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BOULDER - The University of Colorado men's basketball team will be one of eight schools invited to participate at the 2012 DIRECTV Charleston Classic presented by Foster Grant, Nov. 15, 16 and 18 at TD Arena in Charleston, S.C. 

The tournament to be held Thursday, Friday and Sunday, features the Buffaloes, Baylor, Boston College, Charleston, Dayton, St. John's and Southern Illinois.

This marks the fifth straight year CU will be participating in a mid-season tournament. Presently the Buffs are participating at the 2011 5-hour ENERGY® Puerto Rico Tip-Off in San Juan.  Last year they participated at the iBN Las Vegas Classic; in 2009-10 at the EA Sports Maui Invitational; and in 2008-09 at the Rainbow Classic in Honolulu.

The 2012 Charleston Classic will feature 12 games over the three days. Each team will compete in one game per day, advancing through a bracket-tournament format. The two teams that remain undefeated throughout will face off in a championship match Sunday, Nov. 18.

The Southern Conference (SoCon) will serve as the event's sponsoring conference for the fifth straight year. Georgetown won the 2010 Charleston Classic, with Miami winning in 2009 and Clemson taking the title in the inaugural tournament in 2008.

The Charleston Classic is owned and operated by ESPN Regional Television (ERT), a subsidiary of ESPN.

Travel information

This family-friendly tournament offers the teams a week of practice, play and experiences in-and-around historic Charleston. Additional information, including travel packages, can be found on the Charleston Classic Web site at

Fans can purchase official hotel accommodations and game tickets by going to or by calling 888-632-6951. For more information on the event, go to and for event updates, follow on Twitter and

ESPN Regional Television

The nation's largest syndicator of collegiate sports programming, ESPN Regional Television (ERT) annually produces more than 1,200 sporting events. Content includes action from NCAA football, basketball and Olympic sports, NHRA and professional and amateur golf, accounting for more than 3,400 live and/or original hours of programming. ERT's owned and operated events reach over a million fans a year and provides more than 200 additional hours of programming.

In addition to event ownership, ERT is the production headquarters for ESPNU; syndication rights-holder and producer of national, regional and local shows for college conferences (SEC, BIG EAST, Big 12, Mid-American, WAC) and manages the Big 12 Corporate Partner Program.

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Contacts: Rachel Margolis at 860-766-2798, or; Charley Green at 214-734-8028, or