The Battle 4 Atlantis is one of the premier preseason tournaments, and it features an extremely competitive eight-team field. VCU will face Memphis in the first round.
Over the past decade, VCU basketball has radically transformed its brand: from the Jeff Capel era of regional players to a nationally recognized NCAA tournament menace under Shaka Smart. This season, “HAVOC” is getting its passport and going overseas to Italy and the Bahamas.
The Battle 4 Atlantis tournament, held from November 22nd – 24th on Paradise Island in the Bahamas, is one of the premier preseason tournaments, and it features an extremely competitive eight-team field. Today, the Battle 4 Atlantis announced its schedule.
In the first round, VCU will face Memphis at 7pm on Thursday, November 22nd1 (televised on the NBC Sports Network). On the 23rd, the Rams will face either Duke or Minnesota. VCU is just 1-4 against Memphis with the last meeting in 1992 going to the Tigers 85-58.
As a legitimate national title contender, Louisville will likely be the favorite, but Memphis, Duke, VCU, Missouri, and Minnesota all have justified preseason top-25 aspirations. Reigning NIT champions Stanford and Missouri-Valley Conference power Northern Iowa round out the eight team field.
The Rams have a 9-15 all-time record against the field, but VCU is 3-0 against the field since the Siegel Center opened in 1999 with wins over Louisville, Duke, and Northern Iowa.
Download the full bracket can be found here (PDF).
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- Former VCU AD Norwood Teague along with David Benedict and Mike Ellis all left VCU this offseason to join the Minnesota athletics department.
- Minnesota coach Tubby Smith was an assistant at VCU from 1979-1986. In 1998 he won the national championship as the head coach at Kentucky.
- VCU beat Northern Iowa last season 77-68 as part of the ESPN Bracketbusters event. The Rams will travel to Northern Iowa this season to face the Panthers.
- After falling behind by twenty points, the Rams beat Louisville in the Stuart C. Siegel Center debut in 1999.
- Mascot confusion: The Louisville Cardinals and Stanford Cardinal join the Memphis Tigers and Missouri Tigers in the tournament.
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- That’s Thanksgiving. ↩