Nothing says Thanksgiving like eight college basketball teams descending on Atlantis Resorts on Paradise Island in the Bahamas for a three-day tournament at the Imperial Arena aptly titled the Battle 4 Atlantis.
The Duke Blue Devils and Louisville Cardinals lead a talented field in the second edition of the tournament; a field that does not include any of the eight schools that participated in 2011, including Harvard, who defeated UCF 59-49 in the championship game.
Eight schools representing eight conferences—including four teams ranked in the AP Top 25: No. 3 Louisville (Big East), No. 9 Duke (ACC), No. 14 Missouri (SEC) and No. 17 Memphis (Conference USA), will take to the hardwood to compete in 12 games over 72 hours of non-stop action.
The rest of the field is comprised of Stanford (Pac-12), Minnesota (Big Ten), Northern Iowa (Missouri Valley) and VCU (A-10).
Let's take a look at everything you need to know heading into this exciting event that is well on it's way to becoming a staple on the college basketball calendar.
Where: Imperial Arena at Atlantis Resorts, Paradise Island, Bahamas
When: Thursday, November 22 through Saturday, November 24
Live Broadcast: AXS TV (Formerly HDNET)
Bracket and TV Schedule
|1||No. 14 Missouri (3-0) vs Stanford (3-1)||Thursday, Nov. 22||1:00 p.m. ET ||AXS (Formerly HDNET)|
|2||No. 9 Duke (3-0) vs. Minnesota (4-0)||Thursday, Nov. 22||3:30 p.m. ET||AXS (Formerly HDNET)|
|3||No. 17 Memphis (2-0) vs. VCU (2-1)||Thursday, Nov. 22||7:00 p.m. ET||NBC Sports Network|
|4||No. 3 Louisville (3-0) vs. UNI (3-0)||Thursday, Nov. 22||9:30 p.m. ET||NBC Sports Network|
|5||Game 3 Loser vs Game 2 Loser||Friday, Nov. 23||1:00 p.m. ET||AXS (Formerly HDNET)|
|6||Game 4 Loser vs. Game 1 Loser||Friday, Nov. 23||3:30 p.m. ET||AXS (Formerly HDNET)|
|7||Game 3 Winner vs. Game 2 Winner||Friday, Nov. 23||7:00 p.m. ET||NBC Sports Network|
|8||Game 4 Winner vs. Game 1 Winner||Friday, Nov. 23||9:30 p.m. ET||NBC Sports Network|
|9||Game 6 Loser vs. Game 5 Loser||Saturday, Nov. 24||1:00 p.m. ET||AXS (Formerly HDNET)|
|10||Game 6 Winner vs. Game 5 Winner||Saturday, Nov. 24||3:30 p.m. ET||AXS (Formerly HDNET)|
|11||Third Place Game: Game 8 Loser vs. Game 7 Loser||Saturday, Nov. 24||7:00 p.m. ET||NBC Sports Network|
|12||Championship: Game 8 Winner vs. Game 7 Winner||Saturday, Nov. 24||9:30 p.m. ET||NBC Sports Network|
None of the ranked schools have easy draws in the Battle 4 Atlantis, with each unranked squad fully capable of pulling off the upset on a neutral court.
Obviously, the premier matchup would be Louisville and Duke going head-to-head in the championship game. While anything can happen, you've got to like both teams chances of making it to that point—a game that I think Rick Pitino's Cardinals would take down Mike Krzyzewski's Blue Devils in.
Make sure to check back with B/R for the latest news, analysis and results as the Battle 4 Atlantis gets under way.