November 17, 2010

Spartans Set for Third-Annual Charleston Classic

Charleston Classic Game Notes | Charleston Classic Website

SPARTANBURG, S.C. – For the fifth time since making the move to Division I, the USC Upstate men's basketball team will participate in a tournament event.  This time the Spartans will compete in their home state as they travel to Charleston, S.C. and join Coastal Carolina, Charlotte, East Carolina, George Mason, Georgetown, NC State and Wofford in the eight team event.

On Thursday, Upstate will face cross-town rival Wofford at 2:30 p.m.  The game will be aired on both the Mid-Atlantic Sports Network (MASN) and Comcast Sports South (CSS).  The game will air on MASN for satellite customers (Directv channel 640 and Dish Network channel 432).  For fans in the Spartanburg area that subscribe to Charter Cable services, the game will air on CSS (channel 36). 

On Friday, the Spartans will again be on television.  If Upstate defeats Wofford, they will play the winner of No. 20 Georgetown and Coastal Carolina on Friday on ESPNU (Directv channel 208, Dish Network channel 148, Charter Cable channel 302 and AT&T U-Verse channel 605).  If the Spartans fall on Thursday, they will face the loser of No. 20 Georgetown and Coastal Carolina on Friday, with that game airing on MASN/CSS.

The Charleston Classic championship game will appear on ESPNU on Sunday night at 7:30 p.m., with the third-place game airing on ESPNU at 5:30 p.m. on Sunday.

Fans can also catch all the action live by clicking on the free audio link at the top of page.  All three games will be streamed free and will begin approximately 10 minutes before tip-off.

About the Tournament…

The 2010 Charleston Classic is the fourth tournament the Spartans have competed in since the move to Division I at the beginning of the 2007-08 season.  The Spartans played in the BP Top of the World Classic in Fairbanks, Alaska (Nov. 16-18, 2007) and the State Farm Sun Bowl Tournament (Dec. 21-22, 2007).  In 2008, Upstate competed in the Findlay Toyota Las Vegas Classic (Dec. 17-23).

Upstate arrives in Charleston, S.C. on a two-game losing streak to begin the season, losing at Michigan on Nov. 13 and falling vicitm to a second half surge by Virginia on Monday night.

The Spartans own a 27-24 record against teams competing in this season's event.  Upstate is 15-7 all-time against Wofford, with the Terriers claiming a 52-49 victory in the last meeting on Jan. 25, 1988.  Coastal Carolina is 16-12 against Upstate, with Upstate winning 67-59 in the last meeting on Jan. 26, 1985.  Upstate is 0-1 all-time vs. East Carolina (L, 52-64, Greenville, N.C., Dec. 15, 2001).

• The Spartans are 6-3 all-time on November 18, last falling to Oregon State, 46-65, in the third and final game of the BP Top of the World Classic.

• The Spartans are 4-4 all-time on November 19, last defeating Lenoir-Rhyne, 78-69 in 2005.

• The Spartans are 6-4 all-time on November 21, last losing at Winthrop, 46-49, in 2009.

• Senior Josh Chavis needs just five assists to pass Eric Murrell (2000-04) for 15th all-time in career assists.  Chavis currently has 216 career assists.

• On Monday night, sophomore Tony Dukes was a perfect 5-for-5 from beyond the 3-point arc and became the first Spartan to connect on five or more three pointers since Josh Chavis hit 10 against Florida Gulf Coast (Dec. 14, 2009).

• Junior Chalmers Rogers continues to be a solid player for Upstate in the early going.  Chalmers grabbed career-best nine rebounds at Michigan to go with seven points.  He scored eight points, one off of his career high, at Virginia.