TBT, officially known as “The Basketball Tournament”, has a bit of a throwback feel to it.
First launched in 2014, TBT has made great strides forward, as it continues to grow each year. Now, the prize pool has quadrupled into a $2 million reward–far greater than the $500,000 prize for the inaugural tournament. It also has a television deal with ESPN, who will broadcast the Super 16 games live.
With a much bigger platform and even higher stakes than just a couple of years ago, it’s only natural that the tournament expands.
Earlier today, the tournament’s committee announced which teams made the first 60 spots of its increased field of 64.
Thanks to the help of its fans, Team SuperNOVA qualified for a spot in the tournament, landing amongst the top 11 teams in the Philadelphia region with the most fan votes.
Team SuperNOVA is comprised of members from the 2009 Villanova Final Four team: Scottie Reynolds, Corey Fisher, Antonio Pena, and Reggie Redding. SuperNOVA also has recent graduates James Bell, Maurice Sutton, and Mouphtaou Yarou.
Although they didn’t graduate from Villanova, Isaiah Armwood and Malcolm Grant will be offering their services to the Wildcat alumni team. Armwood and Grant both attended the Main Line university temporarily at one point, before transferring out to George Washington and Miami, respectively, in search for more playing time.
This year’s tournament marks the third time Villanova has had a team represented at TBT. The first couple of years didn’t go so well, as those teams were ousted rather early.
However, this may be the year in which they breakthrough, much like how Jay Wright‘s present-day squad did.
The remaining four spots in the tournament field will be decided and announced on Monday, June 13 at the conclusion of TBT’s fundraising charity contest. The four teams that raised the most money will earn those final slots.
The official bracket, along with seeding and schedules, will be released on July 1.