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Mizzou Hoops: Battle 4 Atlantis Preview

Tough opposition.

Each year, college basketball begins the season with many different tournaments, giving teams the chance to play quality competition and earn some hardware. Mizzou has chosen to play in one of these tournaments; The Battle 4 Atlantis. This eight team competition takes place over three days in the Bahamas, starting on Thanksgiving Day.

Lets take a look at the seven other teams joining the Tigers in the Bahamas.

Stanford: Mizzou's first round opponent, the Cardinal are the only team that the Tigers are guaranteed to play. Unranked entering the season, Stanford is still a quality opponent and one of the dark horses to win the PAC-12 conference. Stanford has gotten off to a 3-1 start to the season, with its most recent game a loss to Belmont. Led by Chasson Randle, Stanford will be Mizzou's best opponent to date and provide a quality first round matchup.

Louisville: Ranked No. 2 in the nation, Louisville is the odds on favorite to win the Battle for Atlantis. The Cardinals are 3-0 to start the season and return a ton of talent from that Final Four team from a year ago. Peyton Siva, Russ Smith, Gorgui Dieng, and Wayne Blackshear will all be tough matchups for any team in the tournament. Coach Rick Pitino will have this team ready to go, making Louisville a tough team to take out in the Bahamas.

Northern Iowa: Northern Iowa will always be a favorite for Mizzou fans after the Panthers miraculously upset Kansas in the tournament three years ago. While this year's team is much different, it still has the potential to make a miracle run to the Finals. Deon Mitchell and Jake Koch are players to watch for the Panthers as they progress through the tournament.

VCU: Two seasons removed from a miracle Final Four appearance, Coach Shaka Smart has the VCU Rams ready to make another tournament run in the Bahamas. The Rams check in this season at 2-1, with their lone loss coming at the hands of another top mid major power, Wichita State. Juvonte Reddic leads the charge for a Rams team that wants to shock the college basketball world with a Battle 4 Atlantis victory.

Memphis: The Memphis Tigers enter the Battle 4 Atlantis 2-0 and ranked No. 19 in the nation. Memphis struggled greatly last season, but the Tigers believe they have the talent this year to make themselves one of the top teams in the nation. Juniors Joe Jackson and Chris Crawford are names to remember for the Tigers during the tournament this week.

Duke: No. 5 Duke joins Louisville as the favorites to make the Finals in this year's tournament. Led by one of the greatest coaches in college basketball in Mike Krzyzewski, the Blue Devils are sure to be ready to go in the Bahamas. Seth Curry, Mason Plumlee, and Ryan Kelly are three returning stars from last season's team that are sure to put on a show in the Caribbean.

Minnesota: The 4-0 Minnesota Gophers might be the weakest team in the tournament, which is more of praise to the quality of competition in the tournament than it is a shot at the Gophers. Minnesota has just as much of a shot as anyone else to come out as champions and much of that can be attributed to the play of the Trevor Mbakwe and Rodney Williams Jr. Mbakwe is a sure fire NBA talent and Williams Jr. can get there if he keeps up the pace he has played at so far this season.

Each team is guaranteed three games in the Bahamas, win or lose. Mizzou takes on Stanford in the first round, while Louisville takes on Northern Iowa, VCU takes on Memphis, and Minnesota takes on Duke. A possible second round opponent for the Tigers is Louisville and if they can get past them and into the Finals, Duke probably awaits.

The Battle 4 Atlantis is a great test for the Missouri basketball team. If the Tigers can somehow come back from the Bahamas with a win, it would be a huge boost for the program this season and in the future. Tune in on Thanksgiving for first round games starting at Noon CT with Mizzou-Stanford and keep watching until a champion is crowned on Saturday night.