Iowa men's basketball 2013-14 schedule includes a trip to the Bahamas

BY CODY GOODWIN | MAY 03, 2013 5:00 AM

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The Iowa men’s basketball team will spend Thanksgiving in the Bahamas next season.

Fran McCaffery and Company will travel to the Atlantis Royal Towers Resort on Paradise Island from Nov. 28-30 for the 2013 Battle 4 Atlantis. The tournament replaces the originally scheduled Great Alaska Shootout.

The Battle 4 Atlantis features an eight-team field: Kansas, Tennessee, Villanova, USC, Wake Forest, UTEP, Xavier, and the Hawkeyes. Half of the field saw postseason action during the 2012-13 season: Kansas made it to the NCAA Sweet 16; Villanova’s season ended in the NCAA Tournament’s second round; Tennessee lost in the NIT’s first-round; and Iowa made a run to the NIT title game.

“Both the Great Alaska Shootout and Battle 4 Atlantis are phenomenal tournaments,” McCaffery said in a release. “The Great Alaska Shootout is a tournament rich in tradition, while the Battle 4 Atlantis is an exciting new tournament that began two years ago. We are excited about this new opportunity for our program and fans.”

This will be the third-annual Battle 4 Atlantis. Harvard won the inaugural tournament in 2011, and Duke won it last season.

The matchups for the tournament, as well as television information, will be announced at a later date.

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