The Basketball Tournament’s 2016 field was released this week, and Skinner’s Frate Train, a team comprised of Boston College basketball alumni, will play as the #4 seed in the West Region. The Eagles draw the 13th-seeded Mostly Sports team in a first round game at 7:30 PM PT on July 9th at Cal-State Los Angeles.
Team 23, a team of players from different schools who originated out of Arizona, earned the top seed and will play Kimchi Express, with LAUNFD earning the second seed.
Six of the 16 teams in the West Region are made up exclusively of one college’s alumni base. The third-seeded Few Good Men squad from Gonzaga are the only ones to earn a better seed than Skinner’s Frate Train, while Team Colorado (Colorado, #5); Team Utah (Utah, 7); Utah Stallions (Utah State, 10); and Air Force Bomb Squad (Air Force, 11) are also in the bracket.
The Tournament’s official preview of the Skinner’s Frate Train game states the following:
A team that features the stars of Boston College’s last prominent teams, Skinner’s Frate Train’s success will depend on their guard play. If Tyrese Rice plays, he’s a game-changer. If he’s out, Brady Heslip and Marquez Haynes will take over at the 1 and will have all the pressure to deliver. Mostly Sports is an older, experienced team and competed in TBT 2015. What Mostly Sports lacks in pedigree, they’ll make up for in “old man strength,” as they’ll set bruising picks, swing the ball, and find the open man.
Tickets to the event can be purchased through secure online ticketing by clicking here. There is also a Bracket Challenge event.
The Tournament will broadcast its events from its website for the first two rounds of each region, with the LA region going up against the Charlotte Region. Teams advancing from pods will advance to the Round of 16 on July 21st and 22nd, which will be broadcast along with the Quarterfinals on the ESPN Network of channels. The semifinals and championship round will be broadcast on July 30th and August 2nd, respectively, on ESPN.