The 2023 edition of The Basketball Tournament got underway earlier today. While Boeheims Army may not play until next Monday, now is a perfect time to take a look at the road to glory for the Syracuse alumni team.
Boeheims Army is the number two seed in the Syracuse region. The games will take place at Upstate Medical University Arena, the home of the Syracuse Crunch. Also in the region is the 2022 champions, Blue Collar U, the University of Buffalo alumni team. Also in the region are the UMASS, Rhode Island, and the Penn State alumni team.
The first-round matchup for Boeheims army is Team Gibson. Team Gibson is coached by Tamera Young, an 11-year WNBA veteran. The squad, organized by former NBA player Taj Gibson will be competing in the TBT for the first time. Gibson won’t be playing as he is just the General Manager. A surprising name on the Team Gibson roster, however, is former NFL player Devin Funchess. The eight-year NFL veteran retired from football in 2022 to focus on fulfilling his lifelong dream to play in the NBA.
Earlier today, the jerseys for this year were released today. As a nod to the namesake of the team, Jim Boeheim, the front says just “Boeheim” and the jersey is the exact same style as the 2003 national championship teams jerseys.
We will see Boeheims Army on the floor for the first time next Monday, July 24th at 7:00 p.m. EST on ESPNU. Home-court advantage could be key for this squad after the early exit last year. The winner of the Syracuse region will play in the elite eight in West Virginia against the winner of the West Virginia region. The final four will take place in Philadelphia, with the championship game on August 3rd.