In 2012, the Battle 4 Atlantis featured five preseason Top 25 teams. In 2014, every team in the field besides Florida made the NCAA tournament. Last year, the four semifinalists each went on to win at least one NCAA tournament game.
The Battle 4 Atlantis has produced some astonishingly strong fields since its inception, so the 2016 first-round matchups announced Wednesday feel a little underwhelming by comparison.
One half of the draw will feature Louisville-Old Dominion and Wichita State-LSU. The other will include Michigan State-St. John’s and Baylor-VCU.
Granted Michigan State is expected to land in the preseason top 10 this fall and Louisville has preseason top 20 potential, but there may not be another top 25 team in the bunch.
Wichita State is entering a transition year without Ron Baker and Fred VanVleet. Baylor must replace first-round pick Taurean Prince and rebounding machine Rico Gathers. LSU loses Ben Simmons and twoRead More »from Newly released Battle 4 Atlantis bracket not as loaded as usual