Investigative work gave us the tip 17½ months ago that Villanova would be returning to the 2017 Battle 4 Atlantis. Jon Rothstein later added credibility to the rumor 5 months ago.
Now, it is confirmed that Villanova will be returning to the Bahamas next November.
The Battle continues in 2017... #Battle4Atlantis. https://t.co/EjC14T7YzJ pic.twitter.com/TbPL3z4ehy— Atlantis (@Atlantisresort) November 25, 2016
From November 22nd through the 24th, 'Nova will be joined by the Arizona Wildcats, the Big Ten's Purdue Boilermakers (for the second consecutive pre-season), a 2015 NCAA re-match against the North Carolina State Wolfpack, the Tennessee Volunteers, Western Kentucky Hilltoppers, and Northern Iowa Panthers.
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.
Baylor won this year’s Battle.