Battle 4 Atlantis

Battle 4 Atlantis
Battle 4 Atlantis.png
Logo of the Battle 4 Atlantis
SportCollege basketball
Founded2011 (men)
2020 (women)
FounderKerzner International
No. of teams8
CountryBahamas
Venue(s)Imperial Arena
Paradise Island, Nassau, Bahamas
Most recent
champion(s)
Michigan
Most titlesVillanova (2)
TV partner(s)ESPN
Official websiteBattle4Atlantis

The Battle 4 Atlantis is an early-season college basketball tournament that takes place in late November of each year, at Atlantis Paradise Island on Paradise Island in Nassau, Bahamas, on the week of the US holiday of Thanksgiving. The games are played in the Imperial Arena, a grand ballroom which is turned into a basketball venue.[1] The tournament is known for being the richest Division I men's early-season college basketball tournament. Schools are awarded $2 million in exchange for their participation in the men's event.[2]

In 2020, a women's tournament will be added, also featuring eight teams. It will immediately precede the men's tournament.[3]

The tournament is promoted by Bad Boy Mowers, and is televised by ESPN, ESPN2 and ESPNU.[4]

Tournament history[edit]

Tournament champions[edit]

Year Winner Score Opponent Tournament MVP
2011 Harvard 59–49 UCF Keith Wright, Harvard[5]
2012 Duke 76–71 Louisville Quinn Cook, Duke[6]
2013 Villanova 88–83OT Iowa James Bell, Villanova[7]
2014 Wisconsin 69–56 Oklahoma Frank Kaminsky, Wisconsin[8]
2015 Syracuse 74–67 Texas A&M Michael Gbinije, Syracuse[9]
2016 Baylor 66–63 Louisville Johnathan Motley, Baylor[10]
2017 Villanova 64–50 Northern Iowa Jalen Brunson, Villanova[11]
2018 Virginia 53–46 Wisconsin De'Andre Hunter, Virginia[12]
2019 Michigan 82–64 Gonzaga Jon Teske, Michigan[13]

Mainland bracket champions[edit]

Year Winner Score Opponent
2012 Florida Gulf Coast 72–66 Toledo
2014 Chattanooga 78–67 Coastal Carolina
2015 Texas A&M–Corpus Christi 85–81 Elon
2017 UMBC 89–88 Nicholls State[a]
  1. ^ Now known for athletic purposes as Nicholls.

Repeat participants[edit]

Team Years Record Best Finish Last
Villanova 2 6–0 1st (2013, 2017) 2017
Michigan 2 5–1 1st (2019) 2019
Tennessee 2 4–2 3rd (2017) 2017
Louisville 2 4–2 2nd (2012, 2016) 2016
VCU 2 3–3 4th (2012) 2016
Stanford 2 2–4 6th (2012) 2018
Northern Iowa 2 2–4 2nd (2017) 2017
UConn 2 3–3 3rd (2011) 2015
Florida 2 2–4 6th (2014, 2018) 2018
Oklahoma 2 4–2 2nd (2014) 2018
Butler 2 3–3 3rd (2014) 2018
North Carolina 2 4–2 3rd (2019) 2019
Gonzaga 2 4–2 2nd (2019) 2019

Brackets[edit]

2011[edit]

  • November 24–26
  First Round
November 24
Semifinals
November 25
Championship
November 26
4 Connecticut 73
UNC Asheville 63
4 Connecticut 63
UCF 68
UCF 74
College of Charleston 63
UCF 49
Harvard 59
Utah 47
Harvard 75
Harvard 46 3rd place game
November 26
22 Florida State 41
22 Florida State 73 4 Connecticut 78OT
UMass 53 22 Florida State 76
  Consolation 2nd Round
November 25
5th place game
November 26
                     
UNC Asheville 66  
College of Charleston 68  
  College of Charleston 85  
  UMass 61  
Utah 75
UMass 89     7th place game
November 26
  UNC Asheville 87
  Utah 65

[14]

2012[edit]

  • November 22–24
  First Round
November 22
Semifinals
November 23
NBCSN
Championship
November 24
NBCSN
2 Louisville 51
Northern Iowa 46
2 Louisville 84
13 Missouri 61
13 Missouri 78
Stanford 70
2 Louisville 71
5 Duke 76
19 Memphis 65
VCU 78
VCU 58 3rd place game
November 24
NBCSN
5 Duke 67
5 Duke 89 VCU 65
Minnesota 71 13 Missouri 68
  Consolation 2nd Round
November 23
AXS TV
5th place game
November 24
AXS TV
                     
Northern Iowa 50  
Stanford 66  
  Stanford 63  
  Minnesota 66  
19 Memphis 75
Minnesota 84     7th place game
November 24
AXS TV
  19 Memphis 52
  Northern Iowa 47
  Mainland Bracket
November 21
Mainland Championship game
November 22
                     
Samford 69  
Toledo 82  
  Toledo 66  
  Florida Gulf Coast 72  
Florida Gulf Coast 50
Alcorn State 48     Mainland 3rd place game
November 24
  Samford 65
  Alcorn State 69

