A primer for the Charleston Classic

Originally Published: November 17, 2011
By Jason King | ESPN.com

The Charleston Classic may not be the sexiest of the nonconference tournaments this fall. But at least the event touts something that few others can claim.

A Final Four team.

Seven months after its stunning run to the NCAA semifinals, Virginia Commonwealth and popular coach Shaka Smart will return to center stage when the tournament tips off Thursday afternoon at Carolina First Arena.

The Rams' first-round game certainly won't compare to the hype of the Final Four, but as the ...

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