The field for the 2015 Gildan Charleston Classic was revealed Thursday morning, and one of the eight teams scheduled to participate are the Virginia Cavaliers. Tony Bennett’s team, currently ranked ninth in the Associated Press poll, won the ACC regular season and tournament titles last season.
Virginia is one of two teams in the field that reached the NCAA tournament last season, with Oklahoma State being the other. Joining the Cavaliers and Cowboys in the tournament field are Bradley, George Mason, Long Beach State, Ole Miss, Seton Hall and Towson.
Two of the eight teams have participated in past editions of the Gildan Charleston Classic, with George Mason being one of the eight teams in the 2010 field and Seton Hall taking part in 2011. The Pirates fell to Northwestern in the championship game of the 2011 event.
The 2015 Gildan Charleston Classic is scheduled for November 19, 20 and 22 at the T.D. Arena in Charleston, South Carolina.
With South Carolina, Akron, Cornell, Miami, Penn State and USC already committed to the 2014 Gildan Charleston Classic, tournament organizers had two spots to fill for the eight-team event. Tuesday afternoon the two schools were announced, with Charlotte and Drexel being the programs who will round out the field.
The games will be played on November 21, 22 and 24 at the College of Charleston, and the 2014 edition will be the seventh in the history of the event. Miami made the most of its one prior trip to Charleston, winning the event in 2009. And with transfer guards Angel Rodriguez and Sheldon McClellan eligible the Hurricanes will have more depth than they did last season.
South Carolina will be a year older and USC has a very good recruiting class, led by point guard Jordan McLaughlin, to rely on after taking their lumps in the first season of the Andy Enfield era. Penn State returns D.J. Newbill from last season’s team, with Akron looking to account for the loss of key players such as forward Demetrius Treadwell.
As for the two additions, Charlotte won the Puerto Rico Tip-Off last season but failed to perform at that level in conference play. The good news for the 49ers is that point guard Pierria Henry will be back for his senior season. Drexel loses Chris Fouch and Frantz Massenat but Damian Lee, who missed much of last season due to a torn ACL, will be back for Bruiser Flint’s Dragons.