Looking for an excuse to head to the Bahamas?
The Villanova Wildcats will meet the USC Trojans in the first round of the Battle 4 Atlantis over Thanksgiving weekend.
'Nova and USC tip off at 1 p.m. on Thanksgiving Day for the right to face the winner of Kansas and Wake Forest. Tennessee, UTEP, Xavier and Iowa make up the remainder of the bracket.
The early-season out-of-conference tournament is a three-day event that will take place at the Paradise Island resort in the Bahamas from Nov. 28-30 and be televised on the NBC Sports Network.
For local fans, it will be one of the first opportunities to watch head coach Andy Enfield in his new job. Enfield led No. 15 Florida Gulf Coast to upsets over No. 2 Georgetown and No. 7 San Diego State in the second and third rounds of the NCAA Tournament at the Wells Fargo Center last March. Those wins advanced FGCU to its first ever Sweet 16 and ultimately landed Enfield his new gig in Southern California.
As for the matchup itself, the winner earns the right to play freshman sensation Andrew Wiggins -- currently expected to the be the No. 1 pick in the 2014 NBA draft -- and the Kansas Jayhawks, which will give either 'Nova or USC a valuable RPI bump.
Villanova returns four starters from last year's team that reached its eighth NCAA tournament in nine seasons, including Big 5 newcomer of the year Ryan Arcidiacono, Darrun Hilliard, JayVaughn Pinkston, and James Bell.
The Wildcats are also set to enter their first season in the new Big East conference. The 10-team league is comprised of the seven former basketball members of the original Big East -- 'Nova, Georgetown, St. John's, Marquette, DePaul, Providence and Seton Hall -- and newcomers Xavier, Butler and Creighton.