Boise State in 2016 Charleston Classic
Nov. 19, 2015

CHARLESTON, S.C. - Boise State men’s basketball will play at the 2016 Gildan Charleston Classic, ESPN Events announced Thursday. The eight-team field also includes College of Charleston, Mississippi State, Central Florida, UTEP, Villanova, Wake Forest and Western Michigan.

The tournament will be played Nov. 17, 18 and 20, at TD Arena in Charleston, S.C. The family-friendly tournament offers teams a week of practice, play and experiences in and around historic Charleston.

The Charleston Classic will be Boise State’s third appearance in four years at an ESPN-owned early-season exempt tournament. The Broncos advanced to the championship game of the 2013 Diamond Head Classic and will take part in the 2015 DirecTV Wooden Legacy Nov. 26-29, in Southern California.

Prior to head coach Leon Rice’s arrival, Boise State had not played in a major early-season tournament since the 2000 Pearl Harbor Classic.

Of the eight-team field, Boise State has only previously met UTEP and Western Michigan on the hardwood. The Broncos and Miners were formerly conference foes in the Western Athletic Conference. UTEP owns a 6-5 all-time series lead, last meeting in 2005. Boise State and Western Michigan have split two contests, squaring off in 1981 and again in 1991.

Villanova is currently ranked No. 11 in the Associated Press Top 25 and is coming off a No. 1 seed in the last year’s NCAA Tournament. UTEP participated in the NIT and Western Michigan advanced to the Tournament.

Additional information, including travel packages, can be found on the Charleston Classic site at

ESPN Events
ESPN Events, a division of ESPN, owns and operates a large portfolio of collegiate sporting events worldwide. The roster includes three Labor Day weekend college football games; 13 college bowl games, 10 college basketball events and two college award shows, which accounts for approximately 250-plus hours of programming, reaches almost 64 million viewers and attracts over 700,000 attendees each year. With satellite offices in Boca Raton, Boise, Birmingham, Dallas-Fort Worth, Albuquerque, St. Petersburg and Las Vegas, ESPN Events builds relationships with conferences, schools and local communities, as well as providing unique experiences for teams and fans.

ESPN Events also manages the Big 12 Corporate Partner Program.

Collegiate Football
AdvoCare Texas Kickoff (Houston); AdvoCare V100 Texas Bowl (Houston); Birmingham Bowl (Alabama); Celebration Bowl (Atlanta); Famous Idaho Potato Bowl (Boise); Gildan New Mexico Bowl (Albuquerque); Hawai’i Bowl (Honolulu); Lockheed Martin Armed Forces Bowl (Dallas-Fort Worth); Marmot Boca Raton Bowl (Florida); MEAC/SWAC Challenge presented by Disney (Orlando, Fla.); Orlando Kickoff (Florida); Popeyes Bahamas Bowl (Nassau); Raycom Media Camellia Bowl (Montgomery, Ala.); Royal Purple Las Vegas Bowl (Nevada); St. Petersburg Bowl (Florida); The Home Depot College Football Awards (Atlanta) and Zaxby’s Heart of Dallas Bowl (Dallas-Fort Worth)

Collegiate Basketball
AdvoCare Invitational (Walt Disney World Resort near Orlando, Fla.); Armed Forces Classic (Camp Foster, Okinawa, Japan); DIRECTV Wooden Legacy (Orange County, Calif.); College Basketball Awards Presented by Wendy’s (Los Angeles); Gildan Charleston Classic (South Carolina); Hawaiian Airlines Diamond Head Classic (Honolulu); Jimmy V Men’s Classic Presented by Corona (New York City); Jimmy V Women’s Classic Presented by Corona (Storrs, Conn.); NIT Season Tip-Off (Brooklyn, N.Y.); Puerto Rico Tip-Off (San Juan) and State Farm Champions Classic (Chicago)

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