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New Mexico leads the field in 8-team Charleston Classic

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ESPN Regional Television on Wednesday released the complete field for the Nov. 21-24 Charleston (S.C.) Classic, which includes the New Mexico men’s basketball team.

UNM and five other teams – Clemson, Georgia, Nebraska, Temple and Alabama-Birmingham – have been locked into the event for several months. Wednesday, it was announced Davidson, which UNM opened the 2012-13 season against in an ESPN game televised at midnight, and Massachusetts will complete the eight-team field.

The nonexempt tournament will be played at TD Arena in Charleston, S.C.

Charleston Classic
Nov. 21-24, Charleston, S.C.
The 2012-13 records and final RPI rankings for the eight men’s basketball teams in the field:n UNM(29-6; RPI 2)
n Temple (24-10; 41)
n Massachusetts (21-12; 56)
n Davidson (26-8; 61)
n Nebraska (15-18; 103)
n Georgia (15-17; 140)
n UAB (16-17; 145)
n Clemson (13-18; 185)

It is not yet clear how the tournament bracket will be seeded. When UNM played in the Paradise Jam tournament in November in the U.S. Virgin Islands, the event was seeded by the previous season’s final RPI rankings. UNM’s RPI ranking of No. 2 in the 2012-13 season would make the Lobos the No. 1 seed if the Charleston Classic uses the same format.

UNM, Temple and Davidson were in this past season’s NCAA Tournament. UMass participated in the NIT.

- Geoff Grammer
— This article appeared on page D1 of the Albuquerque Journal

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