Kansas head coach Bill Self says that a team cannot become a team unless they travel some place, which is a big reason why the Jayhawks take frequent trips every year to play in various tournaments and games. They also provide a simulation to what they see later in the season during tournament time.
This particular and much hyped Kansas team will be taking such a trip this week, when they travel to the Bahamas to take part in the "Battle For Atlantis." They'll face Wake Forest on Thursday afternoon and will begin the process of gelling.
The Jayhawks will compete against a good field of schools that possess great potential this season. Aside from the Demon Deacons, Villanova, Southern California, Xavier, Iowa, Tennessee and Texas-El Paso will make up the field of the tournament.
"The field is good," Self said. "Wake Forest is 5-0 and Villanova is definitely a tournament team. Tennessee and Xavier are definitely tournament teams. It's a good field. I saw where somebody ranks it as the first or second best field of all the preseason tournaments. So, it'll be fun and a chance to play three good teams."
The other storyline will be the somewhat unconventional venue, which will see a basketball court placed in a ballroom that seats around 3,800 people. But, as Self says, the tournament is run with a tremendous amount of class and there's a reason its popularity is on the rise.
"I don't think it'll be awkward," Self said. "I got a picture of it today and I think it'll be pretty cool. I don't think it'll have an effect on whether or not we shoot the ball in the hole or not."