- Associated Press - Saturday, November 26, 2016

PARADISE ISLAND, Bahamas (AP) - Reigning NCAA champion Villanova and Arizona will headline next year’s Battle 4 Atlantis.

The tournament announced its eight-team field for 2017 on Friday, the final day of this year’s event. It also includes power-conference teams North Carolina State, Purdue and Tennessee.

Northern Iowa, SMU and Western Kentucky round out the field.

The tournament, played in a temporary arena in a ballroom at the Atlantis resort, will be played during the Thanksgiving holiday from Nov. 22-24, 2017.

This year’s field featured three ranked teams in No. 10 Louisville, No. 20 Baylor and No. 24 Michigan State. Baylor rallied from 22 down to beat Louisville in Friday’s championship game.


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