MORGANTOWN, W.Va. — For the third consecutive year, West Virginia will host a regional in The Basketball Tournament. On Tuesday, officials for the annual summer basketball tournament announced that WesBanco Arena in Wheeling will serve as one of the eight sites for the first three rounds of the event. The regional will be played in July with dates to be announced later.
Wichita, Kan. and Louisville, Ky. were previously announced as regional sites for the 64-team, single-elimination tournament.
“We’re excited to partner with the City of Wheeling, WesBanco Arena, and Best Virginia to bring TBT back to West Virginia,” said TBT founder and CEO Jon Mugar. “West Virginia fans are among the best in the nation. We see it each summer with TBT and are excited to bring a regional back to their home turf again this summer.”
“I’m excited for TBT to come to Wheeling this summer,” said Best Virginia general manager and player John Flowers. “There are a lot of West Virginia fans that deserve to see us play and to be able to interact with some of their favorite former Mountaineers, and we think the opportunity in Wheeling will allow for more fans to do just that. We’re looking forward to a great turnout this summer.”
The Charleston Coliseum and Convention Center hosted a TBT regional in 2021 and 2022. In-state alumni teams Best Virginia (WVU alumni) and Herd That (Marshall alumni) competed in Charleston. Both are registered to field teams this summer. The tenth edition of the tournament will feature a $1 million winner-take-all prize to the championship team.
Best Virginia is 5-1 in TBT games played in West Virginia.
WesBanco Arena will host the Mountain East Conference Tournament this week.