Dixie Classic (basketball tournament)
The Dixie Classic was an annual college basketball tournament played from 1949 to 1960 in Reynolds Coliseum. The field consisted of the "Big Four" North Carolina schools, the host NC State Wolfpack, Duke Blue Devils, North Carolina Tar Heels, and Wake Forest Demon Deacons, and four teams from across the country.
|No. of teams||8|
|Most titles||NC State (7)|
North Carolina State head coach Everett Case originated the idea of the Classic. His assistant, Carl "Butter" Anderson provided the name. The tournament was played over a three-day period every December, just after Christmas, on North Carolina State's home court.
The Classic consisted of three rounds. In the first round the four North Carolina schools would each play a visiting team. The winners of the first-round game would advance in the winners' bracket and the losers would advance in the losers' bracket. Each day would have four games played until the third and final day when a champion would be crowned. No team from outside North Carolina ever won the Classic.
The tournament came to an end after a point-shaving scandal in 1961 involving players from both North Carolina State and North Carolina. The Big Four schools later participated in the Big Four Tournament from 1971 to 1981.
|Year||Winner||Runner-up||Result||Most valuable player||Team|
|1949||NC State||Penn State||50–46||Dick Dickey||NC State|
|1950||NC State (2)||Colgate||85–76||Sammy Ranzino||NC State|
|1951||NC State (3)||Cornell||51–49||Lee Terrill||NC State|
|1952||NC State (4)||Brigham Young||75–59||Ernie Beck||Penn|
|1954||NC State (5)||Minnesota||85–54||Ronnie Shavlik||NC State|
|1955||NC State (6)||North Carolina||82–60||Ronnie Shavlik (2)||NC State|
|1956||North Carolina||Wake Forest||63–55||Lennie Rosenbluth||North Carolina|
|1957||North Carolina (2)||NC State||39–30||Pete Brennan||North Carolina|
|1958||NC State (7)||Michigan State||70–61||John Richter||NC State|
|1959||Wake Forest||North Carolina||53–50||Billy Packer||Wake Forest|
|1960||North Carolina (3)||Duke||76–71|
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- The Classic: How Everett Case and His Tournament Brought Big-Time Basketball to the South by Bethany Bradsher
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