The Battle 4 Atlantis is the most loaded tournament in college basketball. Four of the eight teams are rank in the top-25, and Michigan and Iowa State aren’t too far either. Gonzaga and North Carolina are the favorites in this tournament, but don’t sleep on Seton Hall or Oregon this week, as they can make some noise. Also, Alabama could surprise some people in the consolation bracket this week.
Dates: November 27-29, 2019
Location: Imperial Arena, Paradise Island, Bahamas
Michigan vs. Iowa State
North Carolina vs. Alabama
Gonzaga vs. Southern Miss
Seton Hall vs. Oregon
Teams, Part 1
Gonzaga comes into this tournament led by Filip Petrusev who averages 16.3 points and 7.8 rebounds per game. The Bulldogs ranks fourth in offensive efficiency and 15th in defensive efficiency, according to Kenpom. This team is ready to make another final four run, but we’ll see how they do in the Bahamas. Forward Killian Tillie was big piece to get back as he’s averaging 14 points for Gonzaga.
Cole Anthony will get to show scouts why he’s the best player in college basketball this week. The sixth-ranked Tar Heels are one of the favorites to win this tournament, and Anthony will need to be a big reason why. They rank 14th in rebounding percentage, and have a defense that can limit any offenses production. However, they have struggle to shoot the ball at times, as they’re only an average shooting team.
The Ducks are off to a hot start this year with wins over Memphis and Houston already. Senior guard Payton Pritchard is one of the best players in the country as he averages 19.4 points, 5.4 rebounds, and 5.6 assists per game this season. They thrive along the perimeter as they rank seventh in three-point shooting, and second in three-point defense. Their opening round game against Seton Hall is must watch.
Don’t sleep on Seton Hall this season. They’re another team that has a nationally ranked player in Myles Powell, who is averaging 22.6 points per game for the Pirates. They rank 17th in offensive efficiency, and 31st in defensive efficiency, according to Kenpom. Seton Hall as a deep team as well, as they rank 21st in bench minutes. They’ll hang with everyone in this tournament, just ask Michigan State.
Teams, Part 2
Juwan Howard has the Wolverines off to a 4-0 start in his first season. Also, they have four players averaging double digits, and their leading scorer Isaiah Livers, is averaging 17.3 points per game. This will be a big test to see how well Howard can coach against elite competition. John Beilein would be able to make Michigan a dark-horse to win this week, but can Howard find that same magic in him.
The Cyclones come into this week looking how they matchup against elite competition. Although it’s unlikely they’ll be playing in the championship on Friday, they still will be able to show the country that they’re worth being looked at in a consolation game. Their offense ranks 35th in efficiency, according to Kenpom. However, they have struggled at rebounding at time, so that could cost them this week.
Don’t sleep on this Crimson Tide team in Nate Oats’ first year. Despite being 2-2, this team is going to run on offense. They rank second in tempo, and 89th in offensive efficiency, according to Kenpom. However, they are one of the worst teams in three-point shooting, and turnovers. This has been an issue in their losses this season, and can be an issue going up against North Carolina.
This could be a long week for the Golden Eagles. They’re offense doesn’t do anything particularly well. They rank 310th in effective field-goal percentage, 308th in turnover percentage, and dead last in three-point shooting. Boban Jacdonmi is the only player that averages over 10 points per game. They’ll get their shot at Gonzaga on Wednesday.
North Carolina and Gonzaga should make it out of the first-round. The Iowa State and Michigan is really a toss up with how evenly matched they are. Seton Hall and Oregon is the best first-round matchup by far. Both of these teams can be a dark-horse to win this tournament, and also make a Final Four run this season. Seton Hall does have the slight edge over Oregon in this one, but this game is really going to be a toss up.
Potential semi-finals matchups
North Carolina should take care of either Michigan or Iowa State. The Tar Heels are a very good team all-around, and there isn’t anyone on the floor that will be able to matchup with Cole Anthony. The other semi-final matchup will be more interesting. Gonzaga will have to take on Oregon or Seton Hall, which won’t be easy. Seton Hall almost knocked off Michigan State earlier this season, so they can hang with Gonzaga. Oregon’s perimeter game will also be able to hang help them take on the Bulldogs if they get out of the first-round. Whoever Gonzaga plays, it will have a sweet-16 feel to it.
Potential finals matchup
Gonzaga, North Carolina, Oregon, and Seton Hall all have a shot at playing in the final. Seton Hall and Oregon play first-round, so that knocks one of them out, but the winner is talented enough to take down Gonzaga in the semi’s. However, we’ll most likely see North Carolina and Gonzaga take home the crown, but don’t be surprised if another team makes it with how deep the field is.