Tallahassee, FL -- Florida State will ride it's four game winning streak into the warm waters of the Caribbean. The Noles will play in the inaugural Battle 4 Atlantis tournament this Thanksgiving holiday.
"Our focus still has to be basketball no matter where we're traveling to," says senior guard Luke Loucks. "I think it's more of a business trip than a vacation but it's a pretty nice place to take a business trip."
Holiday tournaments are not new for the team. Last year they flew roughly 6,000 miles to the Hawaiian islands over Christmas. As much as they enjoyed Christmas in paradise, a quick 90 minute flight to Nassau is much better on their bodies.
"It was crazy flying all the way to Hawaii," adds junior forward Terrance Shannon. "I like Hawaii a lot but I didn't like that plane ride at all."
Loucks adds, "You look back at our season last year and after that Hawaii trip we definitely had a little bit, not jet lag because we had a break, but some heavy legs maybe from all the traveling."
The Seminoles open the tournament Thanksgiving day against UMASS and could possibly face the defending nation champion UCONN Huskies in the final round.
"This prepares you for the ACC," says head coach Leonard Hamilton. "Back to back to back games. You have teams that you're going to have to prepare for who have different offensive systems and defensive systems."
The tournament will be played at the Atlantis Resort where the Imperial Arena will be turned into a 4,000 seat stadium.