ESPN confirms Indiana-Louisville matchup in Jimmy V Classic

  • 04/02/2014 2:41 pm in

As reported last August, Indiana and Louisville will play in the Jimmy V Classic at Madison Square Garden next December.

Earlier today, ESPN announced further details about the event, including television coverage, an approximate tip time and the second game that will be a part of the doubleheader.

Here are the full details, via an ESPN press release:

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 New York 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 and

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  • SCHoosier

    Especially since Davis is really 6-6 at best…Cunningham would need a full season in the weight room and Maten is even odds to go with Izzo. IU is strangely silent on Jurkin.. A couple of options for him I guess. He plays (limited minutes) or takes a medical status which means his scholarship doesn’t count in the total. I expect IU to have four guards on the floor a lot next year.

  • ForeverIU

    I didn’t say he necessarily wants discussion. I was responding in part to what you said about the comment being unrelated to the article by saying that sometimes we post something unrelated in order to engage in discussion. I personally just feel sorry for him being so down on our chances. I don’t share his feelings, and that’s okay.

  • The_Real_Assembly_Hall

    It rotates every other year.

  • yimyames

    IMO, he is taking shots at the coach and anyone that supports the coach. “Kool Aid drinkers”, “stellar coaches….sigh”

    Has nothing to do with this topic.
    I have no problem with discussion on topic or slightly off, but this is not what this is IMO.

  • Born&Bred2BleedHoosierCrimson

    It’s a start, SMU and Louisville are nice, but still need a few more NC games like these.

  • Ole Man

    Well, I didn’t read it that way. I read it that IU basketball is not what it use to be; has a long road back; and we’re not nearly where we need to be.
    And he’s right. I don’t think there was a team in the Sweet Sixteen that IU could have beaten this time of year.
    And if it is a shot at Crean? SO WHAT! He’s a big man. He doesn’t need you defending him.
    The bad vibes on this board in the last two weeks are coming from the Crean supporters most of the time.
    You guys need to chill!

  • ForeverIU

    I agree Ole Man, but after yimyames pointed it out, I googled “Kool Aid drinker”. Would you use this term for so-called Crean supporters? It seems to say that Crean supporters are killing themselves softly, no? In other words, they are not rational, even deluded, in their support. I’m just not sure what connotations the term has. It seems to stereotype in the same way that “Crean hater” or “Crean lover” does. I’ve used the term “hater” before, and I stopped using it because it offended even the “critics”.

  • JetpackJunky

    Who even needs to season to start to start crapping on the team they claim to be fans of?

  • yimyames

    We’re obviously reading it two different ways, thats fine.
    And I’m as chill as can be.

  • yimyames

    Here’s what I found “Someone who beleives what they are told without thinking for themselves”. ~Urban Dictionary. And that’s how I’ve always taken that term. Guess I’m a little urban.

  • yimyames

    More importantly, a lot less 250+ ranked teams.

  • Court Storming Hoosier

    In other news, the University of Houston just hired Mr. A-Hole.

  • JWaltFTW

    If it wasn’t IU basketball, we would be spoiled.

  • Alford Bailey

    Awesome. Now lets replace those 300 rpi cupcakes with some 100-150 rpi cupcakes and we got ourselves a respectable schedule.

  • hoosier1158

    Mango was playing pretty decent at the end of the year. U of L has three centers coming in next year, 6′ 10″, 7 foot and 7′ 2″. Hanner and Devin are going to have a tough time. And maybe Harell doesn’t go pro?

  • Alford Bailey

    Crean make 3.16 million a year. Stevens makes 3.7 million in Boston.. Hmmm.

  • Snookafly

    Well, if that’s how you feel then you guys better stay off the “Photo Gallery of James Blackmon” board or your heads might explode.

  • Snookafly

    That is what they say, but there are always a few head scratchers. You don’t honestly believe the ACC was better than the B1G top to bottom for 10 years straight do you?

  • ForeverIU

    Blackmon with 13 points, second most on his team, in the McD game. I was reminded of Yogi when he got swatted flying to the rim. LOL.

  • MillaRed

    Well, he got 14 replies. He got one whether he wanted it or not.

    I agree with this Kool Aid thing. It’s derogatory. No doubt about that. Can we make it go away along with “low basketball IQ?” The world will be a better place.

    Crean is our coach next year. A very important year in terms of his future. And until I see another big I think he has his work cut out for him.

