NC State has released this interesting video (originally surfaced at Backing the Pack) of Director of Basketball Operations Jeff Dunlap explaining how the Wolfpack goes about their non-conference scheduling. It provides great insight and notes many of the points that VU Hoops regulars suggest in how Villanova should shape its non-conference schedule.
Dunlap explains the factors in determining opponents for home & homes, Conference Challenges, "Buy Games", and most importantly multi-team events.
The video is interesting on those merits alone as the ACC school lifts up its proverbial kimono from a scheduling sense. But the interesting part is Dunlap's white board in the background that shows NC State participating in the 2016 Paradise Jam and the 2017 Battle 4 Atlantis.
For Villanova fans who can squint their eyes real well, it appears that 'Nova will be returning to the Bahamas in 2017 for the exempt tournament along with the Wolfpack, Arizona, and Mississippi State.
What do you think about our eyesight?
Founded in 2011, the Battle 4 Atlantis is a relatively young preseason exempt tournament, but its offering of unprecedented riches to participants has advanced it into one of the elite early-season events in college hoops. The Battle awards over $2 million to participating teams annually.
Villanova won the 2013 Battle 4 Atlantis by defeating Southern California, Kansas, and Iowa.