Paradise Island may have turned into Upset Island this weekend, but that’s not scaring off the eight schools who will compete at the 2012 Battle 4 Atlantis. Next year’s participants were just revealed at Imperial Arena: Duke University (2010 national champs), University of Louisville, University of Memphis, University of Minnesota, University of Missouri, University of Northern Iowa, Stanford University and Virginia Commonwealth University.
HDNet and NBC Sports will carry the 12-game tournament. Next year’s field is robust – especially with the Blue Devils in the house. The eight teams have combined for more than 160 NCAA postseason appearances. In addition to Duke’s five national titles, VCU advanced to the 2011 NCAA Final Four.
The event, which resulted in a UCF-versus-Harvard University title game, will award more than $2 million to participating teams annually.
“To see our vision come to life this weekend at Battle 4 Atlantis with all the excitement and energy was truly remarkable,” says George Markantonis, president and managing director of Kerzner International Bahamas. “To have secured such a talented field of players for our inaugural tournament has succeeded in making this destination the pre-eminent college basketball tournament for years to come.”
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