Bracket Announced for 2014 Gildan Charleston Classic
AKRON, Ohio – The complete bracket for the 2014 Gildan Charleston Classic was announced on Tuesday and the Akron Zips will open the tournament with an ESPN3 matchup with Southern California on Thursday, Nov. 20, at 12:30 p.m. ET.
The contest marks a second-straight season that the Zips will open an ESPN tournament against a member of the Pac-12. Akron downed Oregon State 83-71 in the first round of the 2013 Hawaiian Airlines Diamond Head Classic on Dec. 22.
"We are excited to play a Pac-12 team for the second-straight season," head coach Keith Dambrot said. "USC will be a much-improved team from last year and we will be ready for the challenge. Having the change to play teams from the ACC, Pac-12, Big Ten and SEC, as well as top mid-majors, is great for our program, our fans and our alumni."
The matchup will be the first on the hardwood between the Zips and Trojans. Overall, the Zips are 2-3 against the current members of the Pac-12. In addition to the win over the Beavers last season, Akron is 1-1 against Arizona State and 0-1 against California and Washington State.
With a win, the Zips would to face the winner of the Drexel-Miami (Fla.) contest on Friday, Nov 21. That game is also set to air on ESPN2 or ESPNU, with tip-off scheduled for 2:30 p.m. ET.
The championship game of the tournament is set for Sunday, Nov. 23, at 9 p.m. ET on ESPN2.
Akron will also play a non-bracketed game at Penn State on Tuesday, Nov. 25, in University Park, Pa. That game time will be announced at a later date.
This is the third-consecutive season that the Zips will appear in an ESPN-sponsored tournament. Last year, Akron posted a 1-2 record at the Diamond Head Classic. UA went 2-1 record at the 2012 Puerto Rico Tip-Off.
Overall, the Zips are 3-7 against teams in the field, going 1-1 vs. Miami (Fla.), 2-4 against Penn State and 0-2 against South Carolina.
2014 Gildan Charleston Classic Field
Charlotte: The 49ers posted a 17-14 mark, including a 7-9 record in Conference USA play during the 2013-14 campaign. They fell to NIT Quarterfinalist participant Louisiana Tech in the quarterfinals of the CUSA tournament.
Cornell: Cornell finished the 2013-14 season with a 2-26 mark overall and a 1-13 record in Ivy League play.
Drexel: The Dragons advanced to the Colonial Athletic Conference quarterfinals after posting a 16-14 record and closing the regular season at .500 (8-8) in league play.
Miami (Fla.): The Hurricanes ended last season with a 17-16 mark while posting a 7-11 record in ACC play.
Penn State: The Nittany Lions earned a spot in the College Basketball Invitational (CBI) and fell to eventual-champion Siena in the quarterfinals. PSU finished the campaign with a 16-18 overall record, going 6-12 in Big Ten play.
South Carolina: The Gamecocks ended their season in the SEC Tournament quarterfinals, posting a 14-20 record (5-13 SEC).
Southern California: The Trojans enter the 2014-15 season after posting a 11-21 mark last year. USC closed Pac-12 play with a 2-16 record.