The Basketball Tournament

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The Basketball Tournament
Current season, competition or edition:
Current sports event The Basketball Tournament 2017
The Basketball Tournament logo.png
Sport Basketball
Founded 2014
Inaugural season 2014
No. of teams 72
Countries United States
Continent North America
Most recent
Overseas Elite
TV partner(s) ESPN
Official website

The Basketball Tournament (TBT) is an open-application, single-elimination tournament played each summer in the United States, currently featuring 72 teams. It was founded in 2014 by Jonathan Mugar.[1]


Teams in TBT are arranged by the general managers, sometimes based on which schools the players attended and which teams they had experience competing for. The nine teams in each region with the most registered fans according to the tournament's website are entered into the bracket. Four teams in each region are then selected for at-large bids, and the returning semifinalist from each region the previous year gains automatic entry into the field. Four spots per region are also available for purchase on a first come, first serve basis. [2] In 2016, this field included 64 teams.[3] The bracket is divided into four regions and each region has 16 teams, all of which are seeded. The championship prize money was $1,000,000 in 2015 and $500,000 in 2014.[1] In the 2018 tournament, the winner of the championship game will receive $2,000,000 in prize money. Ninety percent goes to the team's personnel or to charity and 10% goes to its fans.[3]

TBT uses a modified version of NCAA men's basketball rules. As of the 2018 edition, the most significant exceptions are:[4]

  • Games are played in 9-minute quarters instead of 20-minute halves (or the 10-minute quarters of the NCAA women's game).
  • Players are disqualified upon their 6th personal foul (instead of 5th).
  • Bonus free throws follow NCAA women's rules, with two free throws on the 5th and subsequent non-shooting fouls by the defense in a quarter.
  • FIBA rules on basket interference are followed, except on free throws. Once the ball hits the rim on a field goal attempt, any player on either team can play the ball.
  • Replay review is governed by NCAA rules, with one modification—any review allowed only in the last 2 minutes of a game under NCAA rules will be allowed in TBT only if either team is within 3 points of the Elam Ending target score (see below).
  • Due to the adoption of the Elam Ending for all games, overtime has been abolished.

In 2017, the tournament's play-in games utilized "Elam Ending" rules, devised by Ball State University professor Nick Elam. Pursuant to the Elam Ending, the clock would be stopped at the first whistle with less than 4 minutes remaining. The teams would thenceforth play to a target score equal to the leading team's score plus 7 points.[5] The tournament organizers have announced that effective with the 2018 edition, the Elam Ending will be used in all games.[6]


TBT has previously had a number of current and former National Basketball Association (NBA) players participate, including Hakim Warrick, Jason Williams, Dahntay Jones, Mike Bibby, Royal Ivey, Matt Bonner, and Brian Scalabrine.[7][8] TBT has also received support from players such as Kyle Lowry in the past.[9]

Many teams feature professional players reunited under a former college or university name, with teams representing Syracuse, Ohio State, Notre Dame, Iowa State, Kansas State, Marquette, VCU, Bradley, UW-Milwaukee and many others competing in 2017.

In 2016, NBA players such as John Wall, Kristaps Porzingis, Rudy Gay, Shaun Livingston, Chandler Parsons and Austin Rivers served as boosters for different teams.[10]

Bracket Celebration

At the conclusion of each game, the winning team advances its placard on a giant bracket to the next round. The bracket is modeled after the All Valley Karate Tournament bracket found in The Karate Kid.

Ram Nation advancing its name on the bracket.

After pleas from ESPN analyst Fran Fraschilla, Yahoo Sports columnist Jeff Eisenberg and SportsCenter host Scott Van Pelt,[11] the NCAA adopted the ritual for March Madness in 2018.[12] After the game, a portable bracket was brought into the winning team's locker room. One player or a group of players advanced the team to the next round. Oftentimes, the celebration was posted on social media.[13] The bracket celebration also took place in the Frozen Four of the 2018 NCAA Hockey Tournament.[14]


The Notre Dame Fighting Alumni won the first-ever TBT championship, defeating Team Barstool, 72–68. The team, represented by several former Notre Dame Fighting Irish players, donated $40,000 to Coaches vs. Cancer.[9] On August 2, 2015, Overseas Elite defeated Team 23 to take the 2015 TBT title.[15] Overseas Elite was able to repeat as 2016 TBT champions one year later by defeating Team Colorado to claim the $2 million prize. On August 3, 2017, Overseas Elite beat Team Challenge ALS 86–83 to become 3 time TBT champions. Ex Arizona alum Kyle Fogg earned the title of TBT's Most Valuable Player.

Year Champion Score Runner-Up
2014 Notre Dame Fighting Alumni 72–68 Team Barstool
2015 Overseas Elite 67–65 Team 23
2016 Overseas Elite 77–72 Team Colorado
2017 Overseas Elite 86–83 Team Challenge ALS
Teams Win Loss Total Year(s) won Year(s) lost
Overseas Elite 3 0 3 2015, 2016, 2017
Notre Dame Fighting Alumni 1 0 1 2014
Team 23 0 1 1 2015
Team Barstool 0 1 1 2014
Team Colorado 0 1 1 2016
Team Challenge ALS 0 1 1 2017


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  2. ^ "About TBT - The Basketball Tournament". 
  3. ^ a b "About TBT". Retrieved 13 July 2015. 
  4. ^ "The Basketball Tournament: 2018 Official Rules and Regulations". TBT Enterprises, LLC. Retrieved June 21, 2018. 
  5. ^ Passan, Jeff (June 11, 2018). "10 Degrees: The Mensa member's idea that can solve almost all of baseball's problems". Yahoo Sports. Retrieved June 11, 2018. 
  6. ^ Lowe, Zach (June 18, 2018). "New kind of crunch time has NBA luminaries excited". Retrieved June 21, 2018. 
  7. ^ Duffy, Thomas. "The Basketball Tournament 2015: Dates, Schedule, Bracket and Players". Bleacher Report. Retrieved 13 July 2015. 
  8. ^ "Grantland". Retrieved 13 July 2015. 
  9. ^ a b "2014 Recap". Retrieved 13 July 2015. 
  10. ^ "Wall, Porzingis, Cruz all to participate in #TBT2016 - The Basketball Tournament". 
  11. ^ David Worlock [@DavidWorlock] (8 Jul 2017). "Love the idea. Running it by co-workers" (Tweet) – via Twitter. 
  12. ^ "NCAA Tournament To Adopt TBT Bracket Celebration - The Basketball Tournament". 
  13. ^ Villanova MBB [@NovaMBB] (1 Apr 2018). "🎥: @d_cosby2 making it official! #NationalChampionship #FinalFour #LetsMarchNova" (Tweet) – via Twitter. 
  14. ^ NCAA Ice Hockey [@NCAAIceHockey] (8 Apr 2018). "OFFICIALLY OFFICIAL @UMDMensHockey 2018 NATIONAL CHAMPIONS #FrozenFour" (Tweet) – via Twitter. 
  15. ^ Ryan, Kevin. "Team wins $1 million in winner-take-all hoops tournament". Retrieved 2 August 2015. 

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