Over the last two seasons, coach Mark Pope has made BYU men’s basketball relevant once again. And the Cougars are making sure they stay in the spotlight.
The Cougars have locked down a spot in what is annually one of the biggest early-season tournaments on the calendar, according to reports.
CBS Sports analyst Jon Rothstein was the first to report that BYU will join Kansas, Tennessee, USC, NC State, Wisconsin, Butler and Dayton in the 2022 Battle 4 Atlantis.
The tournament, which takes place the week of Thanksgiving, is played at Atlantis Paradise Island on Paradise Island in Nassau, Bahamas each year.
For the 2021-22 season, the Cougars have already signed on to participate in the Hawaiian Airlines Diamond Head Classic in Honolulu, Dec. 22-25. The field will include host Hawaii, Liberty, Northern Iowa, South Florida, Wyoming, Stanford and Vanderbilt.
BYU was supposed to head to the Bahamas in 2020 for the Junkaroo Jam, but the pandemic made a change to those plans. Instead, the Cougars played in the Roman Legends Classic, which was played in a bubble-like environment in Connecticut.