ESPN announces match-ups for 2011 Charleston Classic

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ESPN Regional Television, a subsidiary of ESPN, has announced the match-ups for the 2011 Charleston Classic set for Thursday, Friday and Sunday, November 17, 18 and 20, at Carolina First Arena.

The field for the fourth annual Charleston Classic presented by Foster Grant will include Georgia Tech, LSU, Northwestern, St. Joseph’s, Seton Hall, Tulsa, Virginia Commonwealth and Western Kentucky. VCU made a magical run to the NCAA Final Four last season, while Northwestern reached the semifinals of the National Invitation Tournament.

The first round will commence Thursday, November 17, with games featuring Tulsa against Western Kentucky at 12:30 p.m.; LSU versus Northwestern at 3 p.m. (ESPNU); VCU against Seton Hall at 5:30 p.m. (ESPNU); and Georgia Tech and St. Joseph’s at 8 p.m.

The bracket-format tournament will feature 12 games in three days with an off day on Saturday, November 19. Each team will compete in one game per day, with the two teams that remain undefeated facing off in a championship match Sunday, November 20, at 8:30 p.m. on ESPNU.

Georgetown captured the Charleston Classic title last season, beating North Carolina State 82-67 in the championship game. Previous champions were Clemson in 2008 and Miami (Fla.) in 2009.

Fans can purchase tickets to all six sessions (12 games) for $90 each, or single-session tickets (two games) for $20 each. “Booster tickets” are also available for $50, allowing entrance to all three sessions (six games) involving the pre-designated team of your choice.

For more information about the tournament, please visit the official Web site at, follow on Twitter or “like” the event on Facebook.

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