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The two early-season events showcase top college basketball programs on ESPN and will conclude  Jimmy V Week, a week-long initiative across multiple ESPN platforms and programs featuring special content to help raise funds for cancer research.


Men’s Jimmy V Classic

The 2017 doubleheader will be played on Tuesday, Dec. 5 at New York City’s famed Madison Square Garden. Gonzaga will play Villanova in a matchup featuring two returning Top 5 teams, while UConn and Syracuse will renew their old Big East rivalry.


Women’s Jimmy V Classic

The 2017 matchup will be played on Sunday, Dec. 3 at the XL Center in Hartford, CT. Notre Dame will play UConn, both holding the spot of number 1 in their conferences.


 The V Foundation

The V Foundation for Cancer Research was founded in 1993 by ESPN and the late Jim Valvano, legendary North Carolina State basketball coach and ESPN commentator. Since 1993, the Foundation has funded more than $150 million in cancer research grants nationwide. It awards 100 percent of all direct cash donations to cancer research and related programs. Due to generous donors, the Foundation has an endowment that covers administrative expenses. The Foundation awards peer-reviewed grants through a competitive awards process vetted by a Scientific Advisory Committee. For more information on The V Foundation, please visit www.jimmyv.org.