Tennessee has been confirmed as one eight teams in the field for the 2013 Battle 4 Atlantis, which takes place annually at the Atlantis Royal Towers Resort on Paradise Island, Bahamas.
Seven of the eight teams in next year’s field were announced Saturday. Joining the Volunteers in the 2013 field are Kansas, Villanova, Wake Forest, USC, UTEP and Xavier. The eighth team will be announced at a later date.
“I love being a part of early-season tournament like this, and we’re really looking forward to Atlantis,” Tennessee coach Cuonzo Martin said. “The field is incredible, so it will give us an early gauge of where we stand. It also gives our fans another great vacation destination, so we’re hoping to have a lot of Vol fans down in the Bahamas supporting Tennessee.”
The Battle 4 Atlantis tournament started in 2011. The games are played in the Imperial Arena, a grand ballroom that is turned into a basketball venue. Unusual, but it seems to work.
Tennessee’s looming appearance in the Bahamas continues a stretch of trips to exotic destinations. In just the last three years, the Vols have traveled to the U.S. Virgin Islands, Los Angeles, Maui, Italy and Puerto Rico.
Last week, Duke used the Battle 4 Atlantis as a springboard to the No. 2 ranking in both major polls, winning the tournament after taking out Minnesota, VCU and Louisville.