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Loaded Field Announced for 2016 Battle 4 Atlantis Tournament

Lourawls Nairn, Jr. and the Michigan State Spartans will be one of 8 teams heading to Paradise Island to take part in the 2016 Battle 4 Atlantis tournament.
Lourawls Nairn, Jr. and the Michigan State Spartans will be one of 8 teams heading to Paradise Island to take part in the 2016 Battle 4 Atlantis tournament.

If the 2015 Battle 4 Atlantis Tournament was any indication, we are in for an unpredictable 2016 edition of the marquee event.

This season saw the likes of Gonzaga, Texas, Texas A&M, Connecticut, Michigan, Charlotte, Washington, and Syracuse ascend on Paradise Island, Bahamas for the 2015 Battle 4 Atlantis. Four of the teams (Gonzaga, Texas A&M, Connecticut, and Michigan) started the season ranked inside the top 25, and looked like the front-runners for the title.

However, it was unranked Syracuse who pushed their record to 6-0 to start the season and came away with the tournament title. They knocked off Connecticut and Texas A&M on back-to-back days to take home the hardware. They should find themselves ranked comfortably inside the top 25 rankings come Monday, November 30th.

On the heels of the Orange winning the tournament, the field was announced for the 2016 edition of the Battle 4 Atlantis. The field will be loaded once again next season, as it is decorated with perennial contenders from power conferences and dominant mid-major programs.

The list of teams heading down to take part in the 2016 Battle 4 Atlantis is a star-studded one from top to bottom. The teams partaking in next year’s festivities are: Michigan State, Louisville, Wichita State, Baylor, VCU, St. John’s, LSU, and Old Dominion.

A lot of these teams will have new looks to them in comparison to this year’s teams. Michigan State will be without star guard Denzel Valentine, Wichita State will be without Ron Baker and Fred Van Vleet and could be without head coach Gregg Marshall, and LSU could be without star freshman Ben Simmons.

Despite the absence of key players from this year’s edition of the teams, the tournament will still be a fun one to watch. The Spartans bring in a high-profile recruiting class and will be one of the nation’s best teams. Louisville, Baylor, and Wichita State are always top contenders in their respective conferences. Old Dominion has been a tough out the past couple of seasons, and next year will be no different.

The Battle 4 Atlantis tournament attracts some of the nation’s top programs, and gives fans some great basketball action. Next season’s field will be no exception, as we will get to see great contests from start to finish.

– T.B.

The Top 15 Non-Conference Games for the 2015-16 Season: Part One

Both Indiana's  Yogi Ferrell, above, and Notre Dame's Zach Auguste, top, opted to return for the 2015-16 season. Indiana and Notre Dame face off in non-conference play in the 12th-best non-conference game of the season. (Source: Bleacher Report)
Both Indiana’s Yogi Ferrell, above, and Notre Dame’s Zach Auguste, top, opted to return for the 2015-16 season. Indiana and Notre Dame face off in non-conference play in the 12th-best non-conference game of the season. (Source: Bleacher Report)

Even though it’s still August, that does not mean it is too early to begin analyzing the approaching college basketball season.

This year could be one for the history books, as power will be distributed throughout the nation, rather than being centered around one or two dominant favorites. Perennial dynasties will clash with rising powerhouses, old rivalries will be restored with new fire, and incredible incoming talent will give their teams a much needed boost.

With such a distribution of power, the non-conference schedule will be a grueling, and thrilling battle with major implications come Selection Sunday.

The slate of exciting non-conference games is quite vast this year. However, there are 15 games that cannot be afford to be missed. In this article, we will break down games 15-11 along with a few honorable mentions as well. (Because let’s be honest, narrowing a list of this magnitude to only fifteen games would have been down right impossible.) Continue reading The Top 15 Non-Conference Games for the 2015-16 Season: Part One

Texas A&M Transfer Peyton Allen Commits to Wichita State

Peyton Allen transferred from Texas A&M in late-July after a respectable freshman campaign, and then chose to commit to Wichita State after just one visit to the school. (Source: NBC Sports)
Peyton Allen transferred from Texas A&M in late-July after a respectable freshman campaign, and then chose to commit to Wichita State after just one visit to the school. (Source: NBC Sports)

The Texas A&M Aggies are coming off a 21 – 12 record in 2014-15, which included an 11 – 7 record in the SEC. They advanced to the 2nd Round of the NIT, providing the team with a small sample of the pressure that they will experience in post-season play moving forwards.

With the success of the program fresh in the minds of potential recruits, the Aggies brought in one of the nation’s top recruiting classes in advance of the 2015-16 season.

Centers Tyler Davis and Elijah Thomas committed to Texas A&M, along with small forward D.J. Hogg and shooting guard Admon Gilder. Add in returning stars like Danuel House, Alex Caruso, and others, and the Aggies have a ton of talent on the roster.

The problem with that is that there are only so many slots on a roster, meaning changes were inevitable for the program.

In late-July, a change came to the forefront, as Peyton Allen opted to transfer from the program after just one year.

After a short time on the transfer market, the shooting guard found his new home after just one visit to the school.

Peyton Allen will transfer to Wichita State. Continue reading Texas A&M Transfer Peyton Allen Commits to Wichita State

Wichita State Gains Commitment from Cleveland State Transfer Anton Grady

Wichita State gained commitment from Cleveland State graduate transfer Anton Grady on Friday, bolstering what was already a top-tier roster for the Shockers. (Source: Plain Dealer)
Wichita State gained commitment from Cleveland State graduate transfer Anton Grady on Friday, bolstering what was already a top-tier roster for the Shockers. (Source: Plain Dealer)

When the off-season began, it was unclear as to what the Wichita State Shockers would look like next season. Both Fred VanVleet and Ron Baker were rumoured to be heading to the NBA Draft, and the likes of Darius Carter were graduating.

VanVleet and Baker both opted to return to Wichita State for their senior seasons, giving the Shockers one of the best back court duos in the country. Their decisions to return also made the Shockers the pre-season favourite in the Missouri Valley Conference.

On Friday afternoon, the outlook for the Shockers in 2015-16 got even brighter.

Cleveland State graduate transfer Anton Grady committed to Wichita State, choosing to play for the Shockers over a handful of high-major programs. Continue reading Wichita State Gains Commitment from Cleveland State Transfer Anton Grady