Tennessee basketball is headed back to the Bahamas in 2022.
CBS Sports college basketball insider Jon Rothstein reported Thursday that the Vols will be part a strong field in the the Battle 4 Atlantis Tournament in 2022 alongside Kansas, Southern Cal, North Carolina State, Wisconsin, Butler, Dayton and BYU.
The Vols went 2-1 in three games at Atlantis in November 2017, upsetting an 18th-ranked Purdue team in overtime before falling to No. 5 Villanova the following day. Tennessee led Villanova by 12 points at halftime, before the Wildcats rallied in the second half. The tournament stay ended with a win over North Carolina State.
The Battle 4 Atlantis tournament is played at Atlantis Paradise Island on Paradise Island in Nassau, Bahamas.
The 2022 tournament field is a familiar one for the Vols.
Tennessee played Kansas in the Big 12-SEC Showdown each of the last two years, losing at Kansas during the 2019-20 season before winning in Knoxville last season.
The Vols hosted Wisconsin in 2019-20, too, the start of what was supposed to be a home-and-home series. Tennessee’s game at Wisconsin, scheduled for last November, was cancelled due to COVID-19 schedule changes.
Tennessee played at Butler in 2015, after hosting the Bulldogs in 2014. The two teams met in November 2006 in New York City, a 56-44 Butler win in the preseason NIT, and matched up in the NCAA Tournament in 2008, a 76-71 Tennessee win to advance to the Sweet Sixteen.
The Vols have been well traveled for November tournament basketball during the Rick Barnes era, going to Brooklyn twice for the Barclays Center Classic (2015) and NIT Season Tip-Off (2018). The team went to Hawaii in 2016 for the Maui Invitational before the trip to the Bahamas in 2017.
Tennessee was set to play in the Charleston Classic last November — Houston, Florida State, Seton Hall, VCU, Oklahoma State, Penn State and Charleston were also set to play in the tournament — but it was cancelled due to COVID-19.
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Games that have been added to the 2021-22 schedule so far include UT-Martin and ETSU at Thompson-Boling Arena, Villanova in the Hall of Fame Tip-Off Tournament at Mohegan Sun Resort in Connecticut on November 20, a road game at Colorado, a home game with Arizona and a neutral-site game against Memphis in Nashville in December.
Colorado made a trip to Knoxville in December last season after adding the game to the schedule only days before.
The Memphis game, the third in the three-game contract between the two rivals, was originally set for last season, but both programs opted to push the game back a year in hopes of playing in front of a capacity crowd at Bridgestone Arena in Nashville.
The game against Arizona is the start of a home-and-home between the two teams, with Tennessee making the return trip to Arizona in 2022-23.