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USC Men's Basketball To Face BYU In Battle 4 Atlantis Tournament

Aug 2, 2022

LOS ANGELES-- The USC men's basketball team will face BYU on Nov 23 in its first-round game at the 2022 Bad Boy Mowers Battle 4 Atlantis to be held at  the Atlantis Paradise Island resort in Paradise Island, Bahamas, it was announced today (Aug. 2).   The tournament will be contested over the Thanksgiving holiday from Nov. 23-25.  The game against BYU will be at 2:00 p.m. PT and air on ESPN2.

The winner of the USC-BYU opening-round game will face the winner of the Tennessee-Butler game in the semifinals on Nov. 24 (Thanksgiving) at 10:30 a.m. PT.  The semifinal game will air on ESPN2.  The two teams which lose the opening round game will square off on Nov. 24 at 3:30 p.m. PT and the contest will be shown on ESPNU.  The tournament final-round games will be played on Nov. 25.  USC's final game will come against one of the teams from the quartet of Kansas, North Carolina State, Dayton and Wisconsin, which are playing on the other side of the bracket.

The 2021-22 Trojans tied the school single-season wins record by going 26-8, finishing third in the Pac-12 and advancing to the 2022 NCAA Tournament.  

The 2022-23 Trojans will be led by a strong returning core of guards Boogie Ellis (12.5 ppg), Drew Peterson (12.4 ppg) and Reese Dixon-Waters (4.8 ppg).  In addition, USC returns scholarship players Harrison Hornery (F), Kobe Johnson (G), Joshua Morgan (F) and Malik Thomas (G).  The 2022-23 Trojans will also feature the No. 6 ranked freshman class of center Vincent Iwuchukwu, forward,Kijani Wright and guards Tre White and Oziyah Sellers.

BYU went 24-11 during the 2021-22 season and advanced  to the NIT where it fell in the quarterfinals to Washington State.  BYU has won 20 or more games in 16 of the last 17 seasons.

USC is 8-3 all-time against BYU, winning the last meeting 70-53 on Dec. 1, 2020 in the first round of the Legends Classic in Uncasville, Conn.

2022 Battle4Atlantis (all times Pacific)
Wednesday, Nov. 23
Game 1 – Kansas vs. N.C. State, 9 a.m. (ESPN)
Game 2 – Dayton vs. Wisconsin, 11:30 a.m. (ESPN or ESPN2)
Game 3 – USC vs. BYU, 2 p.m. (ESPN2)
Game 4 – Tennessee vs. Butler, 4:30 p.m. (ESPN2)

Thursday, Nov. 24 (Thanksgiving)
Game 5 – G1 Winner vs. G2 Winner, 8 a.m. (ESPN)
Game 6 – G3 Winner vs. G4 Winner, 10:30 a.m. (ESPN2)
Game 7 – G1 Loser vs. G2 Loser, 1 p.m. (ESPNEWS)
Game 8 – G3 Loser vs. G4 Loser, 3:30 p.m. (ESPNU)

Friday, Nov. 25
Championship – G5 winner vs. G6 Winner, 10 a.m. (ESPN2)
Third Place – G5 Loser vs. G6 Loser, 12:30 p.m. (ESPN2)
Fifth Place – G7 Winner vs. G8 Winner, 4 p.m. (ESPNEWS)
Seventh Place – G7 Loser vs. G8 Loser, 6:30 p.m. (ESPN3)

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