The Basketball Tournament: Schedule, dates, times, results for every game of the single-elimination tourney

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The first weekend of the 2020 iteration of the Basketball Tournament is in the books. TBT kicked off its sixth year of competition on July 4, with every high seed pulling out a win on the first day of the single-elimination, winner-take-all cash prize event. Day 2, however, saw some upsets, as three of the four games saw the lower-seeded team knock out their higher-ranked opponent. 

This year, due to COVID-19, the field has been reduced to 24 teams, and the cash prize has been lowered to $1 million. In addition, instead of a cross-country event, the entire tournament is taking place at Nationwide Arena in Columbus, Ohio, with players and staff members quarantined in one location. Four teams — Best Virginia, Mid-American Unity, Jackson TN Underdawgs, and Playing for Jimmy V — were replaced before the tournament started due to positive coronavirus tests. A fifth team, Eberlein Drive, was removed after the tournament was already underway.  Eberlein Drive was supposed to play in the Sweet 16 on Monday night, but instead their scheduled opponent, Brotherly Love, will automatically advance to the next round. 

“Although it’s difficult to release the teams that we have, we’re following our plan to control the spread of the virus within our bubble here in Columbus, [Ohio],” TBT founder and CEO Jon Mugar said in a statement, via ESPN. “We have administered nearly 1,400 tests with just 31 positive cases, only five of which were in Columbus. We continue to have confidence in our health and safety plan to reduce the risk for everyone involved with TBT 2020.”  

The action continues on Monday, July 6 as the Sweet 16 will get underway. The tournament, as a whole, will conclude with the championship game on Tuesday, July 14. Dozens of former college and NBA players are taking part, including Chris Paul, who is serving as GM for Team CP3. Some notable names among those suiting up to play include Jarrett Jack and Joe Johnson, who are representing four-time champions Overseas Elite. Last year’s winners, Carmen’s Crew, are back as well and are led by Jared Sullinger and Aaron Craft.

Here’s the full schedule and how to watch every game:

Round 1

All times Eastern

July 4

  • No. 9 Big X 79, No. 24 D2 74
  • No. 12 Brotherly Love 87, No. 21 Stillwater Stars 71
  • No. 16 House of ‘Paign 76, No. 17 War Tampa, 53
  • No. 13 Team CP3 76, No. 20 PrimeTime Players 74

July 5

  • No. 23 Herd That 80, No. 10 Peoria All-Stars 65
  • No. 22 Sideline Cancer 93, No. 11 Team Hines 91
  • No. 19 Men of Mackey 83, No. 14 Heartfire 79
  • No. 15 Armored Athlete 98, No. 18 Power of the Paw 91

Round 2 (Sweet Sixteen)

All times Eastern

July 6 

  • No. 5 Eberlein Drive (Disqualified due to positive COVID-19 test) vs. No. 12 Brotherly Love (Will automatically advance) 
  • No. 4 Golden Eagles 76, No. 13 Team CP3 67

July 7

  •  No. 22 Sideline Cancer 76, No. 6 Team Challenge ALS 66
  • No. 3 Boeheim’s Army 76, No. 19 Men of Mackey, 69

July 8

  • No. 8 Red Scare vs. No. 9 Big X, 2 p.m. (ESPN)
  • No. 1 Carmens Crew vs. No. 16 House of Paign, 4 p.m. (ESPN)

July 9

  • No. 7 The Money Team vs. No. 23 Herd That, 2 p.m. (ESPN)
  • No. 2 Overseas Elite vs. No. 15 Armored Athlete, 4 p.m. (ESPN)

Round 3 (Elite Eight)

All times Eastern

July 10 

  • TBD vs. TBD, 2 p.m. (ESPN)

July 10 

  • TBD vs. TBD, 4 p.m. (ESPN)

July 11 

  • TBD vs. TBD, 2 p.m. (ESPN)
  • TBD vs. TBD 4 p.m. (ESPN)

Round 4 (Final Four)

All times Eastern

July 12

  • TBD vs. TBD, 4 p.m. (ESPN)
  • TBD vs. TBD, 6 p.m. (ESPN)

Round 5 (Championship)

All times Eastern

July 14

  • TBD vs. TBD, 7 p.m. (ESPN)

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