ESPN Announces Schedule and Commentators for TBT 2021, Tipping Off Friday

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ESPN Announces Schedule and Commentators for TBT 2021, Tipping Off Friday

All 63 Games to air live and on-demand on ESPN Player

    • All 63 Games to air live and on-demand on ESPN Player
    • ESPN College Basketball Analysts Jordan Cornette, Fran Fraschilla and Seth Greenberg Lead TBT 2021 Commentator Team
    • Regional Events Tip Off July 16-17 in Wichita and West Virginia
    • One Million Dollar Winner-Take All Championship Airs August 3, on ESPN Player

ESPN tips off its eighth year of coverage of The Basketball Tournament (TBT) – the single-elimination tournament featuring top professional, college alumni and international basketball players competing for a winner-take-all one million dollar prize – on Friday, July 16. All 63 games of the tournament, featuring the Elam Ending, will air live and on-demand on ESPN Player.

Sixty-four (64) teams will be split into four Regionals to be played over two weekends in July. Two teams from each Regional will advance to Championship Week in Dayton, July 31 – Aug. 3, where the event will culminate with the winner-take-all game for $1 million. All four quarterfinal games will be played on Saturday, July 31, beginning with the first doubleheader tipping at 5PM BST and followed by a doubleheader at 12:00AM BST. The semi-finals are set for Sunday, Aug. 1, at 5:00PM and 7:30PM BST, while the championship game will be played on Tuesday, Aug. 4, at 2:00AM BST.

TBT will also debut its 33-Point Contest™ featuring contestants squaring off in single-elimination bracket format, to see who can hit 11 three-pointers first, totalling 33 points. The event will be live on ESPN Player between the semi-final games on Sunday, Aug. 1, at 7:00PM BST.

TBT 2021 will feature 69 players with NBA experience, 28 college alumni teams and international professionals playing in top leagues across the world.

ESPN college basketball analysts Jordan Cornette, Dan Dakich, Fran Fraschilla and Seth Greenberg headline the commentator teams for the event. Jen Hale and Angel Gray will serve as the sideline reporters throughout the tournament.

Commentators Include:

Brock Bowling – Bowling, the play-by-play voice of the G-League’s Greensboro Strom, has called TBT games since 2017.

Jordan Cornette – Cornette is a college basketball analyst and host on shows across ESPN. This is his first TBT.

Dan Dakich – Dakich has worked games and in-studio for ESPN since joining the network in 2010.

Eric Duick – Duick has called a variety of sports, including basketball, football and wrestling, and has called TBT since 2015.

Fran Fraschilla – Fraschilla has covered basketball at every level since joining ESPN as an analyst in 2003, including college, NBA Draft, FIBA events and more.

Seth Greenberg – Greenberg is one of the network’s top analysts, working games and studio shows, including College GameDay.

Matt Martucci – The voice of St. Joseph’s basketball, Martucci has called TBT since 2017.

Errick McCollum – Former point guard for TBT Champion Oversees Elite 2015-18.

Bob Rathbun – The longtime voice of the NBA’s Atlanta Hawks, Rathbun will call multiple rounds, including the TBT semifinals and Championship.

Tim Scarborough – Scarborough is a college basketball analyst and has called TBT since 2018.

Chris Vosters – Vosters has called a variety of sports, including college basketball. Vosters will call multiple rounds of the tournament.

Angel Gray – Gray covers the NBA’s Cleveland Cavaliers and serves as analyst for WNBA telecasts. This is her first TBT and she will report from the sidelines of the West Virginia and Illinois Regionals as well as the quarterfinals and semifinals.

Jen Hale – Hale, who covers the NBA’s New Orleans Pelicans in addition to her national assignments, will handle sideline reporting for games at the Wichita and Columbus Regionals along with the quarterfinals, semifinals and championship games.


Oliver Clarke

Ollie first joined ESPN in 2016 from the University of Birmingham. Ollie looks after all things direct-to-consumer in EMEA. This includes, but not limited to, customer acquisition and retention, programming, customer life cycle management and communications.
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