There is no better way for a college football fan to kick off their Thanksgiving weekend than tuning in to the 2013 edition of the Battle 4 Atlantis.
This epic tournament—hosted in a converted ballroom at the famous Atlantis Resorts in the Bahamas—features eight elite teams vying for the title.
No. 2 Kansas is far-and-away the most talented program in the field, but No. 23 Iowa is also ranked inside the Top 25, and there are a number of underrated schools looking to make a splash on Paradise Island.
With 12 games on tap during a 72-hour stretch, this promises to be one of the best Battles 4 Atlantis yet. Keep reading to find out where you can watch all the action, which teams are involved, what superstar to keep an eye on and much more.
Where: Imperial Arena at Atlantis Resorts, Paradise Island, Bahamas
When: Thursday, Nov. 28 through Saturday, Nov. 30
Watch: AXS.TV and NBC Sports Network
No. 23 Iowa
No. 2 Kansas
|Battle 4 Atlantis 2013 Schedule and TV Info|
|1||Thurs, Nov. 28||1 p.m.||Villanova vs. USC||AXS TV|
|2||3:30 p.m.||Kansas vs. Wake Forest||AXS TV|
|3||7 p.m.||Xavier vs. Iowa||NBC Sports Network|
|4||9:30 p.m.||Tennessee vs. UTEP||NBC Sports Network|
|5||Fri, Nov 29||1 p.m.||Xavier/Iowa loser vs. Tennessee/UTEP loser||AXS TV|
|6||3:30 p.m.||Villanova/USC loser vs. Kansas/Wake Forest loser||AXS TV|
|7||7 p.m.||Xavier/Iowa winner vs. Tennessee/UTEP winner||NBC Sports Network|
|8||9:30 p.m.||Villanova/USC winner vs. Kansas/Wake Forst winner||NBC Sports Network|
|9||Sat, Nov. 30||1 p.m.||7th/8th-place: Game 5 loser vs. Game 6 loser|
|10||3:30 p.m.||4th/6th-place: Game 5 winner vs. Game 6 winner|
|11||7 p.m.||3rd/5th-place: Game 7 loser vs. Game 8 loser||NBC Sports Network|
|12||9:30 p.m.||Championship: Game 7 winner vs. Game 8 winner||NBC Sports Network|
Player to Watch: Andrew Wiggins
This young star has taken the college ranks by storm. It certainly wasn’t unexpected, as Wiggins was the No. 1 recruit coming out of high school and is projected to be a top pick in the 2014 NBA draft.
It is easy to see why the 6’8” swingman has general managers salivating at the chance to draft him, especially after his performances over Kansas’ first four games. Wiggins is averaging an impressive 16.8 points, 6.3 rebounds, 1.5 assists, 1.3 steals and 0.5 blocks per game.
The freshman phenom’s most notable performance came on Nov. 12, when he helped guide the Jayhawks past then-No. 4 Duke and got the better of fellow top prospect Jabari Parker in the process.
All eyes will now be on Wiggins as he tries to lead his young team to a title in the Battle 4 Atlantis. With a myriad of distractions surrounding him at the tropical paradise, it will be up to the young star to remain focused and bring a championship home.
While Kansas is the most talented squad participating in the Battle 4 Atlantis, it is very possible that the Jayhawks fall short during the three-day affair.
One team that is flying under the radar but doing very well in 2013 is Iowa, a program that has the chance to firmly entrench itself near the peak of the Top 25 with a victory in the Bahamas.
The 5-0 Hawkeyes have not had a real test this season yet, but all signs point to them being for real in 2013. Versatile swingman Roy Devyn Marble has been doing a bit of everything for this squad and holds averages of 14.6 points, 3.8 assists, 3.2 steals and 2.8 rebounds per game.
Aaron White and Jarrod Uthoff form a solid frontcourt tandem, as the 6’9” forwards are combining to average 25.4 points, 14.4 rebounds and 2.0 blocks per game for a team that ranks No. 7 in the nation in points scored (92.6 points per game), No. 5 in rebounds (48.4 rebounds per game) and No. 15 in assists (18.2 assists per game).
It’s going to be close, but Iowa has a great chance of meeting KU in the championship game and pulling an upset against that young squad.
Prediction: Iowa over Kansas in Championship Game, 88-85