The Basketball Tournament Red Scare

The Red Scare are back for their second season in The Basketball Tournament.

After a great run in their second season in The Basketball Tournament bubble, in which they fell just short of the championship game, the Red Scare, made up of Dayton alumni, are ready to make another run at the title, and the 1 million dollar prize.

This Red Scare squad returns its four best players from last season and added some more talent from their two best Dayton teams in recent memory. The mix of 2020 young guns itching for postseason basketball and 2013 players who have played in the NCAA Tournament and had great success give the Red Scare a dynamic unlike any other, giving them a huge advantage over some other teams.

The Red Scare hopes to pick up where they left off last season, hoisting The Basketball Tournament trophy in their own arena at the end of the tournament.

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  • Darrell Davis
  • Kyle Davis
  • Trey Landers
  • Ryan Mikesell
  • Devin Oliver
  • Kendall Pollard
  • Devon Scott
  • Jordan Sibert
  • Brandon Spearman
  • Trevor Thompson

Head Coach

  • Joey Gruden

General Manager

  • Joey Gruden


  • Columbus

First Matchup

  • July 24, 3 PM EST, vs 15 seeded BC Vahakni City

Team Outlook

In last year’s bubble, The Red Scare, composed of Dayton alumni, went all the way to the semifinals in its first ever season. It is not surprising that this team is having postseason success. 

The Red Scare have players from two of the best Dayton teams in the last 20 years: the 2013 Elite Eight Flyers squad and the 2020 team that was poised to make a run if the NCAA Tournament had not been canceled due to the pandemic.

The Red Scare have been awarded the second seed in the Columbus Region, so the committee does not seem to think their run in the bubble was a fluke. 

It is pretty hard to pick against this team, as the experience and success that everyone on the roster has had in the NCAA and The Basketball Tournament in 2020. Adding in that the finals are held in Dayton, the Red Scare have every reason to make another run in 2021.


Featured Image courtesy of The Red Scare on Twitter

By Samuel Bass

Writing sports, college basketball, ACC hoops