We already knew that Golden Eagles Alumni would be in the 2016 edition of The Basketball Tournament, and new already knew where and what day they would play their first game.
Now we have a time, a seed, and an opponent.
On Friday, TBT announced the full 64 team bracket. Golden Eagles Alumni were issued a 6 seed in the fairly deep Midwest Region. The team filling out the 1-5 spots include teams of Kentucky alumni, Michigan State alumni, Kansas State alumni, the defending Midwest regional champs made up of NBDL champion alumni, and a team that features long time NBA players Mike Bibby and Jason Williams. You really can't argue with a six seed in that kind of situation.
GEA will play the #11 seed Hoopville Warriors in the first round. They don't have any recognizable names on their roster, but if you read through it, they all played college ball on some level, so they’re not just a lucky rec league team or anything, either. Hoopville Warriors have won at least two games in each of the first two TBTs, so they must be taken seriously. You can read more about them in their TBT profile.
The game between Golden Eagles Alumni and Hoopville Warriors will take place on Saturday, July 16, with tip time scheduled for 9:15pm. It will be the last game of a very long day of 8 first round games at The Shannon Center on the campus of Saint Xavier University in Chicago, IL. The winner of the GEA/HW game will advance to the second round on Sunday, July 17, to play the winner of #3 seed Spartan Heroes (the Michigan State team) and #14 seed Ohio United. Tickets for both days are still available by clicking here.
If you can't make it out to Chicago for the games, then you’ll want to keep an eye on Whistle Sports on Facebook. They’ll be streaming ALL of the first two rounds.