Nebraska will take on UMass to open the Charleston Classic, as the pairings for the eight-team field were unveiled Wednesday morning. The eight-team, 12-game tournament runs Nov. 21-24 at TD Arena in Charleston, S.C. The Huskers will face UMass for the first time in program history in their tournament opener on Thursday, Nov. 21 at 11:30 a.m. (CT) . UMass returns three starters, including All-Atlantic 10 point guard Chaz Williams, who ranked third nationally in assists per game (7.3 apg) in 2012-13 while also averaging a team-high 15.5 points per game.
Nebraska would take on either UAB or New Mexico on Friday Nov. 22, with the semifinal taking place at 1:30 p.m. (CT) and the consolation game taking place at 11 a.m. New Mexico returns four starters from a team that went 29-6 and was a No. 3 seed in the NCAA Tournament. Guard Kendall Williams (13.5 ppg, 5.0 apg) and center Alex Kirk (12.1 ppg, 8.0 rpg) highlight the Lobo returners. UAB returns four starters for second-year coach Jerod Haase, paced by All-CUSA forward Rod Rucker, who averaged 14.5 points and 8.2 rebounds per game as a junior. Nebraska will meet one of the remaining four teams – Clemson, Davidson Georgia and Temple – on the final day of competition on Sunday, Nov. 24.
Colorado won the 2012 tournament title. Previous winners include Clemson (2008), Miami (2009), Georgetown (2010) and Northwestern (2011).
Nebraska, under second-year Coach Tim Miles, returns three starters from a team that went 15-18 in his first season, including guard Ray Gallegos and forwards David Rivers and Shavon Shields. Gallegos, who averaged 12.5 ppg in 2012-13, led the Big Ten in 3-pointers per game and ranked second in school history with 83 3-pointers, while Shields averaged 8.6 points and 5.1 rebounds per game as a true freshman. Rivers started NU’s final 17 games at forward and averaged 5.6 points and 3.4 rebounds per game. In all, 10 letterwinners return for the Huskers in 2013-14, while eight newcomers, including three redshirts, will suit up for the Scarlet and Cream this season.
Charleston Classic (Schedule subject to change)
|Date||Time (CT)||Game||TV Network|
|Thu, Nov 21||11:30 a.m.||Nebraska vs. UMass||ESPN3|
|2 p.m.||UAB vs. New Mexico||ESPNU|
|4 p.m.||Georgia vs. Davidson||ESPNU|
|6:30 p.m.||Temple vs. Clemson||ESPN3|
|Fri, Nov 22||11 a.m.||Consolation #1||ESPNU or ESPN3|
|1:30 p.m.||Semifinal #1||ESPN2 or ESPNU|
|6 p.m.||Consolation #2||ESPN3|
|8:30 p.m.||Semifinal #2||ESPNU|
|Sun, Nov 24||12:30 pm||7th-place Game||ESPN3|
|2:30 p.m.||5th-place Game||ESPN3|
|5:30 p.m.||3rd-place Game||ESPNU|
|8 p.m.||Championship Game||ESPN2|