Massachusetts To Play In 2013 Charleston Classic
April 10, 2013
AMHERST, Mass. - The Massachusetts basketball team has been invited to participate in the Sixth Annual Charleston Classic, Nov. 21-24 at TD Arena in Charleston, S.C. as announced by ESPN Regional Television Wednesday.
The other participants in eight-team field are Clemson, Davidson, Georgia, New Mexico, Nebraska, Temple and UAB. The bracketed event will run the same weekend (Thursday, Friday and Sunday prior to Thanksgiving) as last season's Puerto Rico Tip-Off that the Minutemen participated in.
Previous Atlantic 10 teams to participate in the event include Temple in 2008, La Salle in 2009, Charlotte in 2010, Saint Joseph's in 2011 and Dayton in 2012. George Mason in 2010 and VCU in 2011 have also been in the event when they were members of the CAA.
The matchups and game times will be announced at a later date by ERT.
UMass is coming off its second-consecutive 20-plus win season and has participated in the National Invitation Tournament each of the last two years.
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Davidson, Massachusetts Complete 2013 Field for Sixth Annual Charleston Classic
ESPN Regional Television (ERT), a subsidiary of ESPN, announced today that Davidson and Massachusetts will complete the eight team field for the 2013 Charleston Classic set for Nov. 21-24 at TD Arena in Charleston, S.C.
The other six teams, previously announced, are Clemson, Georgia, New Mexico, Nebraska, Temple and UAB.
Headlining the field are New Mexico, Temple and Davidson, which earned NCAA Championship berths and UMass, which played in the NIT.
New Mexico, the Mountain West regular season and tournament champion, ranked
No. 19 in the final AP/USA Today Coaches' Polls and also secured a No. 3 seed in the 2013 NCAA Championship
The 2013 Charleston Classic, a men's college basketball tournament, will feature a bracket format with 12 games over three days. Each team will compete in one game per day, advancing through the bracket. The two teams that remain undefeated throughout will face off in a championship game on the final day of competition.
Past winners of the Charleston Classic are Colorado, Northwestern, Georgetown, Miami (Fla.) and Clemson. In the 2013 NCAA Tournament, both Georgetown and Miami (Fla.) secured No. 2 seeds with Miami (Fla.) advancing to the Elite 8.
This family-friendly tournament offers the teams a week of practice, play and experiences in and around historic Charleston.
Additional information, including travel packages, can be found on the Charleston Classic web site at www.charlestonclassic.com.
The Charleston Classic is owned and operated by ERT.
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