Battle 4 Atlantis Game Previews and Bracketology
The Battle 4 Atlantis has quickly become one of the best early season tournaments in all of College Basketball. This year is no different as there will be two Top-10 teams in Villanova and Arizona in the tournament. In all likelihood they will meet in the Finals, but you never know if there will be an upset early on that prevents that potential matchup.
Villanova 87 Western Kentucky 59
A matchup between one of the best mid-majors in College Basketball in Western Kentucky against one of the best teams in College Basketball in Villanova will test both teams. The Wildcats come in as a Top-10 team but have yet to really play anyone good yet, so a matchup against a good Western Kentucky team will test them. The Hilltoppers come into this game at 2-1, with that loss being to Missouri State, but they currently have seven guys scoring in double figures. This game will probably be somewhat close at the half but in the second half the Wildcats will run away with this game and win big.
Purdue 89 Tennessee 77
Maybe the best opening round matchup in the Battle 4 Atlantis will see an experienced Purdue team go up against an unproven Tennessee team. The Volunteers come into this season looking to get back to the NCAA Tournament. They are 2-0, with two dominant wins over bad teams, so this will be their first real test this season. The Boilermakers come into this season returning everyone but Caleb Swanigan from last years team, so they are battle tested. Look for this game to be close throughout, however a proven Boilermakers team will close out the Volunteers late.
SMU 79 Northern Iowa 61
The first round game that will provide the least interest from fans will see the SMU Mustangs go up against the Northern Iowa Panthers. The Panthers are consistently one of the best mid-major teams in College Basketball, however they seem to be rebuilding still from that great 2016 run to the Round of 32. The Mustangs come in also in a seemingly in a rebuilding year, but will stilll have a good chance at a NCAA Tournament bid. Look for SMU to grab and early lead and hold onto it throughout the second half, winning the game by over 15 points.
Arizona 94 NC State 68
A matchup between two historically good programs sees NC State go up against Arizona. The Wildcats come into this year with high expectations, with a clear Top-5 team and for fans a Final Four or Bust mentality. Meanwhile the Wolfpack come into the year in a rebuilding state of mind, as they just hired Kevin Keatts, so it would be unlikely they make the NCAA Tournament this year. This game shouldn’t be close as the Wildcats are the superior team, look for the Wildcats to win by over 20 points.
Western Kentucky 80 Tennessee 73
The consolation Bracket will see an interesting matchup that will feature two potentially good teams in Western Kentucky and Tennessee. This game should be a close one throughout, however late in the game Western Kentucky will pull away late and win 80-73.
Northern Iowa 66 NC State 75
In a matchup between two seemingly rebuilding teams will see NC State go up against Northern Iowa. This game should be close as I don’t see either team pulling away. Late the Wolfpack will have a lead and then the foul game will make the game have a bigger margin then there actually was.
Villanova 77 Purdue 73
A matchup between two great programs will see the Purdue Boilermakers go up against Villanova Wildcats. This will be the game that draws the most attention out of any of the games on Thanksgiving because it will be between two AP Top-25 teams. Look for this game to be close throughout, however some late game heroics by Jalen Brunson will lift the Wildcats to a 77-73 victory over Purdue.
SMU 64 Arizona 85
The other semifinal game on Thanksgiving will see a good SMU team go up against Arizona for a spot in the Battle 4 Atlantis title game. This game will be the toughest one the Wildcats will have to play to this point, however this will still result in a victory. Look for the game to be close in the first half and then in the second half the Wildcats will break the game open and win by around 20.
Tennessee 85 Northern Iowa 71
The matchup for 7th place will see a young Tennessee go up against Northern Iowa. The Volunteers will come into this game in desperate need for something good to take away from the Battle 4 Atlantis. Look for the Volunteers to get out to a great start and will take a double digit lead into the half, the Panthers will try to make runs but the Volunteers will hold on and win by about 15.
NC State 74 Western Kentucky 79
The battle for fifth place will see an interesting matchup between a young NC State team and a veteran lead Western Kentucky team. The Hilltoppers will be looking to backdoor a two wins in the Battle 4 Atlantis, while the Wolfpack will look for glimmer of hope to to take away from future of the program. This game will be close throughout, but late in the game the Hilltoppers will take the lead and hold on to win.
Purdue 78 SMU 74
The third place game in the Battle 4 Atlantis will see two experienced teams in Purdue and SMU face each other. The Mustangs will look to gather a win that could help them in the long run make the NCAA Tournament. While the Boilermakers will look to end a trip to the Bahamas with a victory in the third place game. The Mustangs will get off to a hot start and take a 10 point lead into the half. In the second half the Boilermakers will wake up and come back to tie and take the lead, then hold off the Mustangs late.
Arizona 80 Villanova 73
The Championship game will feature two Top-10 teams in Villanova and Arizona. While both teams are considered experienced, they will combine to start only one senior, that being Parker Jackson-Cartwright. Villanova will look to try to slow the tempo down and make Arizona work for everything offensively. Arizona will probably try to keep the tempo up as much as possible and get Allonzo Trier and DeAndre Ayton going on the offensive end. Look for this game to go back and forth throughout, however late in the game Allonzo Trier will hit a series of clutch shots to lift the Arizona Wildcats to a Battle 4 Atlantis title.