By: Ryan Gasser, sports information director
COLUMBUS, Ohio – During the summer months Capital University Basketball typically is not flexing its muscles on the hardwood, but this weekend head men's basketball coach Damon Goodwin will be leading another group of men on a mission to win at The Capital Center. The Basketball Tournament (TBT) returns to Capital this week, and Goodwin and the Red Scare will be one of the main attractions for what should be a packed house.
The 25-year Capital head coach will be part of the show when TBT, the summer's premier basketball tournament, comes to Capital University July 19-21. Goodwin, 1986 graduate of the University of Dayton and hall of famer, will lead the Dayton alumni team, known as The Red Scare, into its first appearance at TBT this weekend.
The Red Scare team, organized by general managers Joey Gruden and Jeremiah Bonsu, will feature a seven-man rotation that brings back four members of the 2014 NCAA Tournament Elite 8 team including Vee Sanford, Kendall Pollard, Kyle Davis, and Devin Oliver.
"We are not very big … we're pretty much guards," said Goodwin. "We're going to try to spread the floor out a little bit, try to draw the opponent's big guys away from the basket, and try to use our quickness and our speed. We're not going to have a lot of coaching time. We're going to have a couple sets but basically try to push the ball, trying to spread the floor and trying to make plays with our guys who again, have been playing in Europe for the last five years, so they know how to play."
Joining the team as a late roster addition will be a familiar face to Capital and Ohio Athletic Conference basketball fans is Division III All-American center and Chickasaw, Ohio native Ryan Bruns, graduate of Ohio Northern University.
"Ryan [Bruns] is actually trying to play in Europe so he has been practicing and working, and doing a lot of different things. Ryan is obviously one of the best Division III players in the country and maybe in my 25 years one of the better Division III players I've ever competed against."
Goodwin is also very excited to experience the Elam Ending, TBT's very unique end-of-game rule that has created a buzz in the basketball community. The rule states that at the first dead ball after the four-minute mark of the game the clock will be turned off. The leading team at that time will establish a "target score", which is set at the winning team's score plus seven. Whichever team reaches that target score first, wins the game.
While Goodwin, the head coach of host Capital University's men's basketball team, does not see any personal advantage of playing on his home floor he does believe that Capital's proximity to will allow The Dayton Faithful (as he calls them) to pack The Capital Center this weekend.
"I think it's going to be an exciting atmosphere, especially if we win a game or two," said Goodwin. "If we do win and the Wisconsin team wins, we'll be playing guys that have been in the NBA and guys that have played in the summer league … that team is going to be very good, and if we win that, on paper you then play the Ohio State team."
Goodwin and The Red Scare will make their TBT debut on Friday, July 19 at 5 p.m. when they play The Region, a team that Carmen's Crew defeated in the first round in 2018. The game will be broadcast on ESPN3.
Tickets for the Columbus regional are on sale now and can be purchased online at https://thebasketballtournament.ticketspice.com/tbt-columbus-2019.
Additional site information for the Columbus regional can be found online at https://promotions.thetournament.com/tbt-2019-columbus-regional.
For more information on TBT, go to www.thetournament.com.