November 20th: Charleston Classic (Akron, Cornell, South Carolina, Miami FL, Southern Cal, Drexel, Charlotte)
November 21st: Charleston Classic
November 23rd: Charleston Classic
I've seen a lot of speculation about Drexel, but I'm not sure if it was ever reported that they were the last team added to the Charleston Classic field. I read someone somewhere claim that the 2 schools signed a home-and-home series, which wouldn't be a surprise, but perhaps we could be hosting them as a non-bracketed 4th game of the Charleston Classic? Guess we'll find out.
I thought the Charleston Classic was a straight 8 team, 3 game, bracketed tournament.
It is. NCAA scheduling rules allow teams to play 29 regular season games, or 27 regular season games + an exempt tournament. The maximum number of regular season games is capped at 31. Most of these ESPN exempt tourneys offer just 3 games from the 8-team bracket, while other events like the Barclays Center Classic offer four (2 campus site contests, 2 neutral site games). It's uncommon, but not unheard of, for ESPN to sponsor a campus site game between two schools in the 8-team field as part of the event so they can schedule the maximum number games allowed by NCAA rules. Purdue has done this a few times in the past. From their last year's non-conference schedule press release:
Purdue will kick off the Old Spice Classic in West Lafayette on Nov. 24 when it hosts Siena in a non-bracketed round game. NCAA legislation permits teams to play a maximum of four games as part of exempt multi-team events, such as the Old Spice Classic. The Boilermakers are thus permitted to play a team in the originally contracted field within 14 days of the start of the Old Spice Classic. The game has been approved by ESPN, the promoter of the Old Spice Classic, and will be considered part of the event in historical records.
And yes, it could mean we play the same team twice in the non-conference schedule, if we were to strike a deal with ESPN and another school to do this. Purdue played Siena twice in the OSC last year. Again, I have no inside information if this is something PSU is pursuing, I just have seen a lot of chatter about Drexel and their inclusion in the Charleston Classic made me think this could be a possibility.