Men's Basketball

    Indiana to Play in 15th Annual Jimmy V Classic

    Go Hoosiers! Indiana will take on Pitt in the Jimmy V Classic at Madison Square Garden
    Go Hoosiers!
    Indiana will take on Pitt in the Jimmy V Classic at Madison Square Garden
    Go Hoosiers!

    July 1, 2009

    BRISTOL, Conn. - The Indiana University men's basketball team will face Pittsburgh in the second game of the 2009 Jimmy V Classic scheduled for 9 p.m., Tuesday December 8 in New York's Madison Square Garden. Butler will face Georgetown in the opening contest at 7 p.m., with both games set to air on ESPN. This is the 15th Annual Classic, with Indiana making its second appearance in the event (1999).

    "My wife and I are contributors to the V Foundation and it is an honor for us to participate in the Jimmy V Classic," said IU Head Coach Tom Crean. "This is annually one of the premiere events in college basketball and it is always exciting to take a team to Madison Square Garden. We have great respect for the Pittsburgh program."

    The two early-season college basketball events showcasing top programs on ESPN and ESPN2 will conclude the third annual Jimmy V Week, a week-long initiative across multiple ESPN platforms and programs featuring special content to help raise funds for cancer research December 2-8.

    Tickets for the Jimmy V Men's Basketball Classic can be purchased through, by calling Ticketmaster at 212-307-7171, or in person at the Madison Square Garden Box Office later this summer.

    15th Annual Jimmy V Men's Basketball Classic
    Highlights of the 15th annual Jimmy V Men's Basketball Classic showcasing four of the nation's elite programs:

    • Georgetown and Butler will make their Jimmy V Classic debut while Indiana and Pittsburgh each won their only other game in the event: Indiana 82-73 over North Carolina in 1999 and Pittsburgh 70-51 over Memphis in 2004.
    • This year will mark the first matchup between Butler and Georgetown.
    • Indiana holds a 4-3 record against Pittsburgh despite losing 74-52 in the last meeting between the schools in the second round of the 2003 NCAA Tournament.
    • The Hoosiers are 8-8 all-time in Madison Square Garden and will make their first appearance in the venue since the 2001 Preseason NIT.



    Jimmy V Men's Basketball Classic Dinner October 14
    The head coaches for all four Classic teams are expected to appear at the Jimmy V Basketball Classic Dinner Auction to be held Wednesday, Oct. 14 at New York's Chelsea Piers' PIER SIXTY, presented by ESPN, Madison Square Garden, and The V Foundation The dinner will kick off the 75th season of basketball at The Garden and celebrate the 15th anniversary of the Jimmy V Men's Basketball Classic and ESPN's 30th anniversary. Proceeds from the dinner and auction will benefit The V Foundation to fund cancer research. For additional information or to reserve tickets call The V Foundation at 1-800-4JimmyV or log on to

    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 basketball coach and ESPN commentator. Since 1993, the Foundation has raised more than $80 million to fund cancer research grants nationwide. It awards 100 percent of all direct cash donations and net proceeds of events directly to cancer research and related programs. The Foundation, which has received six consecutive top 4-star ratings from Charity Navigator, awards grants through a competitive awards process strictly supervised by a Scientific Review Committee. For more information on The V Foundation or to make a donation, please visit


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