The Alabama men’s basketball team will open play at the 2018 Charleston Classic against Northeastern on Nov. 15, at 1 p.m. CT on ESPNU, as ESPN Events announced the bracket Wednesday afternoon.

In addition to the Alabama-Northeastern game, the top half of the bracket will feature Ball State vs. Virginia Tech, which will tipoff at 10:30 a.m. CT at TD Arena in Charleston, S.C. The winners and losers of those games will square off in the second round, setting up a potential second round match-up between the Hokies and Crimson Tide, which would be a rematch from the NCAA Tournament back last March. Alabama claimed an 86-83 victory in that contest which took place in Pittsburgh, Pa.

The bottom half of the bracket will play in the evening on Thursday and Friday and includes Purdue vs. Appalachian State and Wichita State vs. Davidson.

The strongest field in tournament history will feature five returning NCAA Tournament teams in Alabama, Purdue, Wichita State, Virginia Tech and Davidson.

The bracket-format tournament features 12 games over three days. The teams will compete once per day, regardless of results. The two unbeaten teams will face off in a championship game at 8:30 p.m. on Sunday, Nov. 18.

Tickets for the 2018 Charleston Classic will go on sale Friday, July 13 at 9 a.m. CT. All games will take place at TD Arena in downtown Charleston on November 15, 16 and 18.

Deposits for 2018-19 men’s basketball season tickets are currently being accepted by The University of Alabama TIDE PRIDE/Ticket Office. Fans can click HERE for more information or to make their deposit today.

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