When the LSU basketball team opens the Charleston Classic to be played Nov. 17, 18 and 20 at Carolina First Arena in Charleston, S.C., the Tigers will face a Northwestern team that won 20 games last year and advanced to the NIT quarterfinals.

ESPN announced Wednesday the matchups for the eight-team event, a highlight of LSU’s early season schedule.

The Tigers will play the Wildcats at 2 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 17 in a contest to be televised by ESPNU. The other game on LSU’s side of the bracket has Tulsa meeting Western Kentucky at 11:30 a.m.

Matchups of Virginia Commonwealth-Seton Hall and Georgia Tech-St. Joseph’s complete the first-day schedule.

Four games Friday, Nov. 18 will match the four winners in two games and the four losers in the other two. After a day off, the teams will return Sunday, Nov. 20 to complete the tournament with games at 11 a.m., 1:30 p.m., 5 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.

The championship game is at 7:30 and the third-place game at 5.

Northwestern tied a school record with 20 wins last year, finishing 20-14 and 7-11 in the Big Ten. The Wildcats advanced to the NIT for the third straight year, coming within an overtime loss at Washington State from reaching the semifinals.

Senior forward John Shurna, a third-team All-Big Ten selection, leads a list of four returning starters. Shurna initially declared for the NBA draft without hiring an agent but announced in May he would return for his senior year.

Georgetown beat North Carolina State last year to win the Charleston Classic, joining Clemson (2008) and Miami (2009) as tournament champions.

Fans can purchase tickets to all six sessions (12 games) for $90 each, or single-session (two games) for $20 each. “Booster tickets” are available for $50, allowing entrance to all three sessions (six games) involving the pre-designated team of your choice. Tickets are available at www. CharlestonClassi.com or by calling the Carolina First Arena Box Office at 843-953-2632.

Fans can purchase official hotel accommodations and game tickets by going to www.anthonytravel.com (search Charleston Classic) or by calling 1-888-632-6951. For more information about the tournament, visit www. CharlestonClassic.com, follow on Twitter @CharlestonClsc and on Facebook at www.facebook.



TIGERS OPEN TRAINING CAMP: The LSU soccer team opened its preseason training camp with a pair of practice sessions Wednesday.

The Tigers of coach Brian Lee are preparing for their season opener at Memphis on Friday, Aug. 19.

According to a university news release, the team held a conditioning test in the morning at the Bernie Moore Track Stadium that featured a one-mile time trial before moving to the LSU Soccer Complex for the 90-minute technical-based training session that also featured individual defending and small group possession.

The evening session focused on speed of play, while gradually moving into a full 11-on-11 scrimmage, the news release reported.