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Will Iowa men head to Bahamas for tourney?

[ 0 ] April 30, 2013 |

BOONE, Ia. – Iowa men's basketball coach Fran McCaffery didn’t address speculation Tuesday that Iowa might play in the Battle 4 Atlantis next season instead of the Great Alaska Shootout.

“Our non-conference schedule is not set,” McCaffery said at a meeting of the Boone-Story County I-Club. “When it is, we’ll release it.”

The Battle for Atlantis, to be played Nov. 28-30 in the Bahamas, is looking for an eighth team after Michigan State withdrew to play in the 2013 Coaches vs. Cancer Classic at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, N.Y. The Atlantis field is made up of Kansas, Tennessee, Wake Forest, Villanova, Xavier, Southern California and Texas-El Paso.

Mike Gesell is still on the sidelines with a foot injury. (USA TODAY Sports photo)

Mike Gesell is still on the sidelines with a foot injury. (USA TODAY Sports photo)

The field in the Great Alaska Shootout, to be played Nov. 27-30, includes host Alaska-Anchorage,  Denver, Harvard, Indiana State, Iowa, Pepperdine, TCU and Tulsa.

ON THE SIDELINES

McCaffery said two players are being held out of off-season workouts because of foot issues. One is guard Mike Gesell, who played on a sore foot down the stretch. The other is center Gabe Olaseni.

“We’re just being cautious with them,” McCaffery said. “Gabe’s problem developed a little later. We were trying to figure out what to do with him and then the season was over, so we just shut him down.”

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