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 www.charlestonclassic.com.
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.
“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.
– 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