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Advocate staff photo by TRAVIS SPRADLING -- LSU men's basketball head coach Johnny Jones speaks at 'A Gathering of Neighborhood Boys,' Saturday, July 2, 2016 at New St. John Baptist Church. Jones and Southern University running back Lenard Tillery encouraged students in the church's Boys Academy in the basics: staying in school, getting good grades and making good life choices.

The LSU men’s basketball team will open play in the Battle 4 Atlantis tournament against Wichita State, ESPN announced Wednesday.

The Tigers’ appearance in the eight-team event, which will be played Nov. 23-25 at the Atlantis Paradise Island Resort in The Bahamas, begins with the matchup against Wichita State on Nov. 23 at 11 a.m. CST (ESPN2).

Other first-round games will have Baylor going against VCU at 1 p.m., Michigan State taking on St. John’s at 6 p.m. and Louisville facing Old Dominion at 8:30 p.m.

LSU will also meet Louisville or Old Dominion on Thanksgiving, Nov. 24, before a Friday contest completes its second tournament outside the continental U.S. in the past three seasons.

The Tigers played in the Paradise Jam in the U.S. Virgin Islands in November 2014.

LSU, 19-14 last season, will face a Wichita State team that went 26-9 a year ago and earned a fifth consecutive bid to the NCAA tournament.

However, Wichita State lost three senior starters off last year’s squad and four of its top seven scorers — including the top three.

Wichita State’s only returning starters are 6-foot-8 forward Shaquille Morris (6.8 ppg) and 6-6 forward Zach Brown (6.7 ppg). Markis McDuffie, a 6-8 forward, is the top returning scorer at 7.4 points per game.

The announcement of LSU’s opener in the Battle 4 Atlantis is the fourth confirmed game for the upcoming season.

Coach Johnny Jones’ team will also play at Texas Tech in the Southeastern Conference/Big 12 Challenge on Jan. 28 and visit Wake Forest on Dec. 22. The Tigers also have home games set against Houston and College of Charleston as part of existing contracts.

The SEC will announce the league’s 18-game regular-season schedule in mid-August.

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