PARADISE ISLAND, BAHAMAS - Eight teams will participate in the second annual Battle 4 Atlantis on November 22-24, 2012, the richest Division I Men's pre-season college basketball tournament. The pulse-pounding event will be televised live from the 3,900 seat arena at the famed Atlantis Resort on Paradise Island, Bahamas on AXS TV and NBC Sports Network. The eight teams in the 2012 Battle 4 Atlantis field combined have more than 160 NCAA postseason appearances. In addition to Duke University's five NCAA National Championship titles, with the most recent being 2010, University of Louisville advanced to the 2012 NCAA Final Four® and Virginia Commonwealth University in 2011.
Duke University, University of Louisville, University of Memphis, University of Minnesota, University of Missouri, University of Northern Iowa, Stanford University and Virginia Commonwealth University will battle it out in a 12-game tournament televised live to millions of sports fans nationwide. AXS TV will air coverage of the tournament at 1:00 pm ET and 3:30 pm ET, while NBC Sports will broadcast the daily 7:00 pm and 9:30 pm games starting on November 22 (please check your local listings). AXS TV is available nationally on DirecTV (channel 306), Dish (channel 131), AT&T U-Verse (channel 1106), Verizon FiOS (channel 569) as well as Charter, Comcast Xfinity, Insight, Suddenlink and other TV providers.
The Battle 4 Atlantis first game brackets beginning on November 22 are as follows:
Game 1: Missouri vs. Stanford (live at 1:00pm ET on AXS TV)
Game 2: Duke vs. Minnesota (live at 3:30pm ET on AXS TV)
Game 3: Memphis vs. VCU (live at 7:00pm ET on NBC Sports)
Game 4: Louisville vs. Northern Iowa (live at 9:30pm ET on NBC Sports)
The half-million dollar arena at Atlantis boasts state-of-the-art regulation facilities situated at the epicenter of the famous resort with the world's largest open-air marine habitat. Atlantis also boasts lavish guest accommodations, marquee restaurants including Mesa Grill and Nobu, a Mandara Spa, a state-of-the-art waterscape with slides and rivers and the largest casino in the Caribbean.
"We are excited about the opportunity to be a part of the Battle 4 Atlantis Tournament. It is obviously a very talented field of teams in which the eventual champion will have been supremely challenged for three straight days. It is our honor to participant in this coming season and to take our basketball program to the Bahamas," says Coach Mike Krzyzewski, current coach of the USA Basketball Men's National Team at the 2012 London Olympics and Duke University's men's basketball coach.
"To have secured such a talented field of players for the Battle 4 Atlantis 2012 tournament has succeeded in making this destination the pre-eminent college basketball tournament for years to come. We are excited to have partnered with AXS TV and NBC Sports to broadcast the tournament, allowing us to share this sports experience with millions of fans," says George Markantonis, President & Managing Director, Kerzner International Bahamas.
To see the action live, Battle 4 Atlantis ticket and travel packages can be booked by calling 1-800-Atlantis or www.battle4atlantis.com.
About Atlantis, Paradise Island resort, The Bahamas
Atlantis, Paradise Island is the flagship resort of Kerzner International, a leading international developer and operator of destination resorts, casinos and luxury hotels. This unique, ocean-themed destination is located on Paradise Island, The Bahamas, and features a variety of accommodations, all built around a 141-acre waterscape comprised of over 20 million gallons of fresh and saltwater lagoons, pools and habitats. Home to the largest open-air marine habitat in the world, there are over 50,000 marine animals in lagoons and displays, including The Dig, a maze of underwater corridors and passageways providing a journey through ancient Atlantis.
Atlantis is home to Aquaventure, a non-stop water experience consisting of thrilling water slides, a mile-long river ride with high intensity rapids and wave surges, and never-before-seen special effects. Dolphin Cay, the resort's interaction and education center, was created with the goal of enlightening visitors about the wonders of these remarkable ocean inhabitants. The Cove Atlantis, a 600-room resort, features oversized rooms with a step down living space, spectacular designs by acclaimed interior architects Jeffrey Beers and David Rockwell, unprecedented services and amenities, private all-adult and family pools, lavish cabanas and breathtaking views of the ocean. Atlantis is also known as THE culinary destination in The Caribbean with a collection of restaurants from world-renowned chefs including Nobu Matsuhisa, Jean-Georges Vongerichten and Bobby Flay. The resort boasts an impressive collection of luxury boutiques and shops, and the largest casino, conference center and meeting and convention facilities in The Caribbean.
For further information about Atlantis, Paradise Island; telephone 954-809-2000, or visit Atlantis.com. For reservations, call your travel agent or 800-ATLANTIS.
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