When The Basketball Tournament got underway last Friday, there were 64 teams hoping to emerge as the winner of the $1 million prize. That number has since dwindled, and it will be trimmed even further over the next week.
The tournament, which features plenty of players who are familiar to men's college basketball fans, is divided into four regionals, each composed of 16 teams. Two teams from each regional advance to championship week, taking place from July 31-Aug. 3 in Dayton, Ohio.
Last weekend, the Wichita Regional and West Virginia Regional took place, with No. 2 AfterShocks and No. 5 Florida TNT advancing from Wichita and No. 1 Sideline Cancer and No. 6 Team 23 moving on from West Virginia.
This weekend, the Columbus Regional and Illinois Regional will take place. And four more teams will move on to championship week, taking one step closer to the grand prize.
Full rosters for the participating teams can be found at TheTournament.com.
Here's the upcoming schedule for the two regionals that begin play later this week.
Friday, July 23
Game 1: No. 5 The Money Team vs. No. 12 The Region, 2 p.m. ET, ESPN3
Game 2: No. 4 Team Hines vs. No. 13 Brown & White, 4 p.m. ET, ESPN3
Game 3: No. 8 Men of Mackey vs. No. 9 Ballinteers, 7 p.m. ET, ESPN
Game 4: No. 1 Carmen's Crew vs. No. 16 Mid American Unity, 9 p.m. ET, ESPN
Saturday, July 24
Game 5: No. 7 Wolf Blood vs. No. 10 Category 5, 1 p.m. ET, ESPN3
Game 6: No. 2 Red Scare vs. No. 15 BC Vahakni City, 3 p.m. ET, ESPN3
Game 7: No. 6 Blue Collar U vs. No. 11 The Nerd Team, 6 p.m. ET, ESPN2
Game 8: No. 3 Zip 'Em Up vs. No. 14 Ohio 1804, 8 p.m. ET, ESPN2
Sunday, July 25
Game 9: Winner of Game 5 vs. Winner of Game 6, 2 p.m. ET, ESPN
Game 10: Winner of Game 3 vs. Winner of Game 4, 4 p.m. ET, ESPN
Game 11: Winner of Game 1 vs. Winner of Game 2, 7 p.m. ET, ESPN3
Game 12: Winner of Game 7 vs. Winner of Game 8, 9 p.m. ET, ESPN3
Tuesday, July 27
Game 13: Winner of Game 9 vs. Winner of Game 12, 7 p.m. ET, ESPN
Game 14: Winner of Game 10 vs. Winner of Game 11, 9 p.m. ET, ESPN
Saturday, July 24
Game 1: No. 3 Boeheim's Army vs. No. 14 Forces of Seoul, noon ET, ESPN
Game 2: No. 2 House of 'Paign vs. No. 15 Jackson UnderDawgs, 2 p.m. ET, ESPN
Game 3: No. 6 The Overlooked vs. No. 11 Team Heartfire, 5 p.m. ET, ESPN3
Game 4: No. 7 Always A Brave vs. No. 10 Hoopville Warriors, 7 p.m. ET, ESPN3
Sunday, July 25
Game 5: No. 5 Autism Army vs. No. 12 SCD Hoops, 1 p.m. ET, ESPN3
Game 6: No. 4 Always Us vs. No. 13 Peoria All-Stars, 3 p.m. ET, ESPN3
Game 7: No. 1 Golden Eagles vs. No. 16 B1 Ballers, 6 p.m. ET, ESPN3
Game 8: No. 8 Brotherly Love vs. No. 9 Playing for Jimmy V, 8 p.m. ET, ESPN3
Monday, July 26
Game 9: Winner of Game 5 vs. Winner of Game 6, 2 p.m. ET, ESPN3
Game 10: Winner of Game 7 vs. Winner of Game 8, 4 p.m. ET, ESPN3
Game 11: Winner of Game 1 vs. Winner of Game 3, 7 p.m. ET, ESPN2
Game 12: Winner of Game 2 vs. Winner of Game 4, 9 p.m. ET, ESPN2
Wednesday, July 28
Game 13: Winner of Game 9 vs. Winner of Game 10, 7 p.m. ET, ESPN2
Game 14: Winner of Game 11 vs. Winner of Game 12, 9 p.m. ET, ESPN2
The Golden Eagles are a team composed mostly of former Marquette players. And they've had plenty of past success in The Basketball Tournament, hence why they're the No. 1 seed in the Illinois Regional in this year's bracket.
In 2019, they reached the championship game before falling to Carmen's Crew, a team featuring mostly Ohio State alumni. But they bounced back in 2020 and won the tournament championship for the first time, defeating Sideline Cancer in the final game.
This year, the Golden Eagles begin play against No. 16 B1 Ballers. And there's a good chance they could be poised for another deep run at the tournament, potentially even winning back-to-back titles.
Travis Diener hit the game-winning three-pointer in last year's championship game, and he is back on the Golden Eagles' roster again this year. The former Marquette shooting guard, who had a brief NBA career and is now 39, created one of the best moments of The Basketball Tournament in 2020.
"I get a lot of credit for that, but it was a great feeling for everybody and it's one of those moments in my lifetime that I'll never forget," he said, per Brandon Cruz of FOX6 News Milwaukee.
Now, Diener is ready to look ahead to the 2021 edition of The Basketball Tournament, as the Golden Eagles, led by head coach Joe Chapman, look for more success and another $1 million.
"You've got a target on your back," Diener said, per Cruz. "You're the defending champs."
The Golden Eagles' biggest competition out of the Illinois Regional is likely No. 2 House of 'Paign (Illinois alumni) and No. 3 Boeheim's Army (Syracuse alumni). Overseas Elite, which won this tournament four straight times from 2015-18, has dissolved, and several of its players are now on Boeheim's Army.
Former St. John's standout D.J. Kennedy, who has twice been the MVP of The Basketball Tournament, is now on Boeheim's Army after previously playing for Overseas Elite. Former Iowa State standout DeAndre Kane followed Kennedy in teaming up with the Syracuse alum.
Carmen's Crew, the 2019 champions, are the No. 1 seed in the Columbus Regional. They lost in the first round last year, but head coach Jared Sullinger, a former Buckeyes standout, is confident in the team heading into this year's tournament.
"I think we're more dynamic," Sullinger said, per Joe Dandron of the Columbus Dispatch. "We added some great pieces to the pieces we already had, and we're looking forward to going out and competing on Friday."
The other probable top teams in the Columbus Regional include No. 2 Red Scare (Dayton alumni) and No. 3 Zip 'Em Up (Xavier alumni).