Bucketneers begin quest for TBT title on Friday 

Published 1:57 pm Thursday, July 20, 2023

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ETSU alumni team takes on the Fort Wayne Champs in TBT opener

 CINCINNATI, Ohio (July 20, 2023) – The Bucketneers’ quest for a championship in The Basketball Tournament (TBT) begins on Friday.

The Bucketneers begin play in the $1 million, winner-take-all summer basketball tournament when they take on the Fort Wayne Champs at 3 p.m. inside the Cintas Center in Cincinnati, Ohio. The winner of that game will face the winner of Program for Autism and Team DRC in the second round on Saturday, July 22 at 6 p.m.

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Friday’s game will be broadcast live on ESPN+, while live stats will be available via TheTournament.com.   

The Xavier Regional championship game is Monday, July 24 at 7 p.m.

The winner of the Xavier Regional will head to UD Arena in Dayton, Ohio for the quarterfinals on Sunday, July 30. The semifinals and championship game will be Aug. 2-3 in Philadelphia at the Daskalakis Athletic Center.

ETSU alums playing this year for the Bucketneers include Bo Hodges, Isaac Banks, Jalan McCloud and Jalen Riley. In addition, former Bucs Joe Hugley, Isaiah Tisdale, Patrick Good and Jordan Coffin are all part of the coaching staff, while Dillon Reppart is the General Manager.

The Bucketneers are 6-2 all-time in TBT and have reached the Sweet 16 each season.