Bad Boy Mowers Battle 4 Atlantis voted as top early season tournament
All eyes will be on The Bahamas over the Thanksgiving weekend when some of the top National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Division I Basketball teams compete in the seventh edition of the Bad Boy Mowers Battle 4 Atlantis Tournament at the Atlantis Resort on Paradise Island.
Sports Illustrated yesterday ranked the Battle 4 Atlantis tournament as the top early season college basketball tournament to watch. The B4A beat out popular tournaments such as the Maui Jim Maui Invitational and the Phil Knight Invitational.
The 2017 Battle 4 Atlantis tournament is set for November 22-24, and features eight teams, including nationally No.1 ranked University of Arizona, No. 5 ranked Villanova University, Purdue University, Western Kentucky University, University of Tennessee, North Carolina State, Southern Methodist University and the University of Northern Iowa.
B4A poses likely the most anticipated out-of-conference game this early in the season, a possible matchup between Arizona and Villanova.
Villanova has climbed the rankings this offseason, while the Wildcats added highly sought after freshman Deandre Ayton, who will play his first game in The Bahamas in years, and returned junior guard Allonzo Trier, a likely candidate for Player of the Year Honors.
Ayton’s return to The Bahamas will be one of the chief headlines surrounding the week-long event, as many will tune in to get their first look at the much talked about 7’1” center.
Ayton has played in three preseason exhibition games so far, and although he’s been good, Wildcats coach Sean Miller said this week that he expects Ayton to be really hitting his groove around the time team travels to The Bahamas.
“Toward the end of our last game Deandre was cramping up. The minutes [played in] each game are the difference between high school and college,” Miller said.
“We had a shoot around earlier in the day and then he went out and played 24 minutes, which probably felt like 40 minutes for him. We are still in early November, but learning to take in more water and learning about a good diet are some things freshmen usually learn around this point.
“In a couple of weeks when we go to The Bahamas, the climate, playing three games in three days and the minutes will be something that he is more ready for.”
The B4A quarterfinals are set for Wednesday, November 22nd; the semifinals for Thanksgiving Day, November 23rd; and the finals for Friday, November 24th.
Bad Boy Mowers will serve as the title-sponsor of this year’s tournament. The games are played in the Imperial Arena, a grand ballroom transformed into a truly unique basketball venue. Games are televised on ESPN networks throughout the tournament.
The Phil Knight Invitational-Motion Bracket finished second in Sports Illustrated’s Poll, followed by the Phil Knight Invitational- Victory Bracket, the Hawaiian Airlines Diamond Head Classic and the Maui Jim Maui Invitational.