June 17, 2011
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (seminoles.com) –
The Florida State men’s basketball team, which advanced to the Sweet 16 of the 2011 NCAA Tournament, will play in the inaugural Battle 4 Atlantis at the Atlantis Hotel in the Bahamas, Nov. 23-27 in the newest early season college basketball exempt tournament that will be played over the Thanksgiving Holiday during the upcoming season. The eight team tournament will include the Seminoles, national champion Connecticut, Central Florida, College of Charleston, Harvard, Massachusetts, North Carolina Ashville and Utah with each team guaranteed three games.
“We are very excited to be playing in the Battle 4 Atlantis; the event will quickly become one of the most high profile events in all of college basketball and it is certainly one of the highlights of our schedule for the upcoming season,” said head Coach Leonard Hamilton. “This is a great event for our team to play because of the high level of competition we will see in each game which will serve to help us as we play similar teams when we get into ACC play.”
The NCAA’s Division I Board of Directors approved the proposal for the tournament without discussion on January allowing it to join Canada and Mexico as the only countries with exempt status for NCAA basketball games. The tournament will limit participation to one team per conference each year and require teams to wait four years before returning. Each of the games will be played on a temporary court inside an ornate ballroom that can hold up to 5,000 spectators and was the site of the 2009 Miss Universe Pageant.
“This event is something our guests and college basketball fans around the nation will love,” said George Markantonis, president and marketing director of Kerzner international Bahamas, which spearheaded the tournament. “There simply isn’t a better way to celebrate a Thanksgiving Holiday.”
Florida State has been very successful under Hamilton in recent holiday tournaments. The Seminoles won the championships of 2009 Global Sports Classic in Las Vegas and the 2010 Old Spice Classic in Orlando and finished in third in the 2011 Diamond Head Classic in Honolulu.
Florida State holds a winning record over four of the seven other teams in
the tournament including an all-time record of 4-2 against Connecticut. The Seminoles are 8-0 all time against UCF and 3-0 all-time against both Charleston and UNC Asheville. Charleston is led by former Georgia Tech Head Coach Bobby Cremins with former Seminole Andrew Wilson serving as one of his assistant coaches.
Florida State’s complete schedule is expected to be released on or about Sept. 1.
Florida State vs. The Field Opponent Series Record Last Game Result Connecticut FSU, 4-2 Nov. 26, 1997 FSU, 67-60 Central Florida FSU, 8-0 Dec. 28, 2989 FSU, 97-64 College of Charleston FSU, 3-0 Dec. 18, 2007 FSU, 66-61 Harvard First Meeting Massachusetts UMass, 3-2 Feb. 12, 2006 FSU, 73-63 North Carolina Asheville FSU, 3-0 Jan. 6, 2001 FSU, 76-68 Utah First Meeting