IU vs. Louisville at MSG

Earlier this afternoon ESPN confirmed that Indiana will meet Louisville
in the second game of a December 9th doubleheader at Madison Square
Garden. All part of the annual Jimmy V Classic. The Tuesday night games
will begin with Villanova versus Maryland. That game tips at 7 p.m. ET
and the Cards and Hoosiers will follow with ESPN televising both games.
Indiana holds a 10-6 series edge over Louisville but the two programs
have not met since 2003.
The Hoosiers have played twice previously in the Jimmy V Classic,
beating North Carolina 82-73 in 1999 and Pittsburgh 64-54 in 2009.
The game will mark the third straight season that the Indiana program
has played a game in the greater New York City area.
Here is the text of the press release from this afternoon. Ticket
information is included:
20th Annual Jimmy V Men's Basketball Classic Matchups Set
December 9 men's doubleheader to close Jimmy V Week which Benefits The
V Foundation for Cancer Research
Four historic college basketball programs -- Indiana, Louisville,
Maryland and Villanova - will participate in the 20th annual Jimmy V
Men's Basketball Classic doubleheader on Tuesday, Dec. 9. ESPN will
televise both games from NewYork City's famed Madison Square Garden,
beginning with Villanova vs. Maryland at 7 p.m. ET followed by Indiana
vs. Louisville at 9 p.m.
The early-season event will conclude the eighth annual Jimmy V Week, a
weeklong initiative across multiple ESPN platforms and programs
featuring special content to help raise funds for cancer research. In
seven years, Jimmy V Week has generated $8,246,000 in total
contributions for The V Foundation for Cancer Research, including a
record-setting number of $1,827,000 in 2014.
Each game will include a defending conference champion that
participated in the 2014 NCAA Division I Men's Basketball Championship
and lost to an eventual Final Four team: Defending BIG EAST
regular-season champion Villanova, a two-seed in the NCAA Championship,
lost to Connecticut while American regular-season co-champion and
conference champion, Louisville, lost to Kentucky in the Sweet Sixteen.
Villanova vs. Maryland at 7 p.m.:
Villanova has defeated Maryland in
four of the five all-time meetings. Maryland, making its Big Ten
Conference debut next season, will make its first appearance in the
Jimmy V Classic. Villanova will play in its third Jimmy V Classic,
losing the previous two games: 67-58 to Texas in 2008 and 81-71 to
Missouri in 2011.

Indiana vs. Louisville at 9 p.m.:
Indiana holds a 10-6 record over
Louisville, but lost the last meeting between the teams in 2003.
Indiana has won its previous two Jimmy V Classic games, defeating North
Carolina 82-73 in 1999 and Pittsburgh 64-54 in 2009. Louisville, making
its Atlantic Coast Conference debut next season, will play in its
second Jimmy V Classic after losing to Arizona 72-65 in 2006.
Tickets for the Jimmy V Classic will go on sale at a later date this
fall.  Tickets prices range from $15-$250 and will be available
for purchase at the Madison Square Garden Box Office, Ticketmaster
charge by phone at (866) 858-0008 and online at
The V
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
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