For the second year in a row, a team consisting of several former USF men's basketball players is among the final 16 competing for a $2 million purse.
Led in part by Bulls alumnus Dominique Jones' 24 points, sixth-seeded Team DRC topped No. 3 Memphis State, 84-80, on Sunday in a South Regional second-round game of The Basketball Tournament (TBT) in Richmond, Va.
Team DRC, which used four former Bulls in the triumph, advances to TBT's Super 16 against Ram Nation (Virginia Commonwealth alumni) at Georgia State University in downtown Atlanta on July 26 at 7 p.m. The contest will be shown on an ESPN platform.
A 72-team event, TBT attracts many de facto college alumni squads, with a winner-take-all purse of $2 million. The semifinals (Aug. 2) and title game (Aug. 3) will be held in Baltimore and televised by ESPN.
The updated bracket can be seen here.
Last year's tournament featured the Tampa Bulls, a team consisting entirely of former USF players that reached the Super 16. Team DRC's lineup — considerably more diverse — included Jones (2007-10) and fellow former Bulls Kentrell Gransberry (2006-08), Toarlyn Fitzpatrick (2009-13) and Amu Saaka (2006-08) on Sunday.
Orlando Edgewater alumnus Darius Washington, who helped lead Memphis to the 2006 Elite Eight, led Team DRC with 26 points, followed by Jones and former UCF player Keith Clanton (16). Fitzpatrick, a King High alumnus, had three points and five rebounds off the bench.
The contest featured the "Elam Ending," a format being used in all TBT contests. Under the rule, at the first dead ball after the four-minute mark in the fourth quarter, the game clock shuts off. A target score is set by adding seven to the leading team's score. The first team to reach the target score wins.