The Columbus Regional kicks off today and we are back with another Friday that is packed with TBT action. Let’s look at the TBT Picks for Friday, July 23, and some teams to watch.
(5) The Money Team -5.5 vs (12) The Region 2 pm EST
The Money Team (TMT) is coming off a disappointing start to their TBT experience. After blowing a lead in the TBT bubble, they could be looking for revenge at the Region’s expense. Led by Jordon Crawford, a star-studded veteran guard who has TBT Elam Ending experience in this tournament. Then they have the NBA talent of guys like Thomas Welsh and Willie Reed. Not to mention that Jeff Ledbetter is an absolute bucket.
The Region is not a team to be overlooked as they have fought and come close to some TBT upsets. However, I expect to come out early and right the ship from their blown lead last tournament. TMT is one of the better picks for the July 23 TBT picks and action.
The Pick: The Money Team -5.5
(4) Team Hines -6.5 vs (13) Brown & White 4 pm EST
Calling it early. This will be one of the must-see games of the day. Team Hines has the look of a team that can make a super deep run in this tournament. Kyle Hines might have assembled one of his deepest rosters yet with guys like Isaiah Miles and Kendrick Ray. However, this team is not as strong as it was with a few late dropouts.
Then the team of St. Bonaventure Alumni has the talent to be really sneaky in this tournament. They have a great wing in Demetrius Cooper and dynamic scoring from guard Marcus Posley. And to cap it off they have recruited Dion Wright, who was a part of that Sideline Cancer team who was a runner up in the tournament last year.
Team Hines is still super talented, but do not overlook Brown & White who will look to make this close. It may come down to the Elam Ending.
The Pick: Brown & White +6.5
(8) Men of Mackey -1.5 vs (9) Ballinteers 7 pm EST
Men of Mackey made a nice little splash in the TBT bubble. The Purdue alumni have a great core led by guard Frank Gaines. Kyle Mangas is a killer scorer who can play with the big boys of all levels of the pro circuits.
However, the Ballinteers are a new TBT squad this year filled with legendary Tennessee alumni. Most notably, guard Chris Lofton is a certified playmaker and will look to lead this team into a deep run in their first year in the tournament. They have mixed Volunteers of the old and new, and also have outscored for a little juice. Josh Selby, a Kansas alum, has NBA-level experience and will certainly strengthen this backcourt.
Men of Mackey had great moments in the TBT bubble last year. However, I am looking at the Ballinteers to be a little too much for this squad and make their own mark in the tournament. The Ballinteers are an interesting choice among the picks for the July 23 TBT slate.
The Pick: Ballinteers +1.5
(1) Carmen’s Crew -12.5 vs (16) Mid American Unity
Carmen’s Crew is really good. #Analysis. This team is going to be fired up in the TBT opener with the home crowd roaring behind them. They are returning a lot of the players that helped them reach that TBT title in 2019 and are poised to make another run.
Former MVP William Buford is going to light up the scoreboard as he is accustomed to doing. Then Jon Diebler and Aaron Craft are veterans in the backcourt that can always provide this team with a spark. The addition of Julian Mavunga just further solidifies that this team does not want to see an upset as they did to House of ‘Paign in the bubble.
Mid-American Unity is going to come into this game with nothing to lose, but I think that Carmen’s Crew and this home crowd are going to put their foot on the gas and never let up.
The Pick: Carmen’s Crew -12.5