After hosting the quarterfinals through championship game in 2021, UD Arena will once again host the exciting conclusion of TBT in 2022. Photo courtesy of Keegan Gupta, Flyer News.
Peter Burtnett | Sports Editor
University of Dayton Arena will host a regional event and championship weekend of The Basketball Tournament (TBT) in summer 2022, the TBT announced Wednesday.
Played from July 24-27, the regional will consist of eight teams, including the UD alumni team Red Scare, which is guaranteed to play their first-ever home game(s) during TBT after missing out last year. Trey Landers, Ryan Mikesell and Darrell Davis have already confirmed their commitments to play and be coached by returning general manager/head coach Joey Gruden.
“My teammates and I have always felt the love from the Dayton fan base wherever we’ve played in TBT, but the opportunity to play in UD Arena again is going to be really special for us,” Red Scare forward Ryan Mikesell said. “TBT is a tremendous platform for us to relive great memories while creating new ones. I know that the Flyer Faithful will come out in full force to cheer us on just like when we were in school, and we’re hopeful that we’ll finally be able to hoist a TBT trophy in front of them.”
The winner of the Dayton regional will advance to the quarterfinals, to be played at UD Arena on July 29-30. The semifinals will be played on July 31, and the $1 million winner-take-all championship will be played Aug. 2.
“It’s exciting that the TBT is returning for its second year to Dayton. Last year’s tournament was a big success and I’m sure our fans can’t wait to cheer for our Red Scare alumni team in the Arena,” Flyers men’s basketball head coach Anthony Grant said.
“Basketball is what we do,” added Scott DeBolt, Executive Director of UD Arena. “We’re very, very happy to bring another marquee basketball event to the University of Dayton Arena, and the Dayton community.”
“The Red Scare fan base is one of the most passionate in TBT,” said TBT founder and CEO Jon Mugar. “We wouldn’t be surprised if they challenge Wichita State’s attendance record in round one this year. University of Dayton was a great partner last year and we’re excited to bring the championship back to UD Arena for a second consecutive year.”
Below is a schedule of TBT from a press release:
Regional Host Cities
- Omaha, Neb. – headlined by Omaha Blue Crew (Creighton alumni) – July 16-19
- Albuquerque, N.M. – headlined by The Enchantment (New Mexico alumni) – July 18-21
- Cincinnati, Ohio – headlined by Zip ‘Em Up (Xavier alumni) – July 18-21
- Wichita, Kan. – headlined by AfterShocks (Wichita State alumni) – July 22-25
- Syracuse, N.Y. – headlined by Boeheim’s Army (Syracuse alumni) – July 22-25
- Charleston, W. Va. – headlined by Best Virginia (West Virginia alumni) and Herd That (Marshall alumni) – July 24-27
- Dayton, Ohio – headlined by Red Scare (Dayton alumni) – July 24-27
- Wichita – July 28
- Dayton – July 29-30
Championship Weekend in Dayton
- Semifinals – Sunday, July 31
- $1 Million, Winner-Take-All Championship – Tuesday, Aug. 2