Noah Fleischman, Sports Editor
The Basketball Tournament (TBT) announced today it will return to Richmond July 26-28, and the Siegel Center will host as a regional site for the second year in a row.
“The fans and the atmosphere last year at the Siegel Center were off the charts,” TBT founder and CEO John Mugar said in a statement. “We’re excited to bring TBT back to the ‘Stu’ and one of college basketball’s most passionate fan bases, and we know that visiting teams will relish playing in that environment and enjoy all that Richmond has to offer.”
TBT is a 64-team tournament that takes place over four regional sites. Teams play for about a month, all competing for the 2 million dollar grand prize awarded to the champion.
The teams are most commonly made up of college alumni from the same school.
Ram Nation, a VCU alumni team, is slated to play for its fourth straight year. Last year’s team made it to the Super 16, falling to four-time defending champions Overseas Elite. Notable players who have played for Ram Nation in the last three years include Larry Sanders, Eric Maynor and current Men’s Basketball Director of Player Development Darius Theus.
“It’s been a really fun three years putting a TBT team together and competing in this tournament,” Ram Nation GM Mat Shelton-Eide said. ” VCU fans have shown out each year and because of that we’re now hosting a regional for the second time, having just broken the attendance record this past summer at the Siegel Center. We’ve been a tough team each year we’ve been in this and we are going to do our best to field a team that will excite fans, compete and hopefully win a championship this year.”