The Battle 4 Atlantis will host some big names in college basketball, and it should be quite the treat during Thanksgiving weekend.
The Duke Blue Devils, Memphis Tigers, Minnesota Gophers, Louisville Cardinals, Stanford Cardinal, Northern Iowa, Virginia Commonwealth and the Missouri Tigers will all be apart of the tournament field. Sounds like March Madness to me, and the atmosphere of this tournament will be very similar, but when it is all said and done, the Blue Devils will take home the hardware.
Louisville is most likely predicted to win the whole thing, since they are the No. 2 team in the nation and all, but Duke and Missouri will also be heavy favorites.
Whatever the case, Duke already played a top 10 team this year in the Kentucky Wildcats, and the Blue Devils came up victorious. Duke has a lot of depth on its team, with four players scoring in double digits. All eyes will be on Mason Plumlee and Seth Curry, but the Blue Devils have many weapons.
Plumlee is off to an amazing start, averaging 21.7 points per game and 8.7 rebounds, while Curry is averaging 16 points per game. Ryan Kelly is another senior leader that this team has. Kelly is averaging just over 10 points per game on the year, but he can get hot in a hurry.
Rasheed Sulaimon is really having a great freshman season with Duke, putting up 11.7 points per game, 4.3 rebounds per game and 3.7 assists per game.
Outside of these four players, Quinn Cook and Tyler Thornton both get more than 20 minutes per game and both are averaging six or more points per game.
What makes this Duke team such a threat is the fact that it can nail threes left and right and it also has a solid front court. Plumlee is playing like on of the best big men in all of college basketball right now and Kelly does work himself in the paint. The Blue Devils matchup well with anyone in the tournament.
Many people thought Duke would have problems with bigger sized teams, but the Blue Devils proved that theory wrong against Nerlens Noel and Kentucky.
If Missouri’s guards can get hot, it will be a very dangerous team, but Louisville’s well-rounded and fearless defense will cause troubles for anyone in the tournament.
Four out of eight of the teams in this field are ranked. The Battle 4 Atlantis is going to be one of the most exciting things of the year, but when it is all said and done, Duke will come up on top.
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