Men's Basketball to Open Classic Against Northwestern
Communications Sr. Associate
BATON ROUGE - ESPN Regional Television and ESPN.com announced Wednesday the matchups for the 2011 Charleston Classic presented by Foster Grant, to be played Nov. 17, 18 and 20 at Carolina First Arena in Charleston, S.C.
The Tigers will play in the feature matchup of the first day of the eight-team event (Nov. 17), meeting Northwestern in a 2 p.m. CST contest that will be televised nationally on ESPNU. The Wildcats won 20 games a year ago and hold a 2-1 lead in its all-time series with LSU, though the teams haven't met since the Wildcats posted a 98-86 win on Dec. 30, 1965 in Los Angeles.
The other game in the Tigers half of the bracket will find Tulsa and Western Kentucky meeting at 11:30 a.m. CST. LSU will play one of those teams in the second day of play (Nov. 18) either at noon or 2:30 p.m. CST. If LSU beats Northwestern in the opening round, the semifinal matchup with the Tulsa-Western Kentucky winner will also be televised by ESPNU.
Andy Katz in the ESPN.com preview of the tournament called the top part of the bracket "stronger" and "the best first-round game with potentially two of the best teams in the tournament" would be LSU and Northwestern with the winner "potentially the winner of the tournament."
The bottom half of the bracket on the opening day has last year's Cinderella member of the NCAA Final Four, VCU taking on Seton Hall and Georgia Tech facing St. Joseph's.
After play on Nov. 18, the tournament takes a day off and return on Sunday, Nov. 20 with the final day of play with games at 11 a.m., 1:30, 5 and 7:30 p.m. The third place game at 5 p.m., followed by the championship game will be televised by ESPNU.
The Southern Conference (SoCon) will again serve as the event's sponsoring conference. This is the fourth year of the Classic.
Georgetown captured the Charleston Classic 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 (two games) for $20 each. "Booster tickets" are available for $50, allowing entrance to all three sessions (six games) involving the pre-designated team of your choice. Tickets are available at www.CharlestonClassic.com or by calling the Carolina First Arena Box Office at 843-953-2632.
Fans can purchase official hotel accommodations and game tickets by going to www.anthonytravel.com (search Charleston Classic) or by calling 1-888-632-6951.
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Charleston Classic Matchups
VCU vs. Seton Hall
Georgia Tech vs. St. Joseph's
Tulsa vs. Western Kentucky
LSU vs. Northwestern