The Charleston Classic: The Lowcountry’s premiere college hoops event

College basketball season tipped-off earlier this month and some of the nation’s best teams will be in Charleston for the 15th Annual Charleston Classic. The eight team-bracketed tournament will take place on November 17, 18 and 20 at TD Arena.

Here are seven reasons why you should consider attending the Lowcountry’s premiere college hoops event:

1: One ticket gives you access to two games

Single-session tickets start at $30 for Lower Bleacher/Upper General Admission and $50 for Premium Lower Chairback General Admission. Tickets are per session, meaning you get to see two games for one price! The tournament consists of six sessions, a total of 12 games. At a capacity of just over 5,000, there isn’t a bad seat in the house at TD Arena. For more information visit:  espnevents.com/charleston-classic/tickets.

2: Two teams with new head coaches 

Come watch two teams that are being led by a new head coach. After six years as associate head coach to his dad, Bob McKillop, Matt McKillop has taken over the Davidson men’s basketball head coaching position. He has been on staff with the Wildcats for 14 years and still ranks among the school’s all-time leaders in 3-pointers made (223/7th). For South Carolina, Lamont Paris steps in as the new head coach after a five-year stint at the University of Tennessee Chattanooga, which culminated in a NCAA tournament appearance last year. He makes history as the first African-American head coach of the Gamecock men’s basketball program. 

3: Three returning post-season teams

The Charleston Classic’s 2022 field is nothing short of tough competition. TD Arena will be hosting three 2022 post-season teams: 

  • NCAA Tournament teams – Colorado State, Davidson and Virginia Tech

4: Four teams are from colleges and universities in the Carolinas 

This year’s Charleston Classic will offer a different flavor than past years as ESPN showcases four teams from colleges and universities in the Carolinas. For the College of Charleston Cougars, sophomore Australian guard Reyne Smith will provide a spark for a team with NCAA tournament hopes. The Davidson Wildcats boast Foster Loyer (16.1 points per game, or PPG) who serves as a versatile weapon that will cause problems for defenses. Furman University has an impressive 22-12 record last year and is looking to build on their success with returning seniors, including point guard Mike Bothwell (15.7 PPG). The USC Gamecocks are a must-watch program after landing recruit G.G. Jackson, a power forward ranked sixth in ESPN’s 2022 draft class. 

5: Five perks that come with being in the VIP Hospitality Room 

Enjoy the game in style and upgrade your experience to VIP. The VIP Hospitality room and outdoor patio is located on the top floor of TD Arena behind Section 216. The package includes:One meal per session catered by a local Charleston restaurant partner plus tasty snacks, desserts and beverages.Open beer and wine bar (can be taken to the seating bowl as long as poured in a provided cup).Need some fresh air? Kick back and relax with your friends on the outdoor patio overlooking Ravenel Bridge decorated with string lights and comfortable furniture.Get your social media ready for this photo-worthy moment! The VIP room is decked out with colorful balloons and ESPN décor.Watch the game in one of our VIP lounge areas with couches and 84” screen TVs (Charleston Classic games will be on).Pricing is $80 for the afternoon sessions and $95 for the evening sessions. A separate ticket will be required to enter TD Arena.  Click here for more information.

6: Six different sessions to attend 

The tournament takes place over the course of three days with two different sessions each day, so there are plenty of opportunities to attend.  

  • Need a break from work or want to spend some time with co-workers outside the office? Come to the second session on Thursday or Friday afternoon starting at 5 p.m.
  • Have kids in school and don’t want to stay out too late on Sunday? Sunday morning is the best option for you starting at 10:30 a.m.
  • Want to see the best teams in the tournament square off? Come to the championship session on Sunday afternoon at 3:30 p.m.! 

7: Lowcountry legends

The Charleston Classic and TD arena have hosted notable NBA alumni. The Charleston Classic boasts 14 alums currently playing in the NBA. They includes:

  • Jalen Brunson – Dallas Mavericks (Villanova, 2016)
  • Donte DiVincenzo – Milwaukee Bucks (Villanova, 2016)
  • John Collins – Atlanta Hawks (Wake Forest, 2016)
  • Trevor Booker – Retired – Indiana Pacers (Clemson, 2008 MVP)
  • Jarrell Brantley- Utah Jazz (Charleston, 2016)
  • Josh Hart – New Orleans Pelicans (Villanova, 2016 MVP)
  • James Bouknight – Charlotte Hornets (UConn, 2019)
  • Naji Marshall –  New Orleans Pelicans (Xavier, 2019)
  • Tre Mann – Oklahoma Thunder (Florida, 2019)
  • Nickeil Alexander-Walker – New Orleans Pelicans (Virginia Tech, 2018 MVP)
  • Mikal Bridges – Phoenix Suns (Villanova, 2016)
  • Carsen Edwards – Boston Celtics (Purdue, 2018)
  • Chandler Hutchison – Chicago Bulls (Boise State, 2016)
  • Malcolm Brogdon –  Indiana Pacers (Virginia, 2015)

The Essentials

  • Who: College of Charleston, Colorado State, Davidson, Furman, Old Dominion University, Penn State, University of South Carolina and Virginia Tech
  • What: Bracket-style college basketball tournament
  • When: November 17, 18 and 20
  • Where: TD Arena | Downtown Charleston
  • Why: The Charleston Classic is one of the largest annual sporting events to come to this great city. All 12 games will be broadcast on ESPN networks so help pack out TD Arena and check out some exciting college basketball. 

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