‘Best Virginia’ Opens TBT Vs. ‘WoCo Showtime’
Game Tips Off At 2 p.m. on ESPN
WHEELING — After two exhibition games and plenty of practice, Best Virginia finally gets started today for real against WoCo Showtime as The Basketball Tournament tips off in Charleston at 2 p.m. on ESPN.
The West Virginia alumni squad went 2-0 in exhibition games and enters the tournament as the No. 2 seed in the Charleston Region.
The Mountaineer squad consists of Teyvon Myers, Jonathan Holton, Juwan Staten, Kevin Jones, Nathan Adrian, Chase Harler, Alex Ruoff, Logan Routt, John Flowers and Sagaba Konate.
They’ll be going up against Wofford’s alumni team in the opening round, which includes Larry McKnight, Eric Garcia, Emmitt Williams V, Fletcher Magee, Keith Braxton, Nate Hoover, Dylan Carl, Lee Skinner, Spencer Collins and Neil Rasnake.
Magee is the NCAA Division I record holder for career 3-pointers with 509, which he set in 2019, passing Oakland’s Travis Bader’s mark of 504 in 2014.
Magee was also on the first team in school history to punch its ticket to the March Madness and he will certainly give Best Virginia a quality test in the first round.
“I actually transferred from Wofford, so I know a lot of those guys,” Best Virginia head coach James Long said. “They are going to be good. They play well off each other and they added a couple of big guys to work off their shooters. Hoover can really shoot it and Fletcher Magee is the No. 1 3-point shooter in D-I history so they will be a tough test.”
A win for Best Virginia will give it a second round date with the winner of No. 10 Bleed Virginia or No. 7 D2. Without trying to look too far ahead, it is possible that Charleston may play host to a third round matchup of rivals Best Virginia and No. 3 seed Herd That, Marshall’s alumni squad, which includes brothers Ot and Jon Elmore.
“I hope it works out to where we can play each other,” Long said. “We both have a lot to accomplish before we can get there but it would be great for Charleston.”
Sideline Cancer, last year’s runner-up, is the top seed in the Charleson Region.
Ohio State alumni team and 2019 TBT champion, Carmen’s Crew is the No. 1 seed in the Columbus Region and is 12-3 in the tournament since it began.
With top teams and talented players competing for the one-million dollar prize, it will take Best Virginia’s best effort to reach the pinnacle.
“I think it’s going to be the team that plays the hardest and executes the little things the most,” Long said. “That will be the team that makes a deep run or wins this whole thing.”