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 www.ticketmaster.com and www.thegarden.com.

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  • dssnyder1

    this is the marque game ITH followers have been screaming for!
    kudos to the IU decision makers for making this happen

  • JWaltFTW

    Good, I think this will make a lot of OOC emphasizers happy. But I’m looking forward to it as well, love these kind of games.

  • drewheck

    I wonder who they will play in the B1g acc challenge

  • Bled4IU

    Have calendar marked! I live in southern indiana and all i hear year round is UL this and UK that, sick of it. Will be a good game for us to win.

  • SCHoosier

    Alex. (or anybody)…how about a quick analysis of who UL has coming back and who their top 2014 recruits are. I think I read somewhere where they have two 6-11 or so guys coming in.

  • kaponya44

    We had better get Syracuse in Bloomington ! Or else I call BS! I would also happily accept IU playing Puke ..

  • FinEndNow

    Returnees: Wayne Blackshear(6-5), Chris Jones(5-10), Magok Mathiang(6-10), Terry Rozier(6-1), Anton Gill(6-3), Akoy Agau(6-8), David Levitch(6-3)
    Leaving: Luke Hancock, Russ Smith, Kevin Ware, Tim Henderson, Stephan Van Treese.
    Questionable: Montrezl Harrell
    Recruits: Shaqquan Aaron(6-7 #9 SF), Quentin Snider(6-1 #5 PG), Anas Osama Mahmoud(7-1 #9 C), Chinau Onuaku(6-10 #10 C), Jaylen Johnson(6-9 #25 PF), Matz Stockman(7-2 #19 C)
    Minutes returning(w/o Harrell/with Harrell) 3074 mintues/4158 of 7400.
    Points: 1090/1609 of 2998

  • CheddarDavis

    I really hope it’s a home game (and it should be, since it’s supposed to alternate. And I really hope we get a great matchup like UVA, UNC, Duke, or Syracuse

  • FinEndNow

    Im sure we’ll play on the road again.

  • PDXHoosier

    I hope those tall guys are projects

  • FinEndNow

    No joke. Hanner might be our tallest guy. After that it just depends what recruits we get. Cunningham is 6-7 and Maten is 6-8. Troy Williams is 6-7. Devin Davis is 6-7…. We’re not going to have size over anyone next season.

  • Miamihoosier

    You’d have to think we host Duke. This year will be our turn to host a game, and Duke’s turn to travel. We just played Cuse and UNC, and it would be hard to turn down the ratings the game would produce for ESPN

  • Hardwood83

    If they actually matched up teams based on previous seaons results we’d play Wake or Miami. But I don’t expect that to happen.

  • IUDan

    7-2 and 7-1! Holy smokes! Hopefully they can’t catch .. .

    Great game . . . hopefully the SOS issues are behind us . . .

  • Hoosier Hall

    Pretty sure it’s based on where we finished in the B10 vs whoever finished in a similar spot in the ACC. It will probably be Florida St, Clemson or NC St.

  • FinEndNow

    Pitino went out and got some big men.

  • PDXHoosier

    So that’s Louisville, Butler, SMU, and an ACC opponent. Pretty good so far.

  • Hoosier Hall

    I’m not entirely convinced this and the SMU game is enough to save our SOS. Last year we played UCONN and Syracuse (ND turned out to be a bust). Biggest thing is winning the marquee games in your non con schedule. We lost all 3 of those…

  • Snookafly

    Next year we will have a new team with a fresh start, but I hope Crean realizes that if we start dropping games to Louisville, SMU and whoever in the ACC it’s going to feel like lava under his cheeks.

  • Snookafly

    That’s what they should do, but ESPN loves those east coast schools too much to not skew the matchups in their favor.

  • FinEndNow

    he has sometime to prepare for UofL’s zone. I doubt any of us want to see a 3 man weave at the top of the key against a zone anymore.

  • Snookafly

    I hope your right. I had the same hope going into Syracuse this year though too.

  • Snookafly

    In our defense ND lost its best player days after beating us which the pollsters seemed to forget.

  • FinEndNow

    Yea same here. But apparently he doesnt know how to attack one. If he watches games of UVa vs Cuse or UofL vs Cuse he’d see how to maybe? But we’re going to have to play defense and rebound and just hope that the offense next season is completely different. He needs to throw out his million page book of offenses and make everything as simple as possible. The team is too young and inexperienced for a bunch of crazy complex plays that take 25 seconds to run.

