Nov 12, 2013; Cincinnati, OH, USA; Xavier Musketeers guard Semaj Christon (0) brings the ball down court during the first half against the Tennessee Volunteers at the Cintas Center. Mandatory Credit: Frank Victores-USA TODAY Sports

Battle 4 Atlantis Preview; Villanova AND Xavier in the Field [BRACKET]


What is the Battle 4 Atlantis:

An eight team tournament taking place on the Atlantis resort in the Bahamas from November 28th to the 30th.

Teams involved:

Villanova, Xavier, Kansas, Wake Forest, USC, Tennessee, Iowa, UTEP

How can you watch:

AXS TV (this one may take some digging to find)

Team comparison:

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Thoughts:

Just as with the Wooden Legacy (you can read that preview here), the Battle 4 Atlantis also showcases two Big East teams (same deal, the field was determined before conference re-alignment).  Here we get Villanova and Xavier, two teams that are undefeated and who appear to be a bit better than most expected.  However, I don’t think the odds of the Wildcats and Musketeers meeting in the championship are as high, in my opinion, as they are for Creighton and Marquette in the Wooden Legacy.  If Villanova gets by USC (which they should), they would likely play Kansas (the #2 ranked team in the country); providing a stiff test.  But it’s a game I hope takes place, as I believe Villanova has the talent to surprise a team like Kansas.

Also of note in this tournament, we could see a rematch of a game that just took place three weeks ago, Xavier vs. Tennessee.  The Musketeers won on their home floor 67-63, in what was the Volunteers’ first game of the season.  I’m sure Tennessee would like another crack at the X-men with a few games under their belt and on a neutral court this time.  But for that matchup to happen, Xavier would have to get by a very tough Iowa team in their opening round tilt.  The Hawkeyes are currently ranked #23 in the country, and will likely be a serious contender in the Big 10 this season.  This will be the toughest test for Xavier thus far in this young season.

Prediction:

While it should be a good game, I don’t see Villanova getting by Kansas in the second round.  However, I think Xavier is better than most think and takes down Iowa, who hasn’t played a quality opponent yet this season.  And if they see Tennessee in the next round, they already beat them once, so they should be able to do it again.  However, that Jayhawk team is pretty good.

Kansas over Xavier

Bracket:

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