The Wichita State men’s basketball team could be headed to the Bahamas for the second time in four years.
According to a tweet from Stadium’s Jeff Goodman on Wednesday morning, the Shockers will be among eight teams included in the 2020 Battle 4 Atlantis field. WSU played in the early-season tournament in 2016, losing, 77-72, in the third-place game to Michigan State.
The tournament guarantees teams three games in three days the week of Thanksgiving with the games being played at the Imperial Arena at Atlantis Paradise Island in Nassau, the capital of the Bahamas. A spokesperson for the WSU men’s basketball team could not confirm WSU’s entry when asked Wednesday, but official word from the tournament is expected to be released this November.
According to Goodman, the Shockers will be in good company. His tweet included the likes of Duke, Ohio State, Texas A&M, West Virginia, Utah and Creighton in the 2020 field with one more spot to be filled.
With WSU’s young core (Teddy Allen, Dexter Dennis, Erik Stevenson, Jamarius Burton, Morris Udeze and Isaiah Poor Bear-Chandler would all be juniors for the 2020-21 season), the Shockers could figure to be a prominent team in the field.
The tournament has quickly become of the top early-season college basketball events, with games aired on ESPN. Battle 4 Atlantis also pays nearly $2 million in prize money to its eight participants. Not only would WSU have its airfare and hotel rooms paid for by the tournament, but it might also score $150,000 for just stepping on the court.
WSU will also play at a tropical location for its 2019 early-season tournament, as the Shockers are slated to play in the Cancun Challenge this coming November. WSU plays South Carolina on Nov. 26, then will face either Northern Iowa or West Virginia the following day.