The Basketball Tournament: Red Scare seeded third in Dayton region

Fans watch a press conference for The Basketball Tournament on Wednesday, June 22, 2022, at UD Arena. David Jablonski/Staff

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Fans watch a press conference for The Basketball Tournament on Wednesday, June 22, 2022, at UD Arena. David Jablonski/Staff

Dayton alumni team will play at UD Arena for first time in July

The Dayton Flyers alumni team, the Red Scare, will play a first-round game in The Basketball Tournament at 3 p.m. July 24 at UD Arena. The 64-team bracket for the $1 million winner-takes-all event was announced Wednesday.

The Red Scare, which is the third seed in the region, will play No. 6 seed CitiTeam in its opening game. CitiTeam played in the first TBT in 2014 and returns this summer with former McDonald’s All-American Josh Selby on the roster.

The Red Scare or CitiTeam will play No. 2 seed Golden Eagles, a Marquette alumni team, or Ohio 1804, an Ohio Bobcats alumni team in the second round at 9 p.m. July 26.

Four members of the Red Scare — Scoochie Smith, Trey Landers, Ryan Mikesell and Joe Thomasson — attended a bracket reveal watch party, which was open to the public at UD Arena. The first 100 fans ate free hot dogs and Dippin Dots. UD grad Nick Elam, the creator of the Elam Ending, the game-ending format used by The Basketball Tournament, also attended the event.

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The Red Scare made its TBT debut in 2019, playing in the Columbus Regional at Capital University. It lost in the third round to the Ohio State alumni team and eventual champion, Carmen’s Crew.

In 2020, the Red Scare reached the semifinals in a pandemic-reduced field at Nationwide Arena.

Last year, the Red Scare needed to win three games at Ohio State’s Covelli Center to advance to the quarterfinals at UD Arena, but it lost to Category 5, a team of University of Miami alums, in the second round.

Here’s the complete UD Arena schedule. Tickets are available on

July 24

No. 1 seed Money Team vs. No. 8 Athletics Miami, 1 p.m.

NOTE: Money Team roster includes former BYU star Jimmer Fredette and eight-year NBA veteran Trevor Booker.

No. 3 Red Scare vs. No. 6 CitiTeam, 3 p.m.

No. 4 Men of Mackey (Purdue) vs. No. 5 Mid-American Unity, 7 p.m.

NOTE: Former Purdue star Robbie Hummel will play for Men of Mackey.

No. 2 Golden Eagles (Marquette) vs. No. 8 Ohio 1804, 9 p.m.

July 26

Money Team/Athletics Miami vs. Men of Mackey/Mid-American Unity, 7 p.m.

Red Scare/CitiTeam vs. Golden Eagles/Ohio 1804, 9 p.m.

July 27

Regional championship, 8 p.m.

July 28

Quarterfinal No. 1, 7 p.m.

33-point Contest, 9 p.m.

July 29

Quarterfinal No. 2, 7 p.m.

Quarterfinal No. 3, 9 p.m.

NOTE: Fourth quarterfinal will be held at Wichita Regional

July 30

Semifinal No. 1, 4 p.m.

Semifinal No. 2, 6 p.m.

Aug. 2

Championship game, 9 p.m.

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Vee Sanford, 6-4 guard (2012-14): He ranks 83rd in school history with 735 points. This will be his first appearance with the Red Scare since 2019.

Jordan Sibert, 6-4 guard (2013-15): Sibert ranks 46th in Dayton history with 1,030 points.

Scoochie Smith, 6-2 guard (2013-17): He ranks 28th with 1,289 points and ninth with 485 assists.

Darrell Davis, 6-4 guard (2014-18): He ranks 51st with 1,008 points. He played for Dayton from 2014-18. He’s the only member of the team who has played on each of the first three Red Scare teams.

Josh Cunningham, 6-8 forward (2015-19): He ranks 55th in school history in scoring.

Ryan Mikesell, 6-7 forward (2015-20): The St. Henry grad ranks 70th with 847 points.

Trey Landers, 6-5 guard (2016-20): The Wayne grad ranks 57th with 946 points. Like Mikesell, this will the third time he has played for the Red Scare.

Joe Thomasson, 6-4 guard: The Thurgood Marshall graduate played at Wright State from 2014-16 and scored 617 points. He averaged 11.6 points per game last season in Spain.

Kosta Koufos, 7-0 center: He is the third former Buckeye to play for the Red Scare. Trevor Thompson and C.J. Walker played for the team last year, and Thompson also played for the team in 2020.

C.J. Walker, 6-1 guard: He scored 967 points in a career that included two years at Florida State (2016-18) and two at Ohio State (2019-21). He played in Germany last season.

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