The first weekend of The Basketball Tournament starts this weekend (19th-21st). It is one of my favorite summer basketball events, and even more so since they have plenty of NAIA connections associated with the teams. If you haven’t read our previous article, there are plenty of NAIA connections on teams this year. Some of the rosters have changed for the event, so wanted to give a quick update. For full coverage and information on the TBT visit the TBT website here:

Teams with NAIA Connections:

Columbus Regional – July 19th-21st
#2 Seed Kohl Blooded

1st Game: Friday July 19th @ 3:00pm (ET) vs #7 Seed Mid-American Unity on ESPN3

Antonio Hester – Univ of Mobile (AL) (2012 3rd Team NAIA All-American)

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Lexington Regional – July 19th-21st
#8 Seed Hoopville Warriors

1st Game: Friday July 19th @ 5:00pm vs #1 Loyalty on ESPN3

Robert Broughton – Saint Xavier Univ. (IL)

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Tre Green – Robert Morris (IL)

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Ronald Farmer-Blanchard – Washington Adventist

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Deandre Thomas – Robert Morris Univ (IL)

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#4 Seed KBC

1st Game: Friday July 19th @ 7:00PM (ET) vs #5 Peoria All-Stars on ESPN3

Vic Moses – Georgetown College (KY) (2012-13 NAIA Player of the Year)

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#5 Seed Peoria All-Stars

1st Game: Friday July 19th @ 7:00PM (ET) vs #4 Team KBC on ESPN3

Drake Ford – Played Lincoln College/Iowa WesleyanCoached at Robert Morris (IL)

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Darian White – St. Ambrose (IA)

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#7 Seed D2

1st Game vs #2 Seed Bluegrass Boys @ 9:00pm (ET) on ESPN3

Coach Grant Leonard – William Penn University

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Memphis Regional – July 19th-21st
#8 Seed Jackson TN Underdawgs

1st Game: Friday July 19th @ 5:50pm (ET) vs #1 Gael Force

Anthony Sampson – Freed-Hardeman University

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Jeremy Simmons – Iowa Wesleyan

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#7 Seed Team 901

1st Game: Friday July 19th @ 9:30pm (ET) vs #2 Seed Bluff City on ESPN3

Timothy Coleman – Florida Memorial University

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