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2017 Battle 4 Atlantis: NC State in loaded field with headliners Arizona and Villanova

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NCAA Basketball: Battle 4 Atlantis Championship-Syracuse vs Texas A&M Kevin Jairaj-USA TODAY Sports

The 2017 Battle 4 Atlantis tournament field is set, per a report from Jon Rothstein of CBS Sports. We’ve had an idea for a while now that the Wolfpack would be participating in this event thanks to an accidental reveal from NC State a year ago. We also figured the eight-team field would be loaded, and it is: the other seven participants are Villanova, Arizona, Tennessee, Northern Iowa, SMU, Purdue, and Western Kentucky.

That’s about as good as it gets. Villanova, of course, is the defending national champion. Arizona has re-emerged as a Pac-12 power, Northern Iowa is one of the most consistent mid-majors in the country, SMU is now an annual threat in the AAC, and Purdue is fresh off a 26-9 campaign.

Heck, even Western Kentucky could prove a handful if new head coach Rick Stansbury continues to haul in top-50 kids.

Half of this field finished in the top 25 of the Pomeroy Ratings this past season. So this should be a great show, and also let’s hope that Mark Gottfried’s recruiting fortunes continue into the 2017 class, because good god, man, Villanova and Arizona and Purdue and SMU! I can’t wait.