The Charleston Classic in November won't include any area team or South Carolina or Clemson, but the lineup for the November basketball tournament at College of Charleston's Carolina First Arena has some real drawing power.
Georgetown and North Carolina State are among the six confirmed teams scheduled to play in the third annual eight-team event on Nov. 18-21.
ESPN vice president Dan Shoemaker revealed the partial field this weekend while attending the Cremins Tennis Challenge at the Family Circle Tennis Center, hosted by College of Charleston basketball coach Bobby Cremins.
Also participating are Wofford, East Carolina, George Mason and Charlotte. Shoemaker says the other two teams have yet to be determined.
Cremins says he's pleased to have a Charleston Classic field that includes Georgetown and N.C. State, even if his Cougars are missing for a second straight year.
"This is important for the fans of the city," Cremins said of the tournament's field. "This is the first year we don't have Charleston or South Carolina or Clemson in it, and that makes it tougher (to promote), but ESPN wants to make this tournament a good one."
The Cougars played in the inaugural Charleston Classic that was won by Clemson in 2008. South Carolina was runner-up to Miami last year. A
school can play in the same tournament only once every four years.
"ESPN has several tournaments across the country, but they selected Charleston," said Cremins. "ESPN wanted to keep it in Charleston. It's not easy. The economy has affected a lot of things. "We hope to keep this thing going. The city has embraced the tournament, and if we can embrace it a little more ...
"We were hoping to get The Citadel, but with a new coach we decided to let him (new Citadel coach Chuck Driesell) settle in."
Cremins says he's pleased with ESPN's demonstrated commitment of showing early rounds of the tournament on ESPNU and then broadcasting the championship on ESPN2.
Georgetown will bring a strong team to Charleston that's expected to earn a berth in the NCAA tournament for the fifth time in seven years under coach John Thompson III. The Hoyas fashioned a 23-11 record last season, advancing to the Big East tournament final for the third time in six seasons, and the Hoyas were the only team to defeat both NCAA finalists Duke and Butler.
N.C. State is coming off of a 20-16 season in which coach Sidney Lowe's Wolfpack advanced to the second round of the NIT.