Report: UM hoops to play in 2019 Battle 4 Atlantis

James Hawkins
The Detroit News

The Michigan basketball team will apparently be putting its passports to use again next season.

According to a report from CBS Sports college basketball reporter Jon Rothstein, Michigan is one of eight teams that has been selected to play in the 2019 Battle 4 Atlantis event in the Bahamas.

Head coach John Beilein reportedly will lead Michigan into the Battle 4 Atlantis in 2019.

The Wolverines are expected to be joined by North Carolina, Gonzaga, Oregon, Iowa State, Seton Hall, Alabama and Southern Miss in the preseason tournament that runs during the week of Thanksgiving.

The event has taken place annually since 2011 on Paradise Island in Nassau, Bahamas, and all games are played in Imperial Arena, a grand ballroom that is converted into a basketball venue.

Michigan has made one previous appearance in the tournament in 2015 and went 2-1. After suffering a first-round defeat to Connecticut, the Wolverines bounced back to beat Charlotte and Texas to finish fifth overall.

Since its inception, Wisconsin is the only Big Ten team to win the Battle 4 Atlantis title, a feat the Badgers accomplished in 2014. Iowa reached the championship game in 2013 but fell to Villanova, which is the only team to win the event twice.