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Gonzaga to Face Washington in the Battle 4 Atlantis

Gonzaga will face Washington in men's basketball for the first time since 2006. Gonzaga will face Washington in men's basketball for the first time since 2006.

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PARADISE ISLAND, Bahamas - Gonzaga's men's basketball team will take on Washington in the opening round of the Battle 4 Atlantis on Nov. 25 in Paradise Island, Bahamas, tournament organizers announced today.

The Zags will renew the in-state rivalry with the Huskies one year earlier than planned, as the teams had inked a four-year home-and-home series to begin in 2016-17. The teams last played Dec. 9, 2006, in the McCarthey Athletic Center, with the host Bulldogs taking a 97-77 victory. The Huskies had snapped a seven-game losing streak in the series the previous season with a 99-95 home victory.

Gonzaga is coming off a school-record 35-3 season accompanied by a record 22-game win streak, WCC regular season and tournament titles, and a trip to the Elite Eight last season. The Zags return leading scorer Kyle Wiltjer, leading rebounder Domantas Sabonis and two-year starter Przemek Karnowski. All three were All-WCC performers, with Wiltjer earning multiple All-America honors.

The first day of the 2015 Battle 4 Atlantis welcomes four games, beginning with the below matchups, with all Tournament games times to be determined at a later date:

Game 1: Gonzaga University vs. University of Washington (ESPN)
Game 2: University of North Carolina at Charlotte vs. Syracuse University (ESPN)
Game 3: Texas A&M University vs. University of Texas (AXS TV)
Game 4: University of Michigan vs. University of Connecticut (AXS TV)

As part of Atlantis' multiyear TV agreements for media rights with ESPN and AXS TV, all 2015 Battle 4 Atlantis games will be aired live on ESPN, ESPN2, and AXS TV. The entirety of the 12-game tournament will take place in Atlantis' Imperial Arena, the unique and impressive 3,900-seat arena.

On Thursday, November 26, the second round of games will air as follows:

Game 5: Winner of Game 1 vs. Winner of Game 3 (ESPN)
Game 6: Winner of Game 4 vs. Winner of Game 2 (ESPN)
Game 7: Loser of Game 1 vs. Loser of Game 3 (AXS TV)
Game 8: Loser of Game 4 vs. Loser of Game 2 (AXS TV)

On Friday, November 27, the tournament's final games will be available on each network as outlined below:

Game 9 (3rd Place): Loser of Game 5 vs. Loser of Game 6 (ESPN)
Championship Game: Winner of Game 5 vs. Winner of Game 6 (ESPN)
Game 11: Winner of Game 7 vs. Winner of Game 8 (AXS TV)
Game 12: Loser of Game 7 vs. Loser of Game 8 (AXS TV)

AXS TV is available nationally on AT&T U-verse (channel 1106), DIRECTV (channel 340), DISH (channel 167), Verizon FiOS (channel 569) as well as Charter, Comcast/Xfinity, Suddenlink and other cable, satellite and telco providers. The network is also distributed in Canada, Mexico, and the Caribbean. Go to axs.tv/subscribe for local listings.

Atlantis, Paradise Island is not only home to the world's largest open-air marine habitat, but also a half-million dollar temporary arena with state-of-the-art regulation facilities, located at the epicenter of the famous resort. Atlantis offers guests extraordinary accommodations, a 141-acre adrenaline-inducing waterscape with slides and river rides, one of the most interactive casinos in the Caribbean, and a variety of fine and fast dining designed to please every palate.

Battle 4 Atlantis ticket and travel packages can be booked by calling 1-800-Atlantis or Battle4Atlantis.com. Fans can follow along using the hashtag #Battle4Atlantis on social media, as well.

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