By Kendra Sheehan Syracuse, N.Y. (NCC News) — The Basketball Tournament, or TBT, is a 64-team single elimination tournament that is televised nationally on ESPN each year. The local team is Boeheim’s Army named after the legendary Syracuse Head Coach Jim Boeheim.
Because of the strong support from the Orange nation, Syracuse was chosen to be one of the host sites for the tournament. Head Coach of Boeheim’s Army Ryan Blackwell said its a win for everyone involved.
“If its in Syracuse with our huge following I think its pretty much going to sell out which is a huge benefit for everybody,” Blackwell said.
Out of several options, Onondaga Community College, was chosen because its arena could best accommodate the needs of the tournament. Some construction however is already underway in order for OCC to completely meet TBT’s requirements, such as new LED lights being installed.
“By the time we get to the end of July when were hosting this; we’ll have already put in hundreds of man hours,” said OCC Athletic Director Michael Borsz.
Boeheim’s Army is comprised of several former Syracuse basketball players, giving Syracuse fans the opportunity to cheer on their favorite former players at an arena just miles from their home.
The tournament will be held July 26-28 at the SRC Arena at OCC. Fans can purchase tickets on The Basketball Tournament’s official website.