The Basketball Tournament 2021: TV Schedule, Live Stream, Rosters for July 16-21

Joe Tansey@JTansey90Featured ColumnistJuly 15, 2021

LOS ANGELES, CA - JULY 14:  Justin Edwards #14 of the Broad St. Brawlers defends a shot by Liam McMorrow #50 of Eberlein Drive in The Basketball Tournament Western Regional game at Eagle's Nest Arena on July 14, 2018 in Los Angeles, California.  (Photo by Jayne Kamin-Oncea/Getty Images)
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One of the highest-stakes events of the summer sports calendar kicks off Friday.

The Basketball Tournament, which awards a $1 million prize to the winning team, opens play with two of four regional events this weekend.

Charles Koch Arena in Wichita, Kansas, and the Charleston Coliseum in Charleston, West Virginia, are the sites for the first weekend of action in the 64-team event.

Some of the 64 squads are made up of alumni from specific colleges, like AfterShocks, a team of Wichita State alumni that will play Friday.

The reigning champion Golden Eagles does not play until July 25, so some of the potential contenders will have a chance to impress on opening weekend.

All of the rosters and the full TV schedule for The Basketball Tournament can be found here on the competition's official website.


Weekend Preview

Eberlein Drive and Sideline Cancer are the top seeds in action in Wichita and Charleston, respectively.

Both No. 1 seeds have advanced to the championship game during the competition's seven-year history. Eberlein Drive lost to Overseas Elite in 2018 and Sideline Cancer fell to Golden Eagles last year.

Former Kentucky players Archie Goodwin and Marquis Teague headline the Eberlein Drive roster. That team faces an intriguing No. 1-No. 16 matchup against NG Saints, a collection of alumni from Philadelphia high school powerhouse Neumann-Goretti.

Former Syracuse star Scoop Jardine and former Miami (FL) standout Ja'Quan Newton could give the perennial favorite some challenges in Wichita.

The Wichita regional is loaded with potential title challengers, including No. 3 seed Challenge ALS, who has contested games in the latter rounds in previous years.

AfterShocks will hold the home-court advantage, as the pro-Wichita State crowd will be behind them. Conner Frankamp and Markis McDuffie are among the recent Shockers to be included on the roster.

Alumni teams from Kansas State (Purple & Black), TCU (Fort Worth Funk) and Omaha Blue Crew (Creighton) are in the Wichita region.

If Omaha Blue Crew wins its first-round matchup, there could be a raucous environment inside Koch Arena for Sunday's second-round game since Creighton and Wichita State used to be rivals in the Missouri Valley Conference.

Most of the local intrigue in the Charleston region comes from the bottom half of the bracket. No. 2 seed Best Virginia (West Virginia alumni) and No. 3 seed Herd That (Marshall alumni) could be on a collision course for a third-round showdown.

Nathan Adrian, Sagaba Konate and Tarik Phillip are among the recent West Virginia products who will be playing for the squad laden with former Mountaineers.

Herd That's Jon and Ot Elmore are two of the best three-point shooters in the field, and they are capable of powering their squad into the quarterfinals in Dayton, Ohio, on July 31. The Elmore brothers were on the Marshall squad that upset Wichita State in the first round of the NCAA men's basketball tournament in 2018.

Herd That reached the final eight in last year's TBT, which was held inside a bubble in Columbus, Ohio. Herd That was the lowest seed to reach that stage.

Sideline Cancer is the No. 1 seed in the Charleston bracket, but it would not have to face one of the West Virginia-based squads until the last eight.

TBT utilizes The Elam Ending to decide a victor. When the fourth quarter reaches the four-minute mark, a target score is set for both teams. The target score is eight points more than what the winning team has at the time of the stoppage.