Four of the teams in the field played in the 2009-10 postseason, including NCAA Tournament participants Georgetown and Wofford. NC State played in the National Invitation Tournament, and George Mason played in the CollegeInsider.com Tournament.
"This year's field for the Charleston Classic once again demonstrates the Charleston Classic is building a tradition of outstanding basketball in one of the country's great destination cities," said Dan Shoemaker, vice president, collegiate development, ESPN Regional Television. "The Classic being heavy on teams from the Carolinas as well as storied programs like Georgetown and George Mason insures an exciting event for the teams and fans alike."
The 2010 Charleston Classic, a bracket-format tournament, will feature 12 games in three days, Nov. 18, 19 and 21. The Southern Conference (SoCon) will serve as the event's sponsoring conference for the second straight year.
Each team will compete in one game per day, advancing through a bracket-tournament format. The two teams that remain undefeated throughout will face off in a championship match Sunday, Nov. 21, on ESPN2.
An Atlantic Coast Conference team has won each of the first two Charleston Classic titles, with Miami (Fla.) winning in 2009 and Clemson winning the inaugural event in 2008.
NC State has found success playing in tournaments under Sidney Lowe, as the Pack has captured team titles at both in-season tournaments the Pack has played during Lowe's tenure. The Pack started last season strong, as NC State was the only team to go 4-0 and won the Glenn Wilkes Classic in Daytona Beach. In the 2007-08 season, the Pack won the Old Spice Classic with a 3-0 record in Orlando. In Lowe's first four seasons at NC State, the Pack is 15-6 in both in-season and post season tournaments.
Anthony Travel, the Official Travel Partner of the Charleston Classic, will have travel options available including accommodations at the official tournament hotels and game tickets. Visit CharlestonClassic.com for up-to-date travel information.