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Tickets for the 2013 Jimmy V Men’s Basketball Classic Presented by Corona Extra at Madison Square Garden in New York City are now on sale, while tickets to the Jimmy V Women’s Basketball Classic Presented by Corona Extra hosted at Duke University will be available for purchase this Friday.
The two early-season events, slated for Tuesday, Dec. 17, showcase top college basketball programs on ESPN and ESPN2 and conclude the seventh annual Jimmy V Week, an initiative taking place Dec. 3-17 across multiple ESPN platforms and programs featuring special content to help raise funds for cancer research. In six years, Jimmy V Week has generated $6,761,437 in total contributions for The V Foundation for Cancer Research, including a record-setting number of $1,591,108 in 2013.
Jimmy V Men’s Basketball Classic
The men’s doubleheader, held at the famed Madison Square Garden for the 11th consecutive year, will tip off at 7 p.m. ET with Cincinnati facing former conference foe Pittsburgh, followed by Florida against Memphis at 9 p.m., both on ESPN. Tickets prices range from $15-$250. 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.
Pittsburgh is playing in its first season as part of the Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC). The Panthers return three starters from a team that finished 24-9 overall and advanced to its 11th NCAA Championship in the last 12 seasons. In 2012-13, Cincinnati achieved its third consecutive 20-win season, made a NCAA Championship appearance and posted a 22-12 overall mark. The Bearcats are competing in the newly reorganized American Athletic Conference (American).
The second game of the Jimmy V Men’s Classic includes two teams ranked in an early ESPN.com preseason top 25: No. 7 Florida and No. 15 Memphis.
Florida finished the 2012-13 season with an overall record of 29-8, earning its sixth SEC Championship and fourth outright title. The Gators advanced to the regional finals of the NCAA Championship for the third consecutive season, the only team in the nation to do so. Memphis recorded a 31-5 overall record and a perfect 16-0 Conference USA mark. The Tigers swept the Conference USA regular-season and tournament titles and earned an NCAA Championship berth, advancing to the third round. This season, the Tigers will begin competing in the American.
Jimmy V Women’s Basketball Classic
The 2013 event will showcase defending national champion Connecticut at Duke on at 7 p.m. on ESPN2. The 12th annual women’s game will be played in Durham, N.C., at Cameron Indoor Stadium on Duke’s campus. Tickets for the Jimmy V Women’s Basketball Classic will go on sale Friday, Oct. 4 at goduke.com/tickets or by calling (919) 681-BLUE. For additional information, please visit http://jimmyvclassic.com/.
The Huskies are coming off their program-record eighth NCAA National Championship after posting a 35-4 overall record. It was the first of Connecticut’s championships when the Huskies didn’t win a regular-season or BIG EAST Championship. Duke registered a 33-3 overall record in 2012-13, advanced to the NCAA Championship Elite Eight and won its eighth ACC Championship.
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 $100 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 strictly supervised by a Scientific Advisory Board. For more information on The V Foundation or to make a donation, please visit www.jimmyv.org.