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Iowa men to join Kansas in Bahamas event

[ 0 ] May 2, 2013 |

It will be Thanksgiving in the Bahamas, not Alaska, for the Iowa men’s basketball team in 2013.

The Hawkeyes will play in the Battle for Atlantis instead of the Great Alaska Shootout as originally planned.

“It’s a fabulous tournament and a phenomenal field,” coach Fran McCaffery said Thursday. “I’m thrilled we have this opportunity against the caliber of teams in this field.”

Iowa finished 25-13 last season, but a lukewarm nonconference schedule is one of the reasons McCaffery’s team didn’t get an NCAA Tournament at-large bid.

The Hawkeyes will be joined by Kansas, Tennessee, Villanova, Xavier, Wake Forest, Texas-El Paso and Southern California. Games are Nov. 28-30 at the Atlantis Royal Towers Resort on Paradise Island, Bahamas.

Iowa replaces Michigan State in the field. The Spartans withdrew to play in the Coaches vs. Cancer Classic at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, N.Y. Pairings and television information for the Battle for Atlantis will be released at a later date.

Four of the eight teams played in the postseason a year ago — Kansas and Villanova in the NCAA Tournament, Iowa and Tenneseee in the NIT. McCaffery started his college career at Wake Forest before transferring to Penn.

Wisconsin-Green Bay replaced Iowa in the Great Alaska Shootout field, which released its pairings Thursday. Indiana State, Harvard, Texas Christian, Tulsa, Pepperdine, Denver and host Alaska-Anchorage round out that field.

“The Great Alaska Shootout has a phenomenal tradition,” McCaffery said. “Either tournament would have been great. But this (Atlantis) is a great opportunity.”

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About Rick Brown: Rick Brown covers men's basketball for The Des Moines Register and Hawk Central. He's married and the father of two. He also covers golf for the Register. View author profile.

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