Report: UNC Basketball to Play in 2023 Battle 4 Atlantis Tournament

According to multiple sources, the UNC men’s basketball team will be heading to paradise for the holidays next year.

Jon Rothstein of College Hoops Today reports that the Tar Heels are set to take part in the 2023 Battle 4 Atlantis tournament in the Bahamas, which will be played on Thanksgiving weekend at the Atlantis resort on Paradise Island.

Joining the Tar Heels in the event is a field loaded with college basketball powerhouses including Villanova, Michigan, Arkansas and Oklahoma.

This would be Carolina’s third appearance in the Battle 4 Atlantis, having also appeared in the 2014 and 2019 tournaments. The Tar Heels have never won the event, which was first played in 2011. They finished at fifth place in 2014 and third place in 2019.

Several intriguing matchups are on the table for UNC. A game against Michigan would be another chapter in what has become something of an annual rivalry with the Wolverines and a rematch of a Battle 4 Atlantis semi-final in 2019, which Michigan won. Carolina and Michigan have played in four of the past five seasons, with each team winning twice, and will meet at the Jumpman Invitational in December. A matchup with Villanova would be the first meeting between the Tar Heels and the Wildcats since the fateful 2016 national championship game in Houston, won by Villanova on a three-pointer at the buzzer.

Carolina has winning records against every reported participant except Memphis. The Tigers and Tar Heels have never met in basketball.

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