AfterShocks are back: Wichita continues reign as most popular host site in TBT history

Wichita will continue its reign as the longest running location in the 11-year history of The Basketball Tournament.

Koch Arena was selected as one of eight host sites for a regional that will be played from July 19-24 and then a quarterfinal game on July 30, according to a TBT release on Monday morning. It is the fifth time Wichita has been selected as a host site by the 64-team, $1 million winner-take-all event.

The AfterShocks, a WSU alumni team, are slated to return with the coaching staff of Zach Bush, J.R. Simon and Garrett Stutz once again spearheading the team. The team already has received commitments for the 2024 summer from mainstays like Conner Frankamp and Markis McDuffie with additional roster announcements coming later in the spring.

“Our event owes so much to Wichita State and its fans,” TBT founder Jon Mugar said in a statement. “The Roundhouse has been home to some of our best and most electrifying Elam Endings ever. We look forward to working with the athletic department and Visit Wichita again to break more records this summer.”

Tickets for the 2024 Wichita regional will go on sale at a later date, which was not specified in Monday’s release.

The AfterShocks have been one of the most successful organizations in TBT since joining the fray in 2019. The alumni team has won three straight regionals on its home court, registering two appearances in the quarterfinals of the tournament and a semifinal appearance in the last three years.

Last summer WSU fans one-upped their own attendance record, breaking the tournament’s single-game record with 7,202 fans in attendance for a quarterfinal game between the AfterShocks and Heartfire, who went on to win the 2023 TBT championship. WSU owns four of the TBT’s top-five attendances and seven of the top-10.

“This marks the fifth summer TBT has come to Wichita and it’s an annual reminder of the passion and excitement the city of Wichita has for basketball and the Shockers,” WSU senior associate athletic director Brad Pittman said in a statement. “We look forward to putting on a great show once again in 2024.”