Wolfpack to play in Battle 4 Atlantis in 2017
The N.C. State men’s basketball team will play in the 2017 Battle 4 Atlantis, held at the Atlantis Resort on Paradise Island, Bahamas, ESPN announced Friday afternoon.
The 12-game, three-day tournament will be held over Thanksgiving weekend in 2017 – Nov. 22-24 – and is regarded as one of the most challenging early-season tournaments in college basketball.
The Wolfpack join a loaded field that will also feature Arizona, Northern Iowa, Purdue, SMU, Tennessee, Villanova and Western Kentucky.
The 2017 tournament field boasts a combined 16 Final Four appearances and five National Championships.
N.C. State’s appearance in the 2017 Battle 4 Atlantis will mark the second consecutive season the Pack have played a nonconference tournament in the Caribbean. This season, N.C. State played three games in the Paradise Jam held at the U.S. Virgin Islands.
The team will also plays its first home game in 13 days Saturday afternoon when it hosts Loyola (Chicago) at 4 p.m. in PNC Arena. The Wolfpack are 4-1 on the season, while Loyola enters the contest with a 5-1 record.
Elon: The Phoenix overcame a nine-point halftime deficit to defeat the Northern Illinois Huskies, 85-80, in double-overtime on Friday at the NIU Thanksgiving Classic. Steven Santa Ana led the way for the Phoenix with 20 points and seven rebounds.
Saint Augustine’s: On Friday, Anthony Gaskins surpassed the 1,000-point career mark in a 67-59 men’s basketball loss to Embry-Riddle University on the first day of the Daytona Mitsubishi/Kia Shootout at the ICI Center in Daytona Beach, Fla. Gaskins now has 1,014 career points after leading the Falcons with 18 in the contest.
Wake Forest: Back in the Sweet 16 for the second year in a row and the seventh time since 2006, the team is set to host SIUE on Sunday at 5 p.m. at Spry Stadium. First kick is set for 5 p.m. The Demon Deacons earned the No. 2 seed in the NCAA Tournament and earned a first-round bye with the seed. In two seasons under Bobby Muuss, the Deacs have now been the No. 1 overall seed and No. 2 overall seed.
Duke: For the fifth time in the last six years, the team (15-4-3) will play in the quarterfinals of the NCAA Championship as the third-seeded and 14th-ranked Blue Devils will compete at top-seeded and No. 1 ranked West Virginia (21-1-2) Saturday, Nov. 26 at 3 p.m., in Morgantown, W.Va. A win would send the Devils to the NCAA College Cup for the fourth time in school history and the second straight season (1992, 2011, 2015).
N.C. State: The team (5-1) got back to its winning ways on Friday afternoon, defeating UTEP 71-55 in its second game at the 2016 Basketball Travelers’ Paradise Jam. Led by a season-high 17 points from senior Miah Spencer on 7-12 shooting (3-4 from distance), the Wolfpack made short work of a five-point deficit in the second quarter and claimed the lead once and for all with 2:28 remaining in the first half when redshirt freshman Kaila Ealey sank two free throws.
Wake Forest/Elon: The Demon Deacons embark on a three-game road trip starting Saturday with a 2 p.m. matchup at Elon. Sunday marks the 17th all-time meeting between the Demon Deacons and Phoenix, but it’s the first matchup between the two with Elon in the Division I ranks. Overall, the Phoenix holds a 14-2 advantage and has won the last four meetings.
Shaw: The team fell to Wilmington University 73-55 on the first day of the Virginia State University Thanksgiving Classic on Friday in the VSU Multipurpose Center. The loss drops the Lady Bears to 1-4 on the season, while the Wildcats stand 2-3 on the year.
UNC: Paris Kea scored a career-high 32 points and Jamie Cherry dished out 12 assists on top of 17 points to lead the team to a thrilling 91-77 victory over Minnesota at the Junkanoo Jam. A game that featured 18 lead changes and 11 ties, the Tar Heels (5-1) was able to overcome a seven-point deficit that Minnesota (4-2) enjoyed in the first half and still led by five points in the fourth quarter. The Heels scored 34 points in the final quarter to pull away late. Stephanie Watts added 21 points in the victory.
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