Marquette To Host The Basketball Tournament Pod

May 24, 2018


The Basketball Tournament (TBT) – the $2 million, winner-take-all summer basketball event broadcast live on ESPN – announced today a partnership with the Big East Conference to host a four-team tournament at Marquette University, comprised of alumni teams from four Big East schools.

Alumni teams from Marquette, Georgetown, Seton Hall and St. John’s will face off at Marquette University’s Al McGuire Center June 30 and July 1, with the winner advancing to TBT’s Super 16. The Marquette team – Golden Eagles Alumni – has made it to TBT’s Round of 8 each of the past two years. Two members from last year’s team – Jamil Wilson & Dwight Buycks – went on to appear in the NBA during the 2017-18 season. The other three alumni teams are new to TBT.

Tickets for these games will go on sale to Marquette basketball season ticket members on Friday, May 25 at 10 a.m. CT. Tickets will then go on sale to the general public on Tuesday, May 28 at 10 a.m. CT.

Marquette is offering all session (all three games) or single-day tickets. All tickets are general admission. All session prices are $25 for adults, $7 for children under 12 and $7 for college students. Single-day prices are $15 for adults, $5 for children under 12 and $5 for college students.

For more information please call or text the Marquette Ticket Office at 414.288.4668 or email

“The Big East has always been synonymous with big-time college basketball, and this partnership shows how forward-thinking they are when it comes to alumni,” said Jon Mugar, Founder and CEO of TBT. “Over the past four years, our alumni teams have experienced a massive outpouring of support from athletic departments, coaches and fans, who love engaging with and supporting former student-athletes. And with this partnership, the Big East takes a leadership position in supporting these alumni as well."



“We are extremely excited by the opportunity to host TBT at the Al McGuire Center,” Marquette Vice President & Director of Athletics Bill Scholl said. “We are looking forward to our tremendous fans filling up the arena to watch not only our former players compete, but also to support the MACC Fund.”

“I’m very excited about joining TBT," said Jack Attack (Georgetown Alumni) GM Patrick Ewing Jr. "It’s something I’ve been thinking about for a few years and I’m excited that we're finally getting it done, especially in a year when TBT is launching the pod format. To be able to compete against teams that were a big part of the Big East makes it that much better."

The Big East Conference is one of the NCAA’s top basketball conferences, boasting a rich history of national championships, All-Americans, legendary coaches and NBA veterans.

TBT features a 72-team bracket made up of top-notch professional basketball players, featuring former college stars, international basketball stars, ex-NBA players, future NBA players and more competing in a single-elimination 5on5 tournament for a winner-take-all $2 million prize. Fans win 10%, or $200,000, of the $2 million prize. Games will air on ESPN networks beginning Friday, June 29 at Spokane Hoopfest.

TBT has attracted some of the best basketball in the world. In 2017, more than 68 players with NBA experience competed and more than two-thirds of the over 700 players were current professionals. 16 TBT 2017 players went on to sign deals with NBA teams during the 2017-18 season. Overseas Elite, a team of American stars currently playing in top leagues around the world, won for the third consecutive year in 2017, and have taken home a life-changing $5 million over three years, running its record to an amazing 19-0 in the process.

The application period for TBT 2018 runs through June 1. Teams compete for spots in the tournament by soliciting support from fans via social, digital and all other forms of media. Applicants must be 18 or older and willing to forego their amateur status. For more information, visit


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