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Huskies arrive at Battle 4 Atlantis

KELSIE JOHNSON
NG Sports Reporter
kelsie@nasguard.com

Published: Nov 22, 2011

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National champions in the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA), the University of Connecticut Huskies is the first of the eight teams playing in the Battle 4 Atlantis, to arrive in the capital.

The Huskies got in town yesterday and were greeted by Sir Sol Kerzner, chairman and CEO of Kerzner International. The Battle 4 Atlantis is a four-day tournament, which will award over $2 million to participating teams annually. It will be played in the ballroom, at the famed Atlantis Resort on Paradise Island. Teams joining the Huskies in the hunt for the title are Harvard University, Florida State University, University of Central Florida, College of Charleston, University of Massachusetts Amherst, University of North Carolina-Asheville and University of Utah. The remaining squads will arrive in town today. The tournament will tip-off on November 23 and run until November 27.

“I think this is huge for Atlantis. And a lot of the credit has to go to George Markantonis. He’s really worked very hard to do this…and I think this is going to be bigger than ever,” said Kerzner, yesterday. “I think it’s bigger than we envisaged. And it was super to say hello to the coach, and to welcome the team. And I just think the next few days here are going to be incredible.”

All eight teams are well into their basketball season. The Huskies have a blemish-free win/loss record, so far, defeating all six teams they’ve faced. On Thursday, the Huskies will take on UNC Asheville Bulldogs, who are 3-2 on the season. The University of Massachusetts Amherst have a 4-0 win/loss record, their first game in the battle will be against the Florida State Seminoles.

The 3-0 Harvard University team drew the University of Utah first. That game will be played on Thursday at 7:30 p.m. University of Utah are off to a slow start having dropped three games already.

Hoping to pick up their fourth win on the season is the University of Central Florida. They will square-off with the 4-0 College of Charleston, on Thursday.

All games played during the Battle 4 Atlantis will be aired both locally and internationally. Coverage will start on Thursday.

President and Managing Director of Kerzner Bahamas George Markantonis said: “I think the TV coverage overall throughout the U.S. and what have you, is something that is difficult to evaluate, but it is certainly something that will help – I believe – promote Atlantis, promote The Bahamas, and it’s just a huge break.”

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