UConn men's, women's basketball teams to play in Bahamas in November

Published on Tuesday, 26 January 2021 18:07
Written by CARL ADAMEC

JOURNAL INQUIRER

With the COVID-19 pandemic raging it’s tough for UConn men’s and women’s basketball fans to look a week ahead at the Huskies’ schedules, let alone 10 months.

But UConn athletic administration is hopeful that a destination vacation will be in the future this November for their supporters.

Contracts have been signed for the Huskies’ men’s and women’s teams to take part in the Battle 4 Atlantis scheduled to be played at Atlantis Paradise Island on Paradise Island in Nassau, Bahamas the week of Thanksgiving.

The women’s tournament is set to run Saturday to Monday, Nov. 20-22. The men’s tournament is scheduled for Wednesday to Friday, Nov. 24-26.

The eight-team men’s field will also have Arizona State, Auburn, Baylor, Loyola Chicago, Michigan State, Syracuse, and Virginia Commonwealth.

The eight-team women’s field will also include Buffalo, Minnesota, Oklahoma, Oregon, South Carolina, South Florida, and Syracuse.

The 2020 tournaments were canceled due to the pandemic.

Games are played in the Imperial Arena, a grand ballroom which is turned into a basketball venue.

The UConn men will be making their third appearance in the event.

In 2011, they beat UNC-Asheville, lost to Central Florida, then topped Florida State in the third-place game. In 2015, the Huskies opened with a win over Michigan but then fell to Syracuse and Gonzaga to take fourth.

The 2021 tourney will be the inaugural for the women.

Of note, UConn is already scheduled to play at South Carolina, at Oklahoma, and at Oregon during the 2021-22 season, though changes could be made to the slate due to the pandemic.

USF was a long-time Big East and American Athletic Conference opponent for the Huskies. UConn last faced Minnesota in the 2004 Final Four semifinals, while it faced former Big East foe Syracuse in the 2016 national championship game and the 2017 NCAA second round. The Huskies hosted Buffalo for a 2019 NCAA second-round game.

The UConn women have not lost an in-season tournament game since December 1992.



Posted in The Bristol Press, UConn on Tuesday, 26 January 2021 18:07. Updated: Tuesday, 26 January 2021 18:09.