RICHMOND, Va. – VCU will meet Big 12 stalwart and 2016 NCAA Tournament qualifier Baylor in the first round of the Battle 4 Atlantis on Nov. 23 at 2:30 p.m. at Atlantis Resort in Paradise Island, Bahamas, tournament organizers announced Wednesday. That contest will be televised by ESPN2.
Created in 2011, the Battle 4 Atlantis has quickly become one of the premier exempt tournaments in college basketball. This will be VCU's second visit to Atlantis' Imperial Arena. The Rams topped 19th-ranked Memphis before falling to 13th-ranked Missouri and fifth-ranked Duke in the 2012 Battle 4 Atlantis. Syracuse defeated Texas A&M to win last year's Battle 4 Atlantis title.
The Rams are entering their second year under Head Coach Will Wade. VCU was 25-11 in 2015-16 and made its sixth straight NCAA Tournament trip, where the Rams defeated Oregon State in the first round.
Baylor was 22-12 a year ago and fell to Yale in the first round of the NCAA Tournament.
VCU is 2-1 all-time against Baylor. The Rams and Bears last met during the 1998-99 season, a contest won 81-61 by VCU in Honolulu, Hawaii.
Ram Athletic Fund members who wish to join the Rams in the Bahamas can book accommodations through Anthony Travel at anthonytravel.com/vcu-battle-4-atlantis.