2013[edit]

  • November 28–30
  First Round
November 28
Semifinals
November 29
Championship
November 30
2 Kansas 87
Wake Forest 78
2 Kansas 59
Villanova 63
Villanova 93
USC 79
Villanova 88OT
23 Iowa 83
Tennessee 70
UTEP 78
UTEP 53 3rd place game
November 30
23 Iowa 89
Xavier 74 2 Kansas 67
23 Iowa 77OT UTEP 63
  Consolation 2nd Round
November 29
5th place game
November 30
                     
Wake Forest 77  
USC 63  
  Wake Forest 63  
  Tennessee 82  
Tennessee 64
Xavier 49     7th place game
November 30
  USC 84
  Xavier 78

[15]

2014[edit]

  • November 26–28
  First Round
November 26
AXS TV/ESPN2
Semifinals
November 27
ESPN
Championship
November 28
ESPN
2 Wisconsin 72
UAB 43
2 Wisconsin 68
Georgetown 65
18 Florida 65
Georgetown 66OT
2 Wisconsin 69
Oklahoma 56
22 UCLA 65
Oklahoma 75
Oklahoma 59 3rd place game
November 28
ESPN
Butler 46
Butler 74 Georgetown 58
5 North Carolina 66 Butler 64
  Consolation 2nd Round
November 27
AXS TV
5th place game
November 28
AXS TV
                     
5 North Carolina 78  
22 UCLA 56  
  5 North Carolina 75  
  18 Florida 64  
UAB 47
18 Florida 56     7th place game
November 28
AXS TV
  22 UCLA 88
  UAB 76
  Mainland Bracket
November 26
Mainland Championship game
November 27
                     
Coastal Carolina 61  
Louisiana–Monroe 48  
  Coastal Carolina 67  
  Chattanooga 78  
Robert Morris 46
Chattanooga 61     Mainland 3rd place game
November 27
  Robert Morris 71
  Louisiana–Monroe 54

[16]

2015[edit]

  • November 25–27
  First Round
November 25
ESPN2/AXS TV
Semifinals
November 26
ESPN
Championship
November 27
ESPN
10 Gonzaga 80
Washington 64
10 Gonzaga 61
25 Texas A&M 62
25 Texas A&M 84
Texas 73
25 Texas A&M 67
Syracuse 74
Michigan 60
18 UConn 74
18 UConn 76 3rd place game
November 27
ESPN
Syracuse 79
Charlotte 70 10 Gonzaga 73
  Syracuse 83 18 UConn 70
  Consolation 2nd Round
November 26
AXS TV
5th place game
November 27
AXS TV
                     
  Washington 70  
  Texas 82  
    Texas 72  
    Michigan 78  
  Michigan 102
Charlotte 47     7th place game
November 27
AXS TV
  Washington 71
  Charlotte 66
  Mainland Bracket
November 26
Mainland Championship game
November 27
                     
Texas A&M–CC 73  
Furman 69  
  Texas A&M-CC 85  
  Elon 81  
Mount St. Mary's 74
Elon 79     Mainland 3rd place game
November 27
  Furman 69
  Mount St. Mary's 60

[17]

2016[edit]

  • November 23–25
  First Round
November 23
ESPN2/AXS TV
Semifinals
November 24
ESPN
Championship
November 25
ESPN
24 Michigan State 73
St. John's 62
24 Michigan State 58
20 Baylor 73
20 Baylor 71
VCU 63
20 Baylor 66
10 Louisville 63
  Wichita State 82
LSU 47
Wichita State 52 3rd place game
November 25
ESPN/ESPN2
10 Louisville 62
10 Louisville 68OT 24 Michigan State 77
Old Dominion 62 Wichita State 72
  Consolation 2nd Round
November 24
AXS TV
5th place game
November 25
AXS TV
                     
  St. John's 69  
VCU 75  
    VCU 85  
  LSU 74  
  LSU 66
Old Dominion 60     7th place game
November 27
AXS TV
  St. John's 55
  Old Dominion 63

The mainland Battle 4 Atlantis was unbracketed in 2016.

2017[edit]

November 22–24

  First Round
November 22
ESPN2
Semifinals
November 23
ESPN2
Championship
November 24
ESPN
18 Purdue 75
Tennessee 78OT
Tennessee 76
5 Villanova 85
5 Villanova 66
Western Kentucky 58
5 Villanova 64
Northern Iowa 50
North Carolina State 90
2 Arizona 84
North Carolina State 60 3rd place game
November 24
ESPN2
Northern Iowa 64
SMU 58 Tennessee 67
Northern Iowa 61 North Carolina State 58
  Consolation 2nd Round
November 23
ESPN3
5th place game
November 24
ESPN3
                     
18 Purdue 73  
Western Kentucky 77  
  Western Kentucky 63  
  SMU 61  
2 Arizona 60
SMU 66     7th place game
November 24
ESPN3
  18 Purdue 89
  2 Arizona 64
  Mainland Bracket
November 23
Mainland Championship game
November 24
                     
