GREENVILLE, N.C. --- East Carolina will be one of eight teams playing in the third annual Charleston Classic in 2010. The 12-game, three-day tournament will be held Nov. 18-21 at the Carolina First Arena In Charleston, S.C. Tournament pairings and game times will be announced at a later date by ESPN Region Television, Inc., a subsidiary of ESPN. The two teams that remain undefeated throughout will face off in the championship game Sunday, Nov. 21, on ESPN2.
The field for the Charleston Classic will include Charlotte, East Carolina, George Mason, Georgetown, North Carolina State and Wofford. The two teams that will round out the field will be announced at a later date.
Four of the teams in the field played in the 2009-10 postseason, including NCAA Tournament participants Georgetown and Wofford. North Carolina State played in the National Invitation Tournament, and George Mason played in the CollegeInsider.com Tournament.
“This year’s field for the Charleston Classic once again demonstrates the Charleston Classic is building a tradition of outstanding basketball in one of the country’s great destination cities,” ESPN Regional Television Vice President Dan Shoemaker said. “The Classic being heavy on teams from the Carolinas as well as storied programs like Georgetown and George Mason insures an exciting event for the teams and fans alike.”
The 2010-11 campaign will be the Pirates’ first under new head coach Jeff Lebo. Lebo, who spent the past six seasons as the head coach at Auburn, has averaged nearly 18 wins per season during his 12-year coaching career.
East Carolina will return all five starters for the upcoming season, including leading scorer (15.5 ppg) and career assists’ leader Brock Young. The rising senior was a second-team All-Conference USA selection this past season and a candidate for the Cousy Award. Darrius Morrow, the team’s leading rebounder the past two seasons, and Jamar Abrams, a double-figure scorer each of the past two years, also return as starters off last year's squad.
The Pirate program has played three of teams in the 2010 field within the last three seasons. During the 2007-08 season, the Pirates defeated George Mason at the Verizon Center in Washington, D.C. and upended N.C. State, 75-69, in Greenville. The Patriots and Wolfpack each posted wins over ECU the following year.
Last season, the Pirates took on Charlotte for the first time since the 49ers left Conference USA in 2005 and suffered a 12-point loss on the road.
Anthony Travel, the Official Travel Partner of the Charleston Classic, will have travel options available including accommodations at the official tournament hotels and game tickets. Visit CharlestonClassic.com for up-to-date travel information.