UC head coach Mick Cronin
June 5, 2013
Complete ESPN release
CINCINNATI - The University of Cincinnati men's basketball team will take on Pittsburgh in the first of two games scheduled as part of the Jimmy V Classic on Dec. 17 at New York City's famed Madison Square Garden.
The UC-Pitt contest starts at 7 p.m. ET and will be followed by a matchup between Florida and Memphis at 9 p.m. Both games will be televised by ESPN.
The games conclude Jimmy V Week, a week-long initiative across multiple ESPN platforms and programs that feature special content to help raise funds for cancer research.
The UC-Pitt matchup will come 11 years to the day the Bearcats last played in the Jimmy V Classic. UC defeated Oregon 77-52 in East Rutherford, N.J. on Dec. 17, 2002.
The series is tied 9-9 after both teams split a pair of meetings last season. The Bearcats topped the Panthers 70-61 in Pittsburgh in the BIG EAST Conference opener on Dec. 31 before Pitt earned a 62-52 win at UC's Fifth Third Arena on Feb. 9. The two teams have met once before at New York's Madison Square Garden, with Pitt claiming a 70-64 victory in the first-round of the 2008 BIG EAST Championship.
The 2013-14 campaign marks UC's first season in the American Athletic Conference while Pittsburgh begins play in the Atlantic Coast Conference. Both teams advanced to the NCAA tournament last season. UC finished 22-12 overall, making its third consecutive trip to the NCAA tournament. Pitt also advanced to NCAA tournament, finishