— Story by Taylor Kennedy
MORGANTOWN, W.Va. — The popular in-season tournament, Battle 4 Atlantis, will be played at a new location this upcoming season due to COVID-19. This year it will take place at the Sanford Pentagon in Sioux Falls, South Dakota.
This tournament usually takes place at the Imperial Arena at Paradise Island in Nassau, Bahamas. It is usually held during Thanksgiving week, and runs for four to five days.
Jon Rothstein, CBS Sports College Basketball Analyst, was one of the first people to report the news. He stated that the Sanford Pentagon will be able to hold a small number of fans, but those fans will have to abide by social distancing guidelines.
Sources: The 2020 Battle 4 Atlantis will be played at the Sanford Pentagon in South Dakota. Dates are TBD.
Field includes Duke, West Virginia, Memphis, Ohio State, Texas A&M, Utah, Creighton, and Wichita State.
— Jon Rothstein (@JonRothstein) September 14, 2020
The West Virginia men’s basketball team is one of eight teams that are expected to play at this tournament. The other members of the field include: Duke, Ohio State, Memphis, Texas A&M, Utah, Creighton, and Wichita State.
The dates for the tournament have not been released, but the dates will be decided when the NCAA announces the official date for college basketball to begin following the Division 1 council meeting Wednesday.
The Mountaineers have not released any statement saying whether or not they will be still competing in this tournament.
As of today, West Virginia is expected to start the season on November 10 as Fairleigh Dickinson will make the trip to Morgantown.