Pac-12, Big East teams headline 2017 Battle 4 Atlantis tournament

The Battle 4 Atlantis tournament, held at Paradise Island in the Bahamas, announced the eight-team field for 2017.

Among power-five conference teams are defending NCAA champion Villanova, Arizona, NC State, Purdue and Tennessee. Also included are Northern Iowa, SMU and Western Kentucky -- each respectable programs in their own right.

Villanova won this tournament in its last appearance in 2013, defeating Iowa in the final.

The Battle 4 Atlantis has emerged as one of the best tournaments to help kick off the hoops season. Despite being two weeks into the season, it always draws intrigue with big names and big games played during the Thanksgiving holiday week. Next year's event will take place Nov. 22-24.

This season featured three top 25 teams: No. 10 Louisville, No. 20 Baylor and No. 24 Michigan State.

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