2020 Battle 4 Atlantis Featuring Duke Canceled Because of COVID-19

Blake SchusterAnalyst IIISeptember 18, 2020

Wisconsin poses for a team picture after their championship victory over Oklahoma in the Battle 4 Atlantis basketball tournament in Paradise Island, Bahamas, Friday, Nov. 28, 2014. Wisconsin defeated Oklahoma 69-56. (AP Photo/Tim Aylen)
Tim Aylen/Associated Press

College Basketball will not be playing in paradise this season.

The 2020 Battle 4 Atlantis, annually hosted by the Paradise Island, Bahamas resort, has officially been canceled because of the coronavirus pandemic. This year's field was slated to feature Duke, Creighton, Ohio State, Texas A&M, Utah, West Virginia, Wichita State and Memphis. 

AtlantisBahamas @atlantisbahamas

#Battle4Atlantis is cancelled this year due to COVID-19 restrictions. We have not relocated the event to Sioux Falls, SD. Any reported mentions of this are incorrect. Atlantis and Battle 4 Atlantis is not affiliated with the upcoming events scheduled to take place in SD.

According to the resort, the Battle 4 Atlantis will resume play in the Bahamas in 2021. 

Duke last won the tournament in 2012, defeating a Louisville team led by Peyton Siva, Gorgui Dieng and Montrezl Harrell that would go on to win the NCAA tournament before having the season vacated following an NCAA investigation. 

This year's field was already in jeopardy following the Pac-12's decision to postpone all sports through January 2021, making Utah's participation unlikely. 

The Thanksgiving tournament was scheduled to run November 25-27.

Matt Norlander of CBS Sports previously reported organizers had lined up at least one school as a replacement and a potential move to a venue in South Dakota was under consideration. According to Norlander, Duke was the only team not on board with the plan to move locations.

Atlantis refuted that report in its cancelation announcement. 

The 2021 Battle 4 Atlantis field has yet to be revealed. It's unknown if the 2020 schools will look to return to the tournament next season.  


The latest in the sports world, emailed daily.