Field Announced For Shriners Children’s Charleston Classic

The field is now set for the 2021 Shriners Children’s Charleston Classic, which will be played on November 18, 19 and 21 at TD Arena in Charleston, South Carolina. As previously reported, the Mountaineers will play in the three-day event, and will be joined by Boise State, Clemson, Elon, Marquette, Ole Miss, St. Bonaventure and Temple in the 5,100-seat venue which serves as the home court for the College of Charleston.

WVU is coming off a 19-10 season in which it won the Bad Boys Mowers Crossover Classic to start the season on Nov. 25-27, 2020. The Mountaineers won their opening round game in the NCAA Tournament before falling to hot-shooting Syracuse in the second round.

Tickets will be available for purchase following the announcement of the complete tournament schedule later this summer. Fans can immediately secure up to $25 off each all-tournament ticket by signing up for pre-sale at

West Virginia is 3-0 all-time in games played in Charleston, South Carolina, but last played there in 1963. The Mountaineers faced hometown Citadel on all three of their trips, winning contests in 1959, 1961 and 1963.

All games will be televised on the ESPN family of networks. Brackets and game times will be announced at a later date.

WVU 2021-22 Men’s Basketball Schedule

“We are excited to welcome Shriners Hospital for Children into our ESPN Events family,” said Clint Overby, vice president of ESPN Events. “This title sponsorship will provide many opportunities to highlight and support this incredible organization during tournament week both in Charleston and during game telecasts. We look forward to highlighting and supporting their work, as well as welcoming student-athletes, coaches and fans back to Charleston for this wonderful event.”

“We are thrilled to team up with ESPN and the Charleston Classic in support of our life-changing mission,” said James R. “Jim” Smith, Imperial Potentate of Shriners International and CEO of Shriners Hospitals for Children. “Our healthcare system has helped nearly 1.5 million children in the last century, transforming the lives of so many and giving them the ability to pursue their passions including sports such as basketball.

Field Highlights

– St. Bonaventure is ranked No. 15 in ESPN’s “Way Too Early” Top 25 for the upcoming season

– West Virginia earned a No. 3 seed in the 2021 NCAA Tournament and advanced to the second round

– Marquette is led by new head coach Shaka Smart, who finished with a 109-86 record at Texas, earning a No. 3 seed in the 2021 NCAA Tournament

– Clemson has reached two of the last three NCAA Tournaments, securing a No. 7 seed last season

– Boise State and Ole Miss played in the 2021 NIT Tournament

– Temple is a returning Charleston Classic champion (2017)

– Elon advanced to the CAA Championship last season

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    The field is now set for the 2021 Shriners Children’s Charleston Classic, which will be played on November 18, 19 and 21 at TD Arena in Charleston, So
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    That is a very good lineup for this tournament.


    Lo0ks like a semi-Big East reunion to me. Be fun to see those teams again. Too bad Georgetown isn’t in it, too. 


    Marquette was the only BE team other than WVU and only since ’05 after the BC, VT, Criami departures.

    Bonnies and Temple were in the A10 with WVU long ago.


    Thanks for the correction. But all are old rivals that I would love to see again. I got that part right, correct? I would love to see a Nostalgia Basketball Tournament with WVU, St. Bonaventure, Georgetown, Syracuse, Pitt, Penn State, Maryland, North Carolina, North Carolina State, Rutgers, Temple, Duke, Wake Forest. Interestingly the current Southern Conference commissioner is Jim Schaus, son of Fred Schaus, who I think along with Oliver Luck are the two best athletic directors that WVU has had in my lifetime. Frederick Appleton Schaus came from Newark, Ohio to become the first 1,000-point season player in Mountaineer basketball history, then coached Jerry West to 1 point shy of winning the NCAA title in 1959 during his 1954-60 years in Morgantown and returned to WVU in 1981 as athletic director. He served his alma mater well in all 3 categories. 


    Had Pitt & Cuse & BC listened to JoPa there would have been an Eastern Football — and all sports conference.  But Gavitt convinced them to keep the BE as BB only.  IIRC, if Pitt had made a decision to move to a FB conference then Cuse and BC may have followed but there wasn’t much love between Pitt and PSU at that time.


    IMO, if that conference had been formed, it would have set WVU up for life.  I’ve been led to believe that why schools were against it was due to Penn State wanting the lions share of the profits.

    The second greatest loss for WVU was not being admitted into the ACC when it was formed.  Again, I’ve been led to believe the reason for this rejection was due to the WV roads.

    Those of us who drove on those roads in the early 1950s know just how bad they were.  They were all two lane mountain roads that was a disaster if one got behind a loaded truck going up the mountain, or in front of one going down the mountain.  Autos at that time wasn’t the high HP autos of today.  I don’t remember exactly what HP my 1952 Plymouth was, but remember that it was in the 100 HP area.

    In that era, I recall driving from Cumberland, Md to Tunnelton, WV around Christmas.  The trip was a complete disaster.


    Agree but it’s in the past.  Have to move on.  The Big 12 took WV in.  I’m a Big 12 fan


    “Agree but it’s in the past.  Have to move on.  The Big 12 took WV in.  I’m a Big 12 fan.”

    Yes, WVU is in the best situation both competitively and financially that it has ever been.


    B12 Money sureis good.  Money drives everything.


    ACC rejection had nothing to do with West Virginia roads. According to the legendary sportswriter Bill Evans of the Fairmont Times, president of the West Virginia Sportswriters Association when he made me chairman of the first-ever West Virginia High School Baseball All-State selections in 1954 when I was sports editor at the Williamson Daily News, Maryland blackballed WVU because Terps athletic department was pissed that WVU blocked giving Maryland approval to play in a bowl game a year or two before the Southern Conference splitup that led to the ACC. I trust Bill Evans’ version. Back then, some schools considered bowls beneath them. Times certainly have changed. Schools beg for bowl bids today. 


    Agree about Big 12 money. I’m delighted my alma mater is a member. Went from $10 million at the most from the Big East to $60 million in the Big 12. Easily offsets extra costs of travel for football, basketball, baseball and even golf and track. 

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