Battle 4 Atlantis 2012: Teams, Schedule, Live Stream, Bracket, TV Info

Rick Weiner@RickWeinerNYFeatured ColumnistNovember 19, 2012

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

Game Matchup Date Time TV
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

 

Predictions

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.

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