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Battle 4 Atlantis Day 1 Recap: Mizzou to the Semis; Louisville Next

Things heat up in the Bahamas.

It was an exciting and action packed Day 1 of the Battle 4 Atlantis tournament, one in which we saw Mizzou move onto the semifinals. The Tigers faced Stanford in the first round of the tournament and handled their business, winning 78-70. Mizzou had control the whole game, but never could really put the Cardinal away. At one point in the second half, Stanford took a lead, but Mizzou took it right back. Veterans Phil Pressey and Laurence Bowers led the charge for the TIgers. Earnest Ross really struggled shooting from the field and he will need to step up for the Tigers to have a chance to win the tournament.

Michael Dixon once again didn't play due to his suspension. Coach Frank Haith let the suspended guard travel with the team, giving fans the idea that he would return at some point in this tournament. However, when asked whether or not Dixon would play in the Battle 4 Atlantis, Haith said that he didn't see the guard playing. Mizzou's chances to win the tournament will diminish greatly without Dixon.

As for the other games, Duke controlled Minnesota for all 40 minutes en route to a double digit victory. VCU played really well against Memphis, upsetting the Tigers to move onto the semifinals. Louisville struggled early, but pulled ahead in the second half, surviving a late Northern Iowa surge to get the victory. Each team is guaranteed three games, so the four losers will play their remaining two games in a losers bracket.

Just four teams are left in the chase for the Battle 4 Atlantis championship. Both semifinals take place Friday. VCU takes on Duke in the afternoon, while Mizzou will face Louisville in the nightcap. Louisville will be a tough test for the TIgers. Mizzou once again takes a step up in competition to play the number two team in the nation. The Cardinals defense will be fun matchup to watch against the Missouri offensive attack. Missouri's game will take place at 8:30 p.m. CT on NBC Sports Network.