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New Head Coach Steve Lutz Schedules Pokes in the Charleston Classic

July 9, 2024
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STILLWATER – The Oklahoma State men’s basketball team will play three games in four days at the 2024 Shriner’s Children’s Charleston Classic, Nov. 21, 22 and 24 at TD Arena in Charleston, S.C. The complete field, released Tuesday afternoon by ESPN Events, also includes Drake, Florida Atlantic, Miami, Nevada, Seton Hall, Vanderbilt and VCU. Matchups, times and ESPN platform designations will be announced later this summer.

Information on travel packages, tickets and more can be found on the tournament website. Tickets will be available for purchase once the bracket has been set. In the meantime, fans can secure up to $25 off each all-tournament ticket by signing up for the pre-sale at www.charlestonclassic.com.

The Charleston Classic is in its 16th year. Past champions include Houston (2023), College of Charleston (2022), St. Bonaventure (2021) and Florida (2020).

The 2024 field includes three teams that competed in last season’s NCAA tournament: FAU, Nevada and Drake. In addition, Seton Hall won the National Invitation Tournament title and VCU reached the quarterfinals.

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Lutz on the day he was officially named head coach.

OSU (Steve Lutz) is one of four programs in the field with new head coaches along with Drake (Ben McCollum), FAU (John Jakus) and Vanderbilt (Mark Byington).

In his first three seasons as a head coach, Lutz rapidly rebuilt A&M-Corpus Christi (2022, 2023) and Western Kentucky (2024) into NCAA tournament teams. He’s taking a similar approach at OSU with a large group of veteran transfers. Graduate guard Bryce Thompson is one of just three returning Cowboy lettermen back from last year’s team.

This is OSU’s second Charleston Classic appearance and third separate visit to TD Arena. The Cowboys placed third in the 2015 Classic and won a November, 2019 road game against the College of Charleston.

OSU has faced each of its seven potential tournament foes at least once but none recently. The Cowboys met Miami in the 2006 NIT and opened the 2006-07 season against FAU. Possible collisions with Drake (1962), Vanderbilt (1964), VCU (1988) and Nevada (1996) would all be the first this century.

OSU won its only previous meeting with Seton Hall in the 2000 NCAA Sweet 16 but could face the Pirates twice in a two-week span this season. Seton Hall is already scheduled to host the Cowboys on Dec. 8 as part of the Big 12-Big East Battle.

For more on Oklahoma State Cowboy Basketball, visit okstate.com and follow @OSUMBB on X and Instagram.

Shriner’s Children’s Hospital Charleston Classic

TD Arena in Charleston, S.C.

Dates:

Thursday, Nov. 21

Friday, Nov. 22

Sunday, Nov. 24

The Field:

Drake, Florida Atlantic, Miami, Nevada, Oklahoma State, Seton Hall, Vanderbilt and VCU

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