C of C men to face national champion Villanova

The College of Charleston men’s basketball non-conference slate will pit the Cougars against defending national champion Villanova, and six other teams which advanced to postseason play a year ago.

The Cougars will travel to the home court of the Wildcats in a non-bracketed game of the ESPN Charleston Classic on Nov. 23 at The Pavilion in Villanova, Pa. It will mark a third-time meeting between both schools and the first since the opening-round game of the 2006 Paradise Jam in the U.S. Virgin Islands. The teams could also potentially meet in the championship game of the tournament on Nov. 20.

C of C will host Allen University in its lone exhibition game in the preseason on Nov. 4, followed by its season opener versus crosstown rival The Citadel on Nov. 11 at TD Arena.

This year’s edition of the Charleston Classic will feature C of C, Boise State, Mississippi State, UCF, UTEP, Villanova, Wake Forest and Western Michigan. The Cougars will face Boise State in a first-ever meeting in the opening round on Nov. 17 at 7 p.m. at TD Arena. They will then face either Mississippi State or UCF in the next round on Nov. 18.

The home slate also features rematches with Navy on Dec. 1 and former Southern Conference rival and NIT participant Davidson on Dec. 4 at TD Arena.

USC Upstate travels to the Lowcountry for a post-Thanksgiving break matchup on Nov. 27 at TD Arena, while the Cougars will play host to Anderson University in a post-final exams game on Dec. 15 at the North Charleston Coliseum — site of the 2017 Colonial Athletic Association Men’s Basketball Championship on March 3-6.

Aside from the Villanova game, road trips also include at CIT semifinalist Coastal Carolina on Nov. 14 in Conway, at East Carolina on Dec. 15 in Greenville, N.C., at LSU on Dec. 19 in Baton Rouge, La., and at CBI participant Western Carolina on Dec. 22 in Cullowhee, N.C.