Oregon Basketball Set to Compete In the Battle 4 Atlantis In 2019


Oregon Basketball sets early non-conference tournament match-up for 2019 and will play in the Bahamas.

Do you love the beach, fantastic waterparks, gambling like a degenerate and watching Oregon hoops?

If so, the 2019 Battle 4 Atlantis is something you’ll want to mark on your calendars. That’s right, Dana Altman and the 2019-20 Ducks will pack up and head down to the Bahamas for the annual eight team tournament hosted in the ballroom of the beautiful Atlantis resort, per CBS Sports’ Jon Rothstein.

The Battle 4 Atlantis is always a highly competitive event in late November (generally over Thanksgiving) and next year’s slate of opponents is particularly strong. Oregon will be joined in the tropic resort by the likes of North Carolina, Gonzaga, Michigan, Iowa State, Seton Hall, Alabama, and Southern Miss. Seven of the eight invited teams have made the tournament at least once in the past two seasons. Five made the 2018 tournament alone.

The official bracket hasn’t been released yet, so it’s unclear who Oregon will square off against; but we do know they’re guaranteed three games. I’m really hoping one of those matchups comes against North Carolina and old Roy Boy’s gang, because it’s high time we get some revenge on the Heels for their despicable act in the 2016 Final Four.

Yeah, I know. I’m getting ahead of myself and this event is still over a year away. But still, I’m really excited for it. I’ve long thought Oregon doesn’t play enough quality opponents in the non-conference, and here is the perfect opportunity to play two or three quality Power 5 teams. They didn’t play three quality opponents in the entire 2018 non-conference slate.

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Now, the Atlantis. It is godly. I actually visited the Atlantis last month with a buddy of mine to watch Kentucky wipe the floor with Serbian nobodies. Let me tell you: the Atlantis is ridiculously nice, but very expensive; and if you can go, and love watching basketball, you should. It’s a fantastic experience. Everyone hangs out in the hotel casino and waterparks–you’re guaranteed to run into some players and coaches. Plus, it’s the Bahamas. Paradise. That alone if reason enough.

Either way, I’m excited that Oregon is going to be part of a marquee College Basketball event once again, even if the tournament is fifteen months from now.

With Oregon likely to return to the NCAA Tournament in 2018-19, the 2019-20 Ducks will have the opportunity to showcase their prestige early in the season. The rest of the 2018 non-conference matchups are yet to be scheduled.