ESPN Events has revealed the bracket for the eleventh annual Charleston Classic, to be played Nov. 15, 16 & 18 at TD Arena in Charleston, S.C. The field of eight is the strongest in event history, featuring five teams who played in the 2018 NCAA Tournament.
The top half of the bracket will feature Ball State vs. Virginia Tech and Alabama vs. Northeastern. Alabama and Virginia Tech squared off in the first round of the NCAA Tournament back in March, with the Tide coming out on top in an 86-83 thriller. The Hokies return seven of its eight top scorers and come in at No. 14 in ESPN.com’s Way-Too-Early Top 25 Preseason Poll. Northeastern is a favorite in the Colonial Athletic Association (CAA) after sharing the regular season title last year, while Ball State has won at least 19 games in each of the past three seasons.
The bottom half of the bracket will play in the evening on Thursday and Friday, and includes Purdue vs. Appalachian State and Wichita State vs. Davidson. The Boilermakers return First Team All-Big Ten PG Carsen Edwards from last year’s Sweet 16 squad and are ranked No. 25 in the ESPN.com poll. Appalachian State is coming off its most successful season under fifth year coach Jim Fox and will be the first member of the Sun Belt Conference to play in the Charleston Classic. Davidson returns Atlantic-10 Rookie of the Year Kellan Grady from its conference championship team, while Wichita State earned its seventh straight NCAA Tournament bid as a No. 4 seed.
The bracket-format tournament features 12 games over three days. The teams compete once per day, regardless of results. The two unbeaten teams will face off in a championship game at 8:30 p.m. on Sunday, Nov. 18.
|Thu, Nov 15||11:30 a.m.||Ball State vs. Virginia Tech||ESPN2|
|2 p.m.||Alabama vs. Northeastern||ESPNU|
|5 p.m.||Purdue vs. Appalachian State||ESPN2|
|7 p.m.||Wichita State vs. Davidson||ESPN3|
|Fri, Nov 16||11 a.m.||Semifinal #1||ESPN2 or ESPNU|
|1 p.m. or 1:30 p.m.||Consolation #1||ESPN2 or ESPNU|
|4:30 p.m.||Semifinal #2||ESPNU|
|6:30 p.m.||Consolation #2||ESPNU|
|Sun, Nov 18||11 a.m.||7th Place Game||ESPN3|
|1:30 p.m.||5th Place Game||ESPNU|
|6 p.m.||3rd Place Game||ESPNU|
Non-Bracketed Games: Ball State at Purdue (Nov. 10), Appalachian State at Alabama (Nov. 11), Northeastern at Davidson (Nov. 24)
All-tournament tickets for the Charleston Classic go on sale at 10 a.m. on Friday, July 13. Fans can purchase a discounted early bird Baseline/Upper level ticket for $100 (regularly $115) or Premium Sideline general admission seat for $125 (regularly $135) through August 10. College of Charleston season ticket holders can purchase Baseline/Upper general admission all-session tickets for $80 or Premium Sideline general admission tickets for $95. The number of Premium Sideline tickets will be very limited.
Tickets are available at http://www.CharlestonClassic.com or by calling the College of Charleston box office at (843) 953-2632.
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