  • Ryan Goods

    finally… this tournament will be awesome

  • inadvertentelbows_stillhurt

    Surprised so many people happy to take a Loss….beating a sure fire ranked team outside the Hall isn’t happening with this young team at MSG.

  • JWaltFTW

    Already calling a loss? That’s really disappointing that you quit on a team so prematurely.

  • AUKevin

    Don’t forget the powerful Peter Jurkin! Clearly our greatest asset in the paint……

  • ForeverIU

    Yes, and some of us also at the time could not imagine how we could have lost to a team (ND) that had lost to North Dakota State, who went on to beat 5-seed Oklahoma in the NCAA tournament before losing in the second round to San Diego State.

  • HannerTime Hoosier

    we are going to get pummelled!!!
    But HannerTime will be epic and go off for 22 and 12 boards. Jez wait n see! Lol

  • inadvertentelbows_stillhurt

    I love IUBB but only 4 B1G titles , 2 final 4s and 7 sweet 16 appearances in 24 years can get a guy a little down sometimes..

  • drewheck

    That’s what I was thinking

  • HannerTime Hoosier

    What year will Indiana be back in a Final Four?
    Seriously, all the Kool-Aid drinkers out there in ITH-land, I do not see us back in the hunt for a National Championship for 8 to 10 years. I will be semi-retired, living 6 months in Central or South America, wondering if I should be passionate about a program geared for success.
    I have watched some outstanding basketball games by some spectacular teams led by some stellar coaches. Sigh . . . one can always dream they are watching Indiana in one of these games!!!

  • inadvertentelbows_stillhurt

    slow clap…

  • ronb

    Some of you will never be positive about anything IU does. We all said our non conference schedule needed beefed up and Coach goes and gets this tourney and you still are whinning. Now that he has good game some of you are saying we will lose them all and the young team will fall apart. Guys even when we get Louisville like we all wanted your still unhappy. We can’t live in the past forever.
    This is a new season with some good games we should be very happy to get them.

  • Hoosier Hall

    I’m pretty sure that IS the way it’s done. I remember reading something about it at one time. That said, I would love to play Duke, Virginia or North Carolina.

  • Hoosier Hall

    How about the Final Four team that we did beat this year? Or the other one that barely beat us in the last few seconds?

  • Hoosier Hall

    Watched that one again recently. If you turn it off at the half, you’ll actually believe we could have won that one. We were slicing and dicing the back door and high post. That putback jam by Troy Williams had Syracuse wondering… but then, the 2nd half Hoosiers showed up.

  • yimyames

    Can’t remember if it’s that or if its based on projections for the current year.

  • yimyames

    SMU will be pre season top 25, maybe 15. Louisville will be in the same boat.

  • yimyames

    UofL may be younger, based on minutes played.

  • yimyames

    We will also have more fans there than louisville. Actually, will be more of a road environment for them than us.

  • yimyames

    You could have just typed, “I won’t be happy until Crean is gone.” That would have taken a lot less time and effort.

  • ForeverIU

    And the Elite Eight team that we beat soundly in our first meeting and barely lost to on their senior night. No sense regretting now I guess.

  • yimyames

    Also, this is the type of comment that has absolutely nothing to do with the article. This type stuff is what should be moderated, IMO.

  • ForeverIU

    I think it’s okay to post something unrelated to the article. I often use these articles as an excuse to have discussions with you all. I think it should be fine as long as it’s basketball. HannerTIme is expressing frustration. I don’t think he insulted anyone. If I find something overly negative and its author not really open to fruitful discussion, I just ignore the comment. I don’t think we should go deleting stuff at the slightest hint of negativity.

  • ForeverIU

    FInd a good soccer, or should I say fùtbol, team to cheer for. In financial terms, diversify your portfolio.

  • SCHoosier

    U get what you asked for. Improving the schedule was important..until Noah left. UL will have a young team also..so maybe the teams will turn each over and it will be called a draw? Ha!

  • yimyames

    What part of that comment makes you think he wants discussion?

  • SCHoosier

    Thank you for the info. If Harrell comes back..IU starts as an 8-10 10 point underdog. Their guards are young but good…..Mathiang had some good minutes..Snider will be a solid rookie.. ..but Harrell….nobody from the Hoosiers can hang their hat with him in the post or on the boards. Troy might give it a good shot..but… Let the speculation begin:)