Michigan St., Louisville lead 2016 Battle 4 Atlantis field

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PARADISE ISLAND, Bahamas (AP) Three recent Final Four participants headline an eight-team field that will compete next year in the Battle 4 Atlantis.

Officials announced the field Friday. It is headlined by 2015 Final Four team Michigan State, 2013 NCAA champion Louisville, 2013 Final Four participant Wichita State and 2011 participant Virginia Commonwealth.

Baylor, LSU, St. John's and Old Dominion round out the rest of the teams competing in the sixth edition of what has become one of the nation's premiere early-season tournaments.

The 12-game, three-day tournament will again fall during the Thanksgiving holiday at the Atlantis Resort.

Combined the field boasts 30 NCAA Tournament appearances, and five Final Four Appearances.

Opening round matchups have not been announced.