Texas Tech will replace Oklahoma in Battle 4 Atlantis in 2023, report says

The Oklahoma Sooners will be replaced by Texas Tech in the 2023 Battle 4 Atlantis Men’s Basketball Tournament, according to Jon Rothstein. Oklahoma is still expected to play in a season opener in the 2023-24 season, although it’s not yet clear which event the team will pivot to.

Texas Tech replaces Oklahoma in the 2023 Battle 4 Atlantis, multiple sources told College Hoops Today,” Rothstein wrote.North Carolina, Villanova, Arkansas, Michigan, Memphis, Stanford and northern Iowa will headline the rest of the pack, which was exclusively reported by College Hoops Today on June 15. There is no timetable on an official announcement. The Sooners were originally scheduled to be part of the squad, but will now compete in another early-season tournament in the 23-24 season.”

Texas Tech will be in its third season under head coach Mark Adams in the 2023-24 campaign. Adams, who took over from Chris Beard last season after Beard left for Texas, led the Red Raiders to an appearance at the Sweet Sixteen before being eliminated by Duke. Texas Tech made the Final Four as recently as 2019, reaching the national championship game before falling to Virginia in overtime.

Oklahoma, meanwhile, will be in its third season under head coach Porter Moser by the 2023-24 season. The Sooners qualified for the NIT last season, reaching the second round before falling to St. Bonaventure. Moser was hired away from Loyola Chicago after the 2020-21 season to fill the void at Norman after Lon Kruger announced his retirement. The Sooners were an NCAA Final Four team most recently in 2016 before dropping to an eventual national champion Villanova.

Both Texas Tech and Oklahoma have been members of the Big 12 Conference since its founding in 1996, although the Sooners are soon set to leave the SEC. As it stands, Oklahoma and Texas Tech have three more school years to share a conference, with the Sooners on track to enter the SEC in the summer of 2025.

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As for the 2022 Battle of Atlantis, Butler, BYU, Dayton, Kansas, NC State, USC, Tennessee and Wisconsin make up the ground for the Thanksgiving week event.