For the third consecutive year, Philadelphia University will host the Northeast Regional of The Basketball Tournament (TBT). Alumni teams from Villanova, Temple and LaSalle, as well as former New York Knicks and Syracuse players, will be among those competing for the $2 million prize at the Gallagher Center on Saturday, July 16 and Sunday, July 17.
PhilaU’s Peter Alexis ’16 and Christian Burns ’07, who won the DII National Player of the Year award as a Ram, will be playing for the North Street Bullies.
“We are proud to have joined TBT at the tournament’s inception in 2014,” said PhilaU’s Director of Athletics Tom Shirley. “We have watched it grow for three years and have proven to be a great site to enjoy the event.”
More than 300 teams applied to play in TBT this year, including more than 400 players with professional experience and 130 with NBA experience. A total of 135 teams met the eligibility requirements to compete.
Opening rounds began last weekend in Charlotte and Los Angeles, and continue this weekend in Chicago and Philadelphia. The Super 16 takes place at the Gallagher Center on July 21-23 (which will be covered on ESPNU/ESPN2/ESPN3), and the semifinals and winner-take-all championship final–to be aired on ESPN–head to New York July 30 and Aug. 2, respectively.