Nicholls State 76  
Presbyterian 64  
  Nicholls State 88  
  UMBC 89  
Chicago State 73
UMBC 84     Mainland 3rd place game
November 24
  Presbyterian 75
  Chicago State 73

2018[edit]

  • November 21–23
  First Round
November 21
ESPN
ESPNews
ESPN3
Semifinals
November 22
ESPN
Championship
November 23
ESPN
Florida 60
Oklahoma 65
Oklahoma 58
25 Wisconsin 78
25 Wisconsin 62
Stanford 46
25 Wisconsin 46
4 Virginia 53
Butler 64
Dayton 69
Dayton 59 Third place
4 Virginia 66
4 Virginia 74 Oklahoma 65
  Middle Tennessee 52 Dayton 54
  Consolation 2nd Round
November 22
ESPN2
5th place game
November 23
ESPNU
                     
  Florida 72  
  Stanford 49  
    Florida 54  
    Butler 61  
  Butler 84
Middle Tennessee 53     7th place game
November 23
ESPN3
  Stanford 67
  Middle Tennessee 54

2019[edit]

First Round
November 27
ESPN/ESPN2
ESPNU
Semifinals
November 28
ESPN
Championship
November 29
ESPN
         
  Michigan 83
  Iowa State 76
Michigan 73
6 North Carolina 64
6 North Carolina 76
  Alabama 67
Michigan 82
8 Gonzaga 64
8 Gonzaga 94
  Southern Miss 69
8 Gonzaga 73
11 Oregon 72
13 Seton Hall 69
11 Oregon 71
3rd place game
November 29
ESPN
   
6 North Carolina 78
11 Oregon 74
Consolation 2nd Round
November 28
ESPN2
5th place game
November 29
ESPNU
      
Iowa State 104
Alabama 89
Iowa State 76
13 Seton Hall 84
Southern Miss 56
13 Seton Hall 81
7th place game
November 29
ESPNU
   
Alabama 83
Southern Miss 68

All Times Eastern

2020[edit]

Men[edit]

[20]

  • Creighton
  • Duke
  • Ohio State
  • Texas A&M
  • Utah
  • West Virginia
  • Wichita State
  • Memphis

Women[edit]

[3]

References[edit]

  1. ^ http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/2012/basketball/ncaa/wires/11/25/2060.ap.bkc.battle.4.atlantis.2013.0123/index.html
  2. ^ "Battle 4 Atlantis Basketball Teams Announced for November 2011 Tournament". The Bahamas Weekly. April 21, 2011. Retrieved October 5, 2011.
  3. ^ a b "Bahamas to host 1st women's Battle 4 Atlantis in 2020". ESPN.com. Associated Press. November 30, 2019. Retrieved November 30, 2019.
  4. ^ "ESPN Acquires Rights to Battle 4 Atlantis Men's Hoops Tournament". ESPN. September 4, 2013. Retrieved July 9, 2014.
  5. ^ "Harvard men win Battle 4 Atlantis". November 28, 2011.
  6. ^ https://www.usatoday.com/story/sports/ncaab/2012/11/25/quinn-cook-duke-louisville-battle-4-atlantis/1724945/
  7. ^ "Villanova remains unbeaten, wins Battle 4 Atlantis over Iowa". CBSSports.com.
  8. ^ "Tourney MVP Frank Kaminsky guides Wisconsin to Battle 4 Atlantis title". ABC13 Houston. November 29, 2014.
  9. ^ Press, The Associated. "Syracuse wins Battle 4 Atlantis". Richmond Times-Dispatch.
  10. ^ "No. 10 Louisville Falls to No. 20 Baylor in Battle 4 Atlantis Final, 66-63". University of Louisville Athletics.
  11. ^ "Villanova leaves Bahamas with another trophy". NBC Sports Philadelphia. November 24, 2017.
  12. ^ https://www.usatoday.com/story/sports/ncaab/2018/11/23/the-latest-oklahoma-beats-dayton-for-3rd-at-atlantis/38591737/
  13. ^ https://www.freep.com/story/sports/college/university-michigan/wolverines/2019/11/29/michigan-basketball-gonzaga-score-battle-4-atlantis/4333430002/
  14. ^ http://www.atlantis.com/promotions/battle4atlantis/brackets.aspx
  15. ^ "2012 Battle of Atlantis Bracket". Retrieved August 2, 2012.
  16. ^ "2014 Battle of Atlantis Bracket". Retrieved August 5, 2014.
  17. ^ "2015 Battle of Atlantis Bracket" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on August 24, 2015. Retrieved 6 August 2014.
  18. ^ "Battle 4 Atlantis: Iowa State will play in 2019 tournament in Bahamas". desmoinesregister.com. Retrieved September 5, 2018.
  19. ^ Myron Medcalf and Byron Borzello (July 11, 2019). "Your guide to 13 early-season college basketball tournaments". espn.com. Retrieved July 11, 2019.
  20. ^ Goodman, Jeff (May 8, 2019). "Sources: 2020 Battle of Atlantis | Duke | Ohio State | West Virginia | Utah | Texas A&M | Wichita State | Creighton | TBD". @GoodmanHoops. Retrieved May 25, 2019.

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