The Basketball Tournament Possibly Coming to Le Moyne

The Le Moyne College Athletic Center underwent some major upgrades this summer, and now the school is in position to host The Basketball Tournament.

The Basketball Tournament is a popular summer event, which features teams all competing in a winner-take-all format for the $2 million prizes.

The team generally consist of former college and current professional players, including Boeheim’s Army, which is a team of Syracuse University alumni. This past summer, Boeheim’s Army’s roster featured the likes of Brandon Triche, Hakim Warrick, Demetris Nichols, and several other former Orange stars.

Boeheim’s Army typically draws a large crowd of supporters to their games. This past summer they played at LIU Brooklyn in the first round of the tournament and many Syracuse fans made the trip to support the Orange of the past.

The popularity of Boeheim’s Army would make Syracuse a logical choice as a future TBT host city, and the recent upgrades to Le Moyne’s Athletic Center put the college in the position to submit a bid to host the event next summer.

“Boeheim’s Army brings in a crowd wherever they go, bringing this to Syracuse would be a great experience for all,” Jon Mugar, founder and CEO of the TBT, said in a recent interview.

Bids to host the TBT are due on Oct. 1. A committee will make its decision in late November and make the announcement public at the beginning of February.

Le Moyne has hosted events such as the Section III sectionals and the Salvation Army’s 3-on-3 tournament in past years at Ted Grant Court. But the TBT would bring another level of attention to the school. The TBT’s games have been televised on ESPN and ESPN2.

Le Moyne’s Ted Grant Court has a capacity of 2,300; in comparison, LIU Brooklyn’s gym holds just 2,000 fans.

“The idea is to become a partner to the community,” Le Moyne athletic director Matt Bassett said. “The attention to Boeheim’s Army makes sense because it will attract members of the community.”

The upgrades to the athletic center include double-door entrance, which helps keep out the cold during the Syracuse winters. A renovated lobby is a more welcoming and open area for fans.

The TBT is not the only event that Le Moyne is hoping to host in the future.

“Now we are in a position where we can host Catholic high school commencement ceremonies,’’ Bassett said. “Before people had to adapt to the facility as it was, now space and service will be more user-friendly.”