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Bracket for the 2013 Battle 4 Atlantis on NBCSN released

Jul 29, 2013, 12:53 PM EDT

The bracket for the Battle 4 Atlantis, which will be aired on the NBC Sports Network, has been released.

The games will be played over a three-day stretch, beginning on Thanksgiving, at the Atlantis resort in the Bahamas. While the event will not feature the same level of talent as last year’s tournament, which was headlined by Duke and Louisville and also included Memphis, Missouri, Stanford, VCU and Harvard.

This year, the event will be headlined by Kansas, a potential top five team with the nation’s best freshman and a Preseason National Player of the Year candidate in Andrew Wiggins. That alone will be worth the price of admission and a plane ticket; there are worse way to spend the holiday than on a paradise island.

The most intriguing first-round matchup will take place between Xavier and Iowa. Iowa was a young team a year ago, but they return basically everyone from a young, promising team. Xavier brings back Semaj Christon, one of the nation’s best freshmen a year ago, and should be able to compete at the top of the Big East next year.

The most interesting first round matchup will pit Villanova and USC, both of whom could end up on the bubble next season and would benefit greatly from the RPI boost that comes with playing Kansas. The only shame is that a matchup between Tim Floyd (UTEP) and USC (who could end up being the beneficiary of the Isaac Hamilton sweepstakes) likely won’t happen unless both teams lose out.

Here’s the bracket:

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  1. fatediesel - Jul 29, 2013 at 1:31 PM

    I went to this tournament last year and it’s easy to see why it’s become the premiere pre-season tournament. It’s one of the few tournaments that teams make a profit by playing in and Atlantis is by far the nicest resort I’ve ever been to and there’s a ton to do. It was kind of an odd game atmosphere though, as it was essentially just a very large ballroom.

    One odd thing is you couldn’t watch the games on TV at the resort. The hotel didn’t carry NBC Sports Network and for some reason the sportsbook (which didn’t allow betting on any of the tournament games) wasn’t allowed to show the games even though the final was sold out.

  2. inallsincerity - Jul 29, 2013 at 2:06 PM

    The headline for this tourney, with the Isaac Hamilton situation still unfolding, will be the possibility of SC playing UTEP in the ‘ship (unlikely) or one of the consolation rounds (very likely). We’ll see…

  3. bballnut50 - Jul 29, 2013 at 8:43 PM

    U miss Minnesota, they were 2-1…..

    • fatediesel - Jul 30, 2013 at 12:21 PM

      Also Harvard didn’t play in last year’s tournament. They won the tournament in 2011. Minnesota and Northern Iowa were the teams to play in last year’s tournament in addition to the teams listed.

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