Wake Forest to Play Kansas in Battle 4 Atlantis Tournament
July 29, 2013
By Scott Wortman, Wake Forest Athletic Communications (@TieDyeNation)
The Demon Deacons' opening game will be televised live on AXS TV. All afternoon games (1:00 and 3:30) during the three-day tournament will air on AXS, while the evening games (7:00 and 9:30) will air on the NBC Sports Network.
Wake Forest will face either Villanova or USC on the second day of the tournament on Friday. The winners bracket game will be at 9:30 p.m., while the losers bracket game will tip off at 3:30 p.m. On the final day of the event on Saturday, the Deacons will face Iowa, Tennessee, UTEP or Xavier.
Wake Forest will host The Citadel on Thursday, Nov. 21, at the LJVM Coliseum as a play-in game to start the tournament.
Wake Forest and Kansas have split four previous meetings on the hardwood. Most recently, the teams split a home-and-home series during the 2001 and 2002 seasons, with each squad winning on their home court. The Deacons and Jayhawks have also split NCAA Tournament matchups, with Wake Forest winning in 1984 and Kansas winning in the 1994 Elite Eight.
Kansas will return 10 letterwinners from last season's squad that finished 31-6 and won its ninth-straight Big 12 championship. The Jayhawks are ranked as high as fifth in the 2013-14 national preseason polls.
AXS TV is available nationally on DIRECTV (channel 340), Dish (channel 131), AT&T U-Verse (channel 1106), Verizon FiOS (channel 569) as well as Charter, Comcast Xfinity, Insight, Suddenlink and other TV providers.
This will mark Wake Forest's first-ever appearance in the Battle 4 Atlantis. ACC rival Duke won last year's tournament, while fellow ACC foe Florida State took fourth place in the tournament in 2011.
The Deacons will be playing in the Caribbean for the second-straight season after participating in the Paradise Jam in the U.S. Virgin Islands this past November. Wake Forest will be returning to Nassau, Bahamas, for the first time since playing two preseason games there prior to the 2006-07 season.
The Battle 4 Atlantis games are played in the Imperial Arena, a grand ballroom which is turned into a basketball venue. The half-million dollar temporary stadium boasts state-of-the-art regulation facilities at the epicenter of the world's largest open-air marine habitat complete with lavish guest accommodations, restaurants, bars, spa, lounges, waterslides and the largest casino in the Bahamas. The event drew more than 4,000 fans to the 2012 championship game.
A variety of travel packages are available for Demon Deacon fans to support their team in the Bahamas. Visit WakeForestSportsTravel.com for more information.
Wake Forest vs. the Battle 4 Atlantis Field
Iowa - Wake Forest is 4-0 all-time against Iowa, having defeated the Hawkeyes twice in the ACC/Big Ten Challenge. The Deacons earned a 76-73 defeat of the Hawkeyes in their most recent meeting on Nov. 30, 2010 at the Joel Coliseum.
Kansas - The series between Wake Forest and Kansas is tied at two wins apiece. Most recently, the teams split a home-and-home series during the 2001 and 2002 seasons, with each squad winning on their home court. The Deacons and Jayhawks have also split NCAA Tournament matchups, with Wake Forest winning in 1984 and Kansas winning in the 1994 Elite Eight.
Tennessee - The Vols lead the series with the Deacons 6-2, but the teams have not met on the hardwood since the 1969-70 season when Tennessee picked up a 60-59 win. The series started in 1947-48, and Wake Forest earned wins in 1949-50 and 1959-60.
USC - Wake Forest won its only meeting with USC, picking up a 93-85 defeat of the Trojans in the 1954-55 Dixie Classic in Raleigh.
UTEP - The series between Wake Forest and UTEP is tied at one win apiece. The Miners beat the Deacons in the 1984-85 Sun Bowl Tournament. Most recently, Wake Forest defeated UTEP in the second round of the 76 Classic in Anaheim during the 2008-09 season.
Villanova - The Wildcats lead the series with the Deacons 7-2. Villanova has won three straight in the series, including a 70-57 win in the most recent meeting in the Rainbow Classic during the 1999-2000 season. The teams first met in a home-and-home series in 1930-31 with Villanova taking both matchups. Wake Forest earned wins in 1959-60 and in the 1962 NCAA Tournament in College Park, Md.
Xavier - The series between rivals Wake Forest and Xavier is tied at two wins apiece after the Deacons earned a 66-59 defeat of the Musketeers at the Joel Coliseum this past January. The teams will meet later in the 2013-14 season in Cincinnati for the fourth annual Skip Prosser Classic.