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East Lansing — Michigan State will play in the 2016 Battle 4 Atlantis, according to a report Wednesday from ESPN.

According to a series of tweets from ESPN's Jeff Goodman, Michigan State will be joined by Louisville, VCU, Wichita State and St. John's in the eight-team field that is played in the Bahamas.

It will be the first time the Spartans have played in the event and will be part of what is shaping up to be a daunting travel schedule early in the 2016-17 season. Michigan State opens the season Nov. 11 against Arizona in Hawaii as part of the Armed Forces Classic and on Nov. 15 is scheduled to play against Kentucky in New York as part of the Champions Classic.

The Battle 4 Atlantis is played over Thanksgiving, which is a little more than a week after the Spartans will be in New York.

Lourawls "Tum Tum" Nairn, who just finished his freshman season at Michigan State, is a native of the Bahamas and talked before the season about looking forward to the chance to be part of the Battle 4 Atlantis. He will be a junior in 2016-17.

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