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Akron

This will be the first trip to the Charleston Classic for the Zips who entered the 2013-14 season as the two-time Mid-American Conference regular season champion and defending MAC Tournament champ. UA earned the No. 12 seed in the 2013 NCAA Tournament, its best seed in program history. Head coach Keith Dambrot became the 21st head coach of Akron men’s basketball on March 10, 2004, having led Akron to the postseason in six-straight and seven of the last eight seasons – participating in the NCAA Tournament in 2009, 2011 and 2013, the National Invitation Tournament in 2006, 2008 and 2012, and the College Basketball Invitational (CBI) in 2010.

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Cornell

Fifth-year coach Bill Courtney leads Cornell as the program makes its first appearance in the Charleston Classic. Regarded as a player’s coach, Courtney was an assistant at major conference programs Virginia Tech, Virginia and Providence, helping both George Mason and Bowling Green to national prominence. During his 15-year career as an assistant, Courtney was part of teams that made eight postseason appearances (three NCAA, four NIT, one CBI), won at least a share of four conference titles (Mid-American, Colonial and ACC) and posted 15 winning seasons with eight years of 18 wins or more.

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Miami

This will be the second trip to the Charleston Classic for Miami. They will look to duplicate their last appearance when they beat South Carolina to win the championship (85-70) in 2009. Last year, the Hurricanes played in the Wooden Legacy where they finished with a 2-1 record. Coach Lim Larranaga led UM to the 2013 NCAA Sweet 16, and won the school’s first ACC regular season and tournament championships. Larranaga was honored as the AP, Naismith, USBWA Henry Iba and ACC Coach of the Year. The Bronx native helped Miami to a No. 2 national ranking by both the AP and USA TODAY, and a No. 2 seed in the NCAA Tournament.

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Penn State

The Nittany Lions return to the Charleston Classic where they went 1-2 in 2009 with loses to UNC-Willington and Tulane before beating Davidson. Last year they played in the Puerto Rico Tip-Off where they also finished with a 1-2 record, losing to fellow 2014 CC participant Akron in the third game of the tournament. Coach Patrick Chambers came to Penn State from Boston University, where in 2010-11 he led the Terriers to the America East Conference Championship and the program’s first NCAA Tournament berth since 2002. He posted a 42-28 record in two years in his first head coaching stint at BU. He was the only BU coach in history to earn 20 wins in each of his first two seasons and the fastest to earn a conference championship in program history.

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South Carolina

The Gamecocks will be making their second visit to the Charleston Classic. In 2009, South Carolina lost to fellow 2014 Charleston Classic participant Miami in the championship game (85-70). Last year the Gamecocks played in the Hawaiian Airlines Diamond Head Classic where they finished with a 2-1 record. Martin is currently in his eighth season as a college head coach and his third with the Gamecocks. Notable South Carolina basketball alum include NBA great Alex English (1973-76) who holds the school record for minutes played (4,113) and field goals made (855) and Mike Dunleavy (1973-76) who ranks in the top ten in field goals made (615) and points scored (1,586).

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USC

Andy Enfield was named the USC men’s basketball head coach on April 1, 2013 and immediately brought a buzz to the program. Enfield captivated the nation as the head coach at Florida Gulf Coast University as he guided the first No. 15 seed into the NCAA Sweet Sixteen with impressive wins over No. 2 seed Georgetown and No. 7 seed San Diego. This season, the Trojans played in the Battle 4 Atlantis where they finished with a 1-2 record with loses to Villanova and Wake Forest and a win against Xavier. USC has never played fellow 2014 Charleston Classic participants Akron and Charlotte and hold a 6-3 record against the rest of the CC field.