Matt Jones is the online sports director for the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette. A double graduate of the University of Arkansas, he is a member of the Football Writers Association of America and National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association, and voter for the Heisman Trophy.
Arkansas basketball to play in The Bahamas in 2023
A basketball sits in a rack at Bud Walton Arena in this undated photo.
FAYETTEVILLE — Arkansas’ men's basketball team will play three games at the 2023 Battle 4 Atlantis in The Bahamas.
The Razorbacks will be one of eight teams at the tournament, according to a contract that was signed April 13. It is unclear what other teams will participate in the tournament, but past events have included teams from each Power 5 conference and other prominent basketball leagues.
According to the contract, the Battle 4 Atlantis is expected to be played at the Atlantis Paradise Island resort the week of Thanksgiving in November 2023, but exact dates have not been finalized.
The contract was discovered through a Freedom of Information Act Request. Neither the Razorbacks nor the Battle 4 Atlantis have officially announced Arkansas’ participation in the event.
Arkansas has never played in the Battle 4 Atlantis or in The Bahamas. Excluding offseason exhibition games in Italy in 2012 and Spain in 2016, the Razorbacks have not played outside of the U.S. since the 2007 Puerto Rico Tip-Off.
The Battle 4 Atlantis is one of the most prominent early-season events in college basketball. Arkansas is scheduled to play in another top event, the Maui Invitational, later this year.
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