With yesterday’s announcement that three former Buckeye basketball stars would be a part of Big X in this year’s The Basketball Tournament, many fans disappointingly assumed that that meant that there wouldn’t be a return of Team Scarlet and Gray, which lost in double overtime of last year’s semifinals.
However, today the Columbus Sports commission confirmed that the Buckeye team will be back this season, again coached by Scoonie Penn and Evan Turner. On the roster, as of now, are returning players William Buford, Aaron Craft, Jon Diebler, Dallas Lauderdale, David Lighty and Evan Ravenel. Joining them this summer will be former Buckeye B.J. (don’t call me Byron) Mullens. Additions to the roster will be announced later. Jared Sullinger was instrumental in last year’s TBT run. No word yet on if he will return.
Team Scarlet and Gray very well could face off with Big X, featuring former OSU stars Andrew Dakich, Jae’Sean Tate, and Kam Williams, along with players from Michigan and Illinois.
This year, Columbus’ Capital University will host an opening round regional from July 20 through 22nd. Team Scarlet and Gray will likely open there, as they are automatically entered into the field of 72, based off of last year’s success and popularity.