Tickets go on sale today, Wednesday, Oct. 5, at noon ET for the 2016 Jimmy V Men’s Basketball Classic Presented by Corona scheduled to be played on Tuesday, Dec. 6, with proceeds benefiting The V Foundation for Cancer Research. The 22nd annual event to air on ESPN from New York City’s famed Madison Square Garden will showcase preseason-ranked No. 16 Purdue against Arizona State at 7 p.m. and Florida vs. preseason-ranked No. 1 Duke at 9 p.m.
Ticket prices range from $15-$400. Tickets to the men’s event are available for purchase at the Madison Square Garden Box Office, Ticketmaster charge by phone at (866) 858-0008 and online at www.ticketmaster.com and www.thegarden.com.
The early-season event will be part of the 10th annual Jimmy V Week for Cancer Research – the weeklong initiative across multiple ESPN platforms and programs featuring special content to help raise funds for cancer research. ESPN’s 2015 Jimmy V Week for Cancer Research raised a record-setting $3.2 million for The V Foundation for Cancer Research – a million more than the 2014 previous fundraising record of $2.2 million. In nine years, Jimmy V Week has raised $13.7 million for cancer research.
The four teams have a rich history between them, including a combined seven national championships. Duke and Purdue advanced to the 2016 NCAA Championship and Florida earned a berth to the NIT. Duke was ranked as high as No. 5 in the Associated Press poll to begin the season, while Purdue peaked at No. 9.
Purdue vs. Arizona State: The Jimmy V Classic will mark the sixth time the two teams are matched up with the Boilermakers owning a 3-2 mark. The series dates back to 1968, and the last two meetings were on a neutral court in Las Vegas (2002) and Honolulu (1978).
Florida vs. Duke: The series dates back to 1921 and the Jimmy V Classic game will mark the 17th meeting between the two teams. Duke leads the series 12-4, including a 70-65 Blue Devil victory in a 1994 national semifinal. As a No. 5 seed in 2000, Florida knocked out top-seeded Duke 87-78 in the Sweet 16.
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