Four Carolinas basketball teams and four others from Pennsylvania to Colorado will vie this week for the 2022 Shriners Children’s Charleston Classic crown that people across the country will view on ESPN.

College of Charleston Coach Pat Kelsey said the 12-game televised tournament is a big boon.

“It’s great for the college and great for Charleston and great for college basketball,” he told the City Paper. “We’re really excited to be part of it. Around college basketball, there’s such a respect for the tournament because it’s so well-run and there are so many high-level programs that come here. And it showcases one of the best cities in the country.”

Match-ups that start Thursday in TD Arena in Charleston include:

11:30 a.m., Nov. 17:  Furman Paladins vs. Penn State Nittany Lions.
2 p.m., Nov. 17:  Old Dominion Monarchs vs. Virginia Tech Hokies.
5 p.m., Nov. 17: Colorado State Rams vs. South Carolina Gamecocks.
7 p.m., Nov. 17: Davidson Wildcats vs. College of Charleston Cougars.

On Friday, winners from Nov. 17 will play at noon and 5 p.m. Losers will face each other about 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. (20 minutes after the conclusion of the previous game).

The championship game is set for 3:30 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 20, with three other games scheduled throughout the day.  

To view the City Paper’s special guide to the Charleston Classic, visit

For brackets, tickets and information about the games, visit

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