  • iudawg

    I remember when this site was full of those with a half-full mentality. I pulled more hair out this year than many in the past, but I feel that the coaches will get us on the right track next year.

    Losing Fischer early in the season and having a guy like Hollowell never show his true talent was frustrating. Besides the turnovers, the toughest part of watching the team was the lack of shooters. RJ and JBJ will change that next season.

    My family is in NY and as much as don’t like spending a ton of time with them, I’m gonna find a way to see us face L’ville. Last time I saw IU at the Garden, Andrae Patterson dropped 39 on Duke and freshman AJ Guyton was lights out!

  • Lobills

    Great first step! Now we just need to cut waaaay down on the 250+ type RPI teams and fill them with games against MAC, Ohio Valley and Horizon schools for example.

    Add 1-2 more marquee opponents (KU, UF, UCLA, Zona, etc…) and throw in the ACC challenge and we’re back to having a very respectable schedule.

  • ForeverIU

    Jay Williams: “Every time Blackmon shoots it, you think it’s going in. He’s got one of the purest jump shots I’ve seen.”

  • HannerTime Hoosier

    Well I meant no disrespect to any individual with that term. However any definition of a word or term evolves over time and does not remain stagnant.
    Cody was the hub of the wheel on the success of the 2012-2013 team. Neither him nor Noah were utilized optimally . . .look at Kaminsky @ UW, oh, he only averaged 4 pts last year.
    Anyway, this year was ridiculous and those that support CTC, great. We are mediocre. WHo enjoyed watching our 1/2 court offense? Who thinks Yogi is an elite pg? WHo thinks Hanner will never amount to anything?
    You see most humans insecure egos do not allow them to see the truth. Their emotions cloud their judgement.
    I have my least passionate opinion on the Hoosiers since Bracey Wright played here. IU may be a blue blood program, but right now they are out to pasture.

  • plane1972

    That’s an interesting thought I had not considered. I certainly don’t want to depend on a Freshman, but if Hoetzel comes in at 6’8″ (a big IF, I know) and makes some limited adjustment to the college game by conference play, he may be a mismatch waiting to happen with his perimeter game we are hearing about. It’s a long shot, but an interesting thought. We need a stretch option to bring opposing bigs out a bit.

  • plane1972

    SMU will be a beast next season. Two years with Larry Brown, an NIT final and Emmanual Mudiay will have the Mustangs primed for success next season. Looking forward to seeing them in the Hall.

  • ForeverIU

    Thanks, Milla. I absolutely hate the expression “low basketball IQ” if for no other reason than being so abstract and just such a catch-all that it ends up meaning nothing.

  • yimyames

    “Cody was the hub of the wheel on the success of the 2012-2013 team. Neither him nor Noah were utilized optimally”

    He was the main reason for success, but not used correctly? Ok, I will argue that VO was the one not used correctly.

    “look at Kaminsky @ UW, oh, he only averaged 4 pts last year.”

    I have no idea what your point is here.

    “We are mediocre. WHo enjoyed watching our 1/2 court offense? Who thinks Yogi is an elite pg? WHo thinks Hanner will never amount to anything?”

    Agree, we are currently mediocre. I enjoyed watching the half court offense, when it was being executed without turnovers and forced shots. We have had lots of big wins in the Crean era where the offense has looked really good.

    I think Yogi is an elite player but not an elite PG yet. Not sure who the last question is for.

    “You see most humans insecure egos do not allow them to see the truth. Their emotions cloud their judgement.”

    Are you talking about your self here?

    “I have my least passionate opinion on the Hoosiers since Bracey Wright played here. IU may be a blue blood program, but right now they are out to pasture.”

    Seems pretty passionate still, I mean, you did take the time to post it on a message board.

  • kaponya44

    Would not surprise me ..Ill be looking forward to their (The Challenge’s )official announcement later this year..

  • kaponya44

    Crossroads opponent will likely be Butler this year .. SMU,UL,B1G ACC opponent , Butler ..I do hope they keep LIU Brooklyn on the schedule…They should be really good next year and encouraged by nearly beating us ..

  • Ole Man

    I don’t use the koolaid thing myself; because it’s trite.

  • HannerTime Hoosier

    You really do NOT get it do you?
    And no, I was bored @ work so I typed whatever came to me.

    Cheers, good luck in samsara