Duke vs. Iowa and Texas vs. Illinois – Tuesday, Dec. 6 at Madison Square Garden
ESPN Events has announced the matchups for the 2022 Jimmy V Men’s Classic Presented by Corona. The men’s college basketball doubleheader at Madison Square Garden on Tuesday, Dec. 6 will feature Duke vs. Iowa and Texas vs. Illinois.
Both games will air on ESPN, with times to be announced at a later date.
All four men’s programs advanced to the 2022 NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament, including Duke, which reached the Final Four. Now led by first-year head coach John Scheyer, the Blue Devils are undefeated in three previous Jimmy V appearances (1998, 2000, 2016). This will also be the fourth Jimmy V appearance for both defending Big Ten regular season co-champion Illinois (2003, 2014, 2020) and Texas (2003, 2008, 2012), while defending Big Ten Tournament champion Iowa will make its Jimmy V debut.
ESPN’s latest “Way-Too-Early-Top-25” has three of the four programs ranked in the Top-25.
The Jimmy V Classic, named for legendary college basketball coach Jim Valvano, annually raises money and awareness for the V Foundation for Cancer Research. The men’s classic began in 1995 and is in its 28th year – 19th at Madison Square Garden. The doubleheader is part of ESPN’s V Week initiative, which utilizes platforms to talk to sports fans about the importance of cancer research. To date, ESPN has helped raise more than $155 million dollars for the V Foundation. In 2021, V Week raised $13.35 million, surpassing the previous high of $8.8 million in 2019.
Tickets for the men’s doubleheader will go on sale this fall. First priority and access to the best seats will be offered to fans who sign up for the pre-sale through Fevo.
About the V Foundation for Cancer Research
The V Foundation for Cancer Research was founded in 1993 by ESPN and the late Jim Valvano, legendary North Carolina State University basketball coach and ESPN commentator. The V Foundation has funded more than $260 million in cancer research grants nationwide. Event proceeds benefit cancer research funded by the V Foundation. The Foundation awards game-changing grants through a competitive process strictly supervised by a Scientific Advisory Committee. For more information on the V Foundation, please visit v.org.
ESPN Events, a division of ESPN, owns and operates a portfolio of collegiate sporting events nationwide. In 2022, the 32-event schedule includes three early-season college football kickoff games, 17 college bowl games, 11 college basketball events, and a college softball event, which account for approximately 400 hours of live programming, while reaching nearly 64 million viewers and attracting over 800,000 annual attendees. With satellite offices in more than 10 cities across the country, ESPN Events builds relationships with conferences, schools and local communities, as well as providing unique experiences for teams and fans.
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