Since taking the Ohio State job two seasons ago, men’s basketball coach Chris Holtmann has repeatedly said he plans to get the Buckeyes involved in a marquee early-season tournament.
That will officially happen next season. In a post to Twitter, Stadium’s Jeff Goodman listed Ohio State as one of the participants in the 2020 Battle 4 Atlantis, held annually at Atlantis Paradise Island on Paradise Island in Nassau, Bahamas.
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The tournament takes place during the week of Thanksgiving. During Holtmann’s first season, the Buckeyes took part in the PK80 Invitational in Portland, Oregon, which showcased 16 marquee Nike teams to honor founder Phil Knight’s 80th birthday. That was agreed upon prior to Holtmann coming to Ohio State.
According to Goodman, the Battle 4 Atlantis will also feature Duke, West Virginia, Utah, Texas A&M, Wichita State, Creighton and another team to be announced.
Butler’s prior team, Butler, took part in the 2018 installment of the tournament. Holtmann has said it takes years to get on the schedules for such events.
This year’s Battle 4 Atlantis will feature Alabama, Gonzaga, Iowa State, Michigan, North Carolina, Oregon, Seton Hall and Southern Miss.
Ohio State’s full 2019-20 non-conference schedule is yet to be announced.