Zags to play Southern Miss in first round of Battle 4 Atlantis tournament
SPOKANE, Wash. — On Thursday, matchups for the 2019 Battle 4 Atlantis were announced, pitting Gonzaga against Southern Miss in the first round.
Sources: Matchups for the 2019 Battle 4 Atlantis are set.
— Jon Rothstein (@JonRothstein) July 11, 2019
The Battle 4 Atlantis is an annual preseason college basketball tournament, played the week of Thanksgiving on Paradise Island in Nassau, Bahamas. Each team that participates in the Battle 4 Atlantis is awarded $2 million, the most offered by any NCAA tournament. The tournament is televised on ESPN, ESPN 2 and ESPNU.
The matchups in the Battle 4 Atlantis are considered non-conference regular season games, so they do count for Gonzaga’s overall 2019-20 record.
Gonzaga has looked good this offseason, ESPN’s “way-too-early” preseason poll has them at No. 7 in the nation. Gonzaga has returning stars in Cory Kispert and Killian Tillie, as well as a recruiting class ranked 11th in the nation by 247Sports. The matchup against Southern Miss is the first opportunity for the Zags play a non-exhibition game in the 2019-20 season.
☀️The Zags are returning to Paradise! �
The Battle 4 Atlantis bracket is out and we face Southern Miss to start the tournament Nov. 27 in the Bahamas! �️
— Gonzaga Basketball (@ZagMBB) July 11, 2019
With a 20-13 record, Southern Miss finished second in Conference USA last season, and was not ranked in the postseason AP poll. While they have ten returning players on their roster, they also have a new coach. Jay Ladner recently replaced Doc Sadler, who resigned to return to Nebraska after his 5th season with the Golden Eagles.
This is Gonzaga’s second appearance in the Battle 4 Atlantis. In 2015, the Zags beat the Washington Huskies 80-64, but fell to Texas A&M 62-61 in the semifinal.
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