The Charleston Classic presented by Gildan announced six of the eight-team field for the 2014 tournament to be held Thursday, Friday and Sunday, Nov. 20, 21 and 23, at TD Arena in Charleston, S.C. South Carolina will compete in the event for the second time, and for the first time since the 2009 campaign. The other participating teams announced are Akron, Cornell, Miami (Fla.), Penn State and Southern California. The final two teams will be announced at a later date.
"We are very excited to participate in next year's Charleston Classic," South Carolina head coach Frank Martin said. "Competing right here in our home state, in front of our great Gamecock fans will be a big opportunity for our team. The field for the tournament is going to be very competitive and will be a good test for our guys early in the season."
Miami (Fla.), Penn State and South Carolina are each making their second appearance in the Charleston Classic. During the 2009 event, the Gamecocks defeated La Salle in the tournament's opening round, earned a win over USF to advance to the finals, and lost to Miami in the championship game.
The 2014 Charleston Classic 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 (2012), Northwestern (2011), Georgetown (2010), Miami (Fla.) (2009) and Clemson (2008). The 2013 Champion will be crowned on Sunday, Nov. 24 at 9:00 pm ET on ESPN2.
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 site at www.charlestonclassic.com.
The Charleston Classic is owned and operated by ESPN Regional Television (ERT), a subsidiary of ESPN.