CHARLESTON, S.C. - The College of Charleston men's basketball team will participate in the inaugural Battle 4 Atlantis tournament during the Thanksgiving holiday break as part of the 2011-12 season non-conference slate on Nov. 24-27 in Paradise Island, Bahamas.
The Cougars are among an elite eight-team field which includes defending national champion Connecticut, Harvard, Florida State, Utah, Massachusetts, Central Florida and UNC Asheville. The event will take place at the Atlantis Bahamas Resort. Tournament organizers are hoping the new, early-season, four-year exempt holiday college basketball tournament will become the East Coast version of the successful Maui Invitational held annually in Lahaina, Hawai'i.
The 2011 Southern Conference regular-season champion Cougars are coming off a memorable 26-11 campaign under head coach and 2011 SoCon and NABC District 22 Coach of the Year Bobby Cremins reaching the quarterfinals of the NIT. CofC also registered the fifth-most wins (26) and second-most games played (37) in the program's 101-year history. The Cougars finished the season No. 59 in the final NCAA RPI report and among the top 30 NCAA statistical teams in scoring offense (26th, 76.2 ppg), field-goal percentage (11th, 47.7), three-point field goals per game (19th, 8.3 avg) and personal fouls (7th, 15.2 avg). The remaining portion of next year's non-conference schedule will be released at a later date.
"We are really looking forward to the tournament and traveling to the Bahamas," Cremins said. "It will be a tough tournament field, but will provide us an opportunity to learn so much about our team."