LaSalle to face South Carolina in tourney

La Salle sent this over today. The Explorers have drawn South Carolina in the opener of the Charleston Classic.

Here is the release:


La Salle will take on South Carolina in a nationally-televised contest on ESPNU on Thursday, November 19 in the opening round of the Charleston Classic, ESPN Regional Television, Inc. announced today. The two teams will meet at 9:30 PM at Carolina First Arena.


The Gamecocks were 21-10 last season under second-year head coach Darrin Horn, falling to Davidson in the first round of the NIT. South Carolina returns senior point guard Devan Downey, who earned first team all-SEC and honorable mention All-American honors.


The winner of the La Salle-South Carolina game will meet the winner of USF/Davidson on Friday at 9:30 PM.


The eight-team field also includes Miami (Fla.), UNC Wilmington, Penn State and Tulane. Four of the teams in the field played in the 2009 National Invitation Tournament, which includes NIT champion Penn State, Davidson, Miami and South Carolina.


In the first round of action Thursday, Nov. 19, Tulane will take on Miami at 1:30 p.m. ET; UNC Wilmington will face Penn State, live at 4 p.m. ET on ESPNU; USF will meet Davidson at 7 p.m. ET; and La Salle and South Carolina will square off live at 9:30 p.m. ET on ESPNU.