey has hinted he might add a player or two as TBT inches closer. Ryan Blackwell will coach Boeheim’s Army.
We Are D3 will face a steep challenge from the hometown Army. Brandon Federici (Franklin & Marshall) and Lucas Hausman (Bowdoin) are the team’s best players. Both are guards, neither taller than 6-4. The biggest player on D3′s roster stands 6-foot-7. Boeheim’s Army, by contrast, has four players 6-9 or taller.
If TBT has proven anything over the years, though, it’s that size doesn’t necessarily matter. Overseas Elite has fielded teams that resemble the new NBA of Golden State Warriors’ dominance: A lot of skilled shooters, playmakers and passers without overwhelming size.
Should Boeheim’s Army advance (it would be a gigantic upset if that does not happen), things get interesting. Team Fancy, a scrappy group led by former St. John’s guard D’Angelo Harrison that features former Florida guards Kenny Boynton, Kasey Hill and Erving Walker, plus former Rhode Island forward Delroy James, potentially awaits. Team Fancy has lost to Boeheim’s Army two straight years in TBT but has the kind of nimble roster that will challenge any team it faces.
On Sunday, the Army could clash with a loaded Armored Athlete team of former Florida State foes Michael Ojo and Xavier Rathan-Mayes. Former North Carolina forward J.P. Tokoto is on that team. So are LSU’s Keith Hornsby and Ole Miss gems Murphy Holloway and Terrico White.
Tickets to the Syracuse regional are available on TBT’s website.
TBT Syracuse Regional Game Schedule
Friday, July 26
No. 3 Brotherly Love vs. No. 6 Jimmy V, 1 p.m., ESPN3
No. 2 Armored Athlete vs. No. 7 Team Draddy, 3 p.m., ESPN3
No. 4 Team Fancy vs. No. 5 Gael Nation, 5 p.m., ESPN3
No. 1 Boeheim’s Army vs. No. 8 We Are D3, 7 p.m., ESPN2
Saturday, July 27
Game 3 winner vs. Game 4 winner, noon, ESPN
Game 1 winner vs. Game 2 winner, 2 p.m., ESPN3
Sunday, July 28
Game 5 winner vs Game 6 winner, 1 p.m. ESPN
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OCC's SRC Arena will host TBT games from July 26-28.