LSU men to play in Battle 4 Atlantis tournament _lowres

Advocate staff photo by HILARY SCHEINUK -- LSU head coach Johnny Jones coaches against South Alabama, Thursday, November 19, 2015, at LSU's Pete Maravich Assembly Center in Baton Rouge, La.

For the second time in three seasons, the LSU men’s basketball ream will play in a tournament outside the continental United States during the 2016-17 season.

The Tigers, who played in the Paradise Jam in the Virgin Islands last November, will participate in the sixth annual Battle 4 Atlantis event in Nassau, Bahamas.

The eight-team field for the tournament, which is set for Nov. 23-25 at the 4,000-seat Imperial Ballroom at the Atlantis Resort, was announced Friday by ESPN — which telecast the championship final of this year’s tournament between Texas A&M and Syracuse.

Joining LSU for next year’s tournament will be Michigan State, Louisville, Wichita State, VCU, Baylor, St, John’s and Old Dominion.

In its short history, the Battle 4 Atlantis event has made strides to rival the Maui Invitational as the top holiday destination tournament.

Ironically, it was announced Nov. 12 that LSU will play in the 2017 Maui Invitational to be played Nov. 20-22 at the Lahaina Civic Center.

The other teams in that field are Marquette, Cal, Michigan, Notre Dame, VCU, Wichita State and host Chaminade.

LSU participated in the Paradise Jam last November, winning one game and losing two in a span of four days in Charlotte Amalie, Virgin Islands.

The Tigers just returned from the Legends Classic in New York, where they fell to Marquette on Monday night and the next night lost to North Carolina State in overtime in the consolation game.