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Bradley

The Braves will make their first appearance in the Gildan Charleston Classic in 2015. They will arrive in Charleston with 10 seniors on their roster and the experience to make a strong showing. The 2015-16 season will be the fifth for head coach Geno Ford. He will be looking to get the Missouri Valley its’ first win at the Charleston Classic.

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George Mason

The Patriots will make a return trip to the Charleston Classic, where they went 1-2 in the 2010 tournament. Back then, George Mason beat Charlotte before losing to NC State and Wofford. That was the last year with George Mason for Jim Larranaga. The team is now lead by Paul Hewitt, who arrived in Fairfax, Va., after 11 years as head coach at Georgia Tech. In his first year, Hewitt led the Patriots to a 24-win season, including a 14-4 mark in CAA play, and helped guide senior Ryan Pearson to the CAA Player of the Year award. The 2014-15 Patriots return all five starters in an effort to reach the NCAA Championships for the first time since 2011.

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Long Beach State

Not only will this be the first appearance for Long Beach State in the Gildan Charleston Classic, it’s a first for any team from the Big West Conference. Head coach Dan Monson has rebuilt the Long Beach State basketball program in his seven seasons with The Beach, taking a program that won just six games in his first season to three Big West titles, six straight top-three finishes, two NIT appearances and a trip to the 2012 NCAA Championships. Long Beach State has averaged more than 20 wins per season in the last four years.

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Mississippi

The Rebels will be the fifth SEC team to play in the Gildan Charleston Classic and will try to be the first from the conference to win the tournament. Head coach Andy Kennedy joined Ole Miss in 2006 and gained immediate success in his first six seasons in Oxford, with five 20-win campaigns and six postseason wins, including two NIT Final Four appearances. In 2013, Kennedy led Ole Miss to its second SEC Tournament title, a school record-tying 27 wins and the Rebels’ first NCAA Championships appearance since 2002, en route to SEC Coach of the Year honors. The 2014-15 Rebels return three starters on what will be an experienced team coming to Charleston next fall.

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Oklahoma State

The Cowboys finished as runners-up in the 2013 Orlando Classic, and they look to go 3-0 when they come to Charleston next fall. Oklahoma State will be the third team from the Big 12 to play in the Gildan Charleston Classic. No Big 12 team has won the tournament. Five freshmen from a nationally ranked recruiting class, along with returning senior Phil Forte III should have the Cowboys in contention for the 2015 Gildan Charleston Classic title.

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Seton Hall

The Pirates will return in 2015 to the Gildan Charleston Classic, where they went 2-1 in the 2011 tournament. They beat VCU and Saint Joseph’s before losing to Northwestern in the championship game. The Pirates are led by head coach Kevin Willard, who in his first four seasons has lead Seton Hall back to prominence. On the recruiting trail, Willard has built a solid foundation, inking a consensus top-15 class in the nation for 2014. The class was rated as high as seventh among major online recruiting services and features the program’s first McDonald’s All-American since 2000 in Isaiah Whitehead, only the fifth all-time.

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Towson

Head coach Pat Skerry has changed the culture of the Towson men’s basketball program. Through his first three seasons, he has guided the Tigers to the biggest turnaround in NCAA Division I history, and followed it up by establishing a new single-season school record last season with 25 wins. The scoring and leadership will come from junior Four McGlynn. The sharpshooter is the top returning scorer from last season, after he averaged 9.2 points per game in his first year in a Tigers uniform. He also knocked down 71 three-pointers and set a new TU record by hitting 91.3 percent of his free throws. This will be the first appearance for Towson in the Gildan Charleston Classic.

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Virginia

The ACC has the best record (11-7) of any conference to play in the Gildan Charleston Classic. Virginia head coach Tony Bennett came aboard in 2006, and the Cavaliers’ record since has improved each season as they have compiled an overall record of 106-60. Virginia returned to national prominence in 2013-14, winning the ACC regular season (16-2) and tournament titles in the same season for the first time in school history. The Cavaliers also tied a school record with 30 wins, earned a No. 1 seed in the NCAA Championships, and made their first NCAA Sweet 16 appearance since 1995.