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"Battle at Atlantis" brings hoops to the Bahamas

Posted by Paul Kandarian  November 22, 2010 11:41 AM

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Four NCAA teams will play at the "Battle at Atlantis" Dec. 18, an inaugural Division 1 men’s college basketball doubleheader hosted by the Atlantis Resort on Paradise Island in the Bahamas. Mississippi State plays Virginia Tech and Georgia Tech plays Richmond in a new, 4,500-seat arena to be unveiled in the resort’s 60,000-square-foot conference center. Expected to appear are notables such as former NCAA All American and NBA player Len Elmore, now an ESPN/CBS Sports analyst.

Atlantis hopes to expand this year’s doubleheader, a first for the NCAA, into an eight-team tourney next year, said George Markantonis, president/managing director for Kerzner International Bahamas, the resort’s parent company. Besides the games, fan draws include prizes; a high-stakes, half-court shot event will have payouts in the six figures, Markantonis said.

Tickets for the event are $20-$35. For a limited time, fans can stay three nights at the resort and get the fourth night free, plus free companion airfare. For information, visit www.atlantis.com/promotions/basketballoffer.aspx, or call 800-285-2684.

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