NICEVILLE, Fla. – The Purdue men’s basketball team will head to the Sunshine State
for the sixth annual Emerald Coast Classic held next season over the Thanksgiving
weekend, tournament organizers announced today.
The Boilermakers will be joined by national powers Tennessee, Florida State and VCU,
easily making the sixth version of the event the best in tournament history.
The eight-team tournament will be played Thanksgiving weekend Nov. 29-30 at The
Arena on the campus of Northwest Florida State College. The remainder of the field
will be disclosed in the near future.
“This will be the best field we’ve ever assembled for the Emerald Coast Classic and
it shapes up as one of the strongest preseason college basketball tournaments next
season,” said tournament director Maury Hanks, chief executive officer of Global
Sports. “We continue to strive in bringing the best college basketball teams
possible to the Emerald Coast of Florida.”
Tennessee, which stands 13-1 following an 87-63 victory at Missouri Tuesday, is
ranked No. 3 in both the Associated Press and USA Today Coaches poll, while riding a
nine-game winning streak.
The Volunteers, led by fourth-year coach Rick Barnes, are the reigning Southeastern
Conference regular season co-champs and advanced to the round of 32 in the 2018 NCAA
Florida State, which stands 12-2, is ranked No. 12 entering a Wednesday (Jan. 9)
home game with Miami. Head coach Leonard Hamilton has guided the Seminoles to six
trips to the NCAA Tournament during his tenure at the school.