Citadel to host Air Force, Army and VMI in All-Military Classic basketball tournament
The Citadel will host Air Force, Army and VMI in the All-Military Classic basketball tournament this weekend at McAlister Field House.
Army will take on Air Force at 2 p.m. Saturday to open the event, with The Citadel taking on VMI at 4 p.m.
The championship game is set for 4 p.m. Sunday, with the third-place game at 2 p.m.
In coach Chuck Driesellís third year, The Citadel is coming off a 6-24 season, but returns all-Southern Conference center Mike Groselle and a core of five sophomores who played a lot of minutes last season.
VMI was 17-16 last year under coach Dugger Baucom, and returns three starters, including 6-6 senior Stan Okoye, the preseason Big South player of the year.
Air Force was 13-16 last year, and begins its first full season under coach Dave Pilipovich. The Falcons have an all-senior starting lineup led by 6-5 Michael Lyons, who averaged 15.6 points per game last season.
Army was 12-18 last season under coach Zach Spiker. Senior forward Ella Ellis was named the preseason all-Patriot League team after averaging 17.5 points last year.
This is the second of the four-year deal for the tournament, with each school hosting once. Air Force hosted the first tournament last season, VMI will host in 2013 and Army in 2014. Air Force won the title last year, defeating VMI 75-65 in the final.
For ticket information, call 843-953-DOGS.