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The Basketball Tournament Lexington Regional set to begin July 19 at Frederick Douglass High School


By Keith Taylor
Kentucky Today

The Basketball Tournament schedule is all set.

The $2 million tournament will tipoff with 64 teams in the mix, including eight squads in the Lexington Regional. The regional events will be July 19-21 and July 25-28 at various sites across the country.

The 5-on-5 event will feature 60 players with NBA experience, 23 college alumni teams and more than 20 former Division I college players who just completed college. All games will be televised on the ESPN networks.

“ESPN took a chance on TBT by streaming our first ever championship game in 2014 and we’ve been with them ever since,” said Jon Mugar, founder and CEO of TBT. “It’s hard to believe we’ve gone from 2 hours streaming in 2014 to all TBT games available on the ESPN App and 48 hours on linear TV in 2019. It’s a testament to their commitment to the event and how our relationship has grown.”

Former Kentucky players Derek Willis, Dominique Hawkins, Josh Harrellson, Marcus Lee, Ramon Harris, Kevin Galloway and AJ Stewart will form the Bluegrass Boys organized by former Kentucky player Mark Krebs and will be coached by Wayne Turner.

The top seed in the Lexington region will be Team Loyalty is Love and the general manager is DeMarcus Cousins. Former Kentucky player Daniel Orton is on the squad, which also includes Pierre Jackson, Quincy Miller and Isiah Austin, all of whom played at Baylor.

The Kentucky Basketball Commission team is coached by Shelvin Mack and will include former Mr. Basketball and Tennessee standout Chris Lofton, recent Eastern Kentucky graduate Nick Mayo and former Western Kentucky standout AJ Slaughter.

The winner of the Lexington Regional will take on the Richmond Regional winner at 7 p.m. at Wintrust Arena in Chicago.

Lexington Regional

July 19-21 at Frederick Douglass High School

July 19

• 3 p.m., Fort Wayne Champs vs. Showtime
• 5 p.m., Loyalty is Love vs. Hoopville Warriors
• 7 p.m., KBC vs. Peoria All-Stars
• 9 p.m., Bluegrass Boys vs. D2

July 20

• 4 p.m., Game 2 winner vs. Game 3 winner
• 6 p.m., Game 1 winner vs. Game 4 winner

July 21

• 2 p.m., semifinal winners

Keith Taylor is sports editor for Kentucky Today. Reach him at keith.taylor@kentuckytoday.com or twitter @keithtaylor21.


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