Former Dayton Flyers to team up in The Basketball Tournament

8:40 p.m Friday, May 12, 2017 Sports
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Dayton's Vee Sanford, right, pumps his fist and leaves the court with Devin Oliver after hitting the game-winning shot against Ohio State in the second round of the NCAA tournament on Thursday, March 20, 2014, at the First Niagara Center in Buffalo, N.Y. David Jablonski/Staff

Three former Dayton Flyers need help from fans so they can team up in The Basketball Tournament, a 64-team, five-on-five, single-elimination event with a prize of $2 million for the winning team.

Devin Oliver, Vee Sanford and Dyshawn Pierre, all members of Dayton’s Elite Eight team in 2014, are playing for the Broad Street Brawlers in the Northeast Region.

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Nine teams from each region will be selected for the tournament based on how many votes they get from fans by June 1. Six at-large teams will be selected in each region. One team in each region will qualify through a separate tournament, the Play-In Jamboree (June 17-18).

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Sixty teams will be announced June 6. Regional rounds will take place July 8-9 and July 15-16. The Super 16 rounds will be July 20-23 in New York City. The semifinals and finals will take place Aug. 1 and Aug. 3 in Baltimore Md.

Oliver, Sanford and Pierre all played in Europe this season. Sanford and Pierre played against each other in the top league in Germany.

Oliver’s first season in Slovenia isn’t over yet. He’s playing for Union Olimpija, which starts play in the championship series of the top league in Slovenia on Tuesday. Oliver is averaging 15.2 points, 7.3 rebounds and 2.9 assists per game.