TBT announces July 4 start date; tournament to be held in Columbus

WVU Men's Basketball

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Basketball will officially be making its return on July 4.

While both the college and professional games are still in limbo, The Basketball Tournament (TBT) will bring the sport back to fans with its seventh edition of the annual competition in which teams vie for a $1 million payday in a single-elimination tournament. Typically, TBT fields 64 teams and is played in locations across the country, but this year the tournament will be shrunk to 24 teams and will be held in Columbus, Ohio.

The competition will go from July 4-14 and will be shown on ESPN. The bracket will be unveiled on Tuesday, according to the TBT official Twitter account.

The Best Virginia alumni squad made their first appearance in the competition last season, making it to the second round before falling to defending four-time champions Overseas Elite. Many of last year’s former Mountaineers, including Kevin Jones, DaSean Butler, Juwan Staten and John Flowers, are returning for this year’s tournament.

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