Team Colorado receives No. 1 seed in The Basketball Tournament

Kathryn Osler / Denver Post
Former Colorado Buffaloes star Chris Copeland (left, in 2006) will be one of the few new faces for Team Colorado at The Basketball Tournament in July.

The path toward a possible second consecutive appearance in the title game of The Basketball Tournament is coming together for Team Colorado.

The alums from CU’s men’s basketball program will open the $2 million winner-take-all competition as one of the tournament’s four No. 1 seeds, receiving the top spot in the West Region in the brackets released Tuesday. Team Colorado will play Kimchi Express at 3:15 p.m. MDT on July 15 at Desert Oasis High School in Las Vegas. The winner will play a second-round date at the same location on July 16.

Team Colorado suffered a heartbreaking defeat in the TBT championship game a year ago, letting a big lead and the $2 million payoff slip away. Team Colorado returns mostly the same group of players this year with former NBA player Chris Copeland and big man Josh Scott, an All-Pac-12 Conference performer with the Buffs just a season ago, added to the mix.

Additionally, recent CU alum Wesley Gordon will not compete for Team Colorado after previously considering joining up.

Like last year, the alums will reconvene in Boulder for a pre-tournament training camp that runs June 29 through July 2.

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