Saturday, March 12, 2016
ORANGEBURG, South Carolina -- The season is not over for the South Carolina State men’s basketball team, despite falling to Hampton in the MEAC Basketball Tournament championship game in Virginia on Saturday.
The Bulldogs (now 19-14 overall) have accepted an invitation to play in the inaugural Coach John McLendon Classic in the CollegeInsider.com Tournament (CIT) beginning on Monday in Phoenix, Arizona.
S.C. State will play at Grand Canyon University against the GCU team (25-6 overall record) in a 10 p.m. EST game that will be broadcast nationwide on CBS Sports Network. The Antelopes of GCU are coached by former NBA player and three-time NBA All-Star Dan Majerle.
The Coach John McLendon Classic – “This Game is No Secret” – will be a first round game in the 2016 CIT and will officially commence the start of college basketball March Madness among NCAA teams.
Both teams playing in the Coach McLendon Classic will don shirts declaring, "This Game is No Secret," in tribute to “The Secret Game” played in 1944 between Coach McLendon's North Carolina College for Negroes (now North Carolina Central) and an all-white team of former college basketball stars attending Duke's Army and Navy medical training program, who were superior to the varsity squad in Durham at the time.