The NBA playoffs may be winding down, but do not fear. Basketball is never over! This summer, hoops fans can get their fix by tuning in to The Basketball Tournament (TBT). This is a winner-take-all tournament with a prize purse of $2 million dollars.
Last year, the Memphis State team boasted numerous University of Memphis alumni and competed their way to the second round until they fell to Team DRC on a dagger shot by (ironically) former Tiger Darius Washington.
In this year’s version of The Basketball Tournament, Memphis will again be represented, this time by team Bluff City.
The tournament is set up with 8 separate regions. Each region will host 8 teams with the winners from each region meeting in Chicago. This season, Memphis will host their own region and games will be played at the Elma Roane Fieldhouse on the campus of the University of Memphis. Bluff City’s opening round game will be played on Friday, July 19th at 8:30 pm central. You can buy Tickets HERE.
Earlier today, TBT revealed the seeding for each of the eight regions and Bluff City was selected as a 2-seed in their region with Gael Force (Saint Mary’s alumni team) holding down the 1-seed.
Here you can find a breakdown of ESPN’s power rankings for all 64 teams in the tournament.
If you can’t make it out to the game, there are still ways to support your Tigers.
Before we announce our first player, we have to give a huge shoutout to our GM and center @willcoleman1988! Without his hard work, we wouldn't have been able to bring your favorite @Memphis_MBB alumni back home for #TBT2019! @thetournament pic.twitter.com/Jj7ZgokhAB
— Bluff City Basketball (@BluffTbt) May 21, 2019
Bluff City Roster
Will Coleman (2009-2011)
Will Coleman, a 6’9″ forward, played two years at Memphis under Coach Josh Pastner. He is from Columbus, Ga and became a fan favorite for his hustle and incredible athletic ability. Coleman averaged 7.2 points, 5.3 rebounds, and 1.5 blocks over the course of two seasons at Memphis.
Last year, Coleman led team Memphis State in scoring at TBT with 18.5 points per game. He also added 5 rebounds per contest to his stat line over the pair of games.
Jeremy Hunt (2002-2007)
Hunt played in 103 games as a Tiger and averaged 11 points and 3 rebounds over 4 seasons for coach John Calipari. He played in two NCAA tournaments including the Tigers’ 06-07 Elite Eight run. In the 2007 tournament, he scored 26 points in that tournament’s eventual loss to Ohio State.
Adonis Thomas (2011-2013)
A Memphis native, Adonis Thomas was a top ten prospect coming out of high school. He spent two seasons at Memphis and averaged 10 points and 4 rebounds on 42.6% shooting. He amassed 6 appearances in the NBA in the 2013-14 season between Orlando and Philadelphia.
Earl Barron (1999-2003)
Barron brings NBA Championship experience with him to The Basketball Tournament. He was a part of the 2006 Miami Heat squad that took home the title.
Tayloe Taylor (ETSU 2005-2007)
Shawn Taggart ( Iowa State 2005-06, Memphis 2007-2009)
Taggart was a defensive stalwart during his time in college. Twice he placed in the top 10 in blocks and defensive win shares in CUSA.
Dominique played at NAIA school Azusa Pacific University. He spent some time in the NBA D-League before beginning his overseas career.
Chris Crawford (2010-2014)
“Clutch” Crawford was a big time shot maker in his time at Memphis. He made 50 or more threes in each of his final 3 seasons in blue.
Darius Washington (2004-2006)
You may remember Washington from last season, when he nailed a dagger that eliminated Memphis State from the 2018 TBT. Washington was a top 15 recruit when he signed to play at Memphis for Calipari. Washington averaged 14 points and 3.5 assists in two seasons in college. He was a top ten scorer in conference both seasons.