Michigan State’s basketball team is heading to Atlantis in November. At least that’s the plan.

On Tuesday afternoon, Michigan State announced that it will be participating in next season’s Battle 4 Atlantis, along with seven other teams. It will be the Spartans’ second time playing in the event, also participating in 2016.

Along with Michigan State, the other participants include Arizona State, Auburn, Baylor, Connecticut, Loyola Chicago, Syracuse and Virginia Commonwealth (VCU).


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In 2016, the Spartans finished the event with a 2-1 record. They defeated St. John’s in the first round, dropped the second game to Baylor and closed out the tournament with a victory over Wichita State.

The 2021 event is scheduled to be played between Nov. 24-Nov. 26. The 2020 version of the event was postponed due to the pandemic.

Two B1G teams have claimed the Battle 4 Atlantis tournament title since it started in 2011. Wisconsin defeated Oklahoma in 2014 and Michigan defeated Gonzaga in 2019 to claim the titles.

Michigan State finished the 2020-21 season with a 15-13 record, losing the play-in game of the NCAA Tournament to UCLA.