Strong field will Battle 4 Atlantis

Updated: December 3, 2013, 11:39 AM ET
By Andy Katz | ESPN.com

The Battle 4 Atlantis might end up with the strongest field of all of next year's nonconference November tournaments after the headliners were revealed Tuesday.

The 2014 edition of the tournament in Paradise Island, Bahamas, will include Florida, North Carolina, UCLA, Georgetown, Wisconsin, Butler, Oklahoma and UAB.

A day after beating then-No. 2 Kansas, Villanova defeated Iowa in overtime Saturday to win this season's event.

There is a chance that at least five of the eight teams in next year's field will be ranked in the preseason Associated Press Top 25.

The participants were set prior to the formation of the new Big East, meaning Georgetown and Butler will likely be put in opposite brackets. Tournaments have dealt with this in the past year. For instance, Creighton and Marquette, two other Big East teams, were put on opposite sides in last week's Wooden Legacy tournament.

ESPN will be the broadcast partner of the Battle 4 Atlantis next season, sharing the tournament with AXS TV.

Andy Katz | email

Senior Writer, ESPN.com

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