Iowa’s basketball team will tipoff competition in the talent-filled Battle 4 Atlantis with a Thanksgiving-evening game against Xavier.
It was announced this morning that the Hawkeyes and Muskateers will play their match-up at the Atlantis Royal Towers Resort on Paradise Island in the Bahamas at 6 p.m. on Nov. 28, the first day of a tourney which also includes Kansas, Tennessee, Villanova, USC, Wake Forest and UTEP.
The field for the tourney includes teams which have combined to make 191 NCAA tourney appearances, 25 Final Four appearances and five national championships.
Iowa’s opener is against a team it has met just twice, most recently in the 2010 Paradise Jam where Xavier won an 86-73 game. The Hawkeyes won the only other game 33-28 in 1938.
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The winner and loser of the Iowa-Xavier game will play either Tennessee or UTEP in its second game. The tourney’s two 2013 NCAA qualifiers, Kansas and Villanova, are in the opposite bracket. Villanova plays USC in the tourney opener while top-seeded Kansas plays Wake Forest in a 2:30 p.m. game that day.
Harvard won the inaugural Battle 4 Atlantis in 2011 and Duke won the event a year ago. The three-day tournament runs through Nov. 30 and Iowa’s opening round game is scheduled for a national telecast on the NBC Sports Network, which is available on Quad-City area cable systems as well as on satellite systems.
The Hawkeyes’ three games in the Bahamas precede a home game in the Big Ten/ACC Challenge against Notre Dame on Dec. 3. The remainder of Iowa’s non-conference schedule is expected to be released next month.