CEDAR FALLS, Iowa - The University of Northern Iowa may not be spending Thanksgiving at home, but traveling to the Bahamas isn't a bad alternative. The Panthers will play three games in three days – starting on Thursday – in the Battle for Atlantis.
The tournament involves eight teams – all of which are ranked in the AP Top 25 or are receiving votes.
"The quality of the teams that are there; playing three games in three days, that's the most exciting part of it. I'm looking forward to how competitive it's going to be, and what that means when you've got 40 minutes against a team that's got really good players and is really well coached," Coach Ben Jacobson said.
Senior guard Anthony James will make his season debut after being suspended the first three games for a violation of team rules. Not only will James see the floor, but Jacobson said on Monday that James will start in place of Matt Bohannon.
"AJ's excited and anxious to get back out on that game floor. He brings a different level of experience to our team than Matt does. Having been here into his fifth year now, his communication and his understand of what we're doing, that's going to help our team," Jacobson said.
"Just having him back with that starting group and that group of guys that's been in the rotation, you can already see the impact. There's no question he's ready to get going."
UNI tips off the tournament against No. 2 Louisville on Thursday at 8:30 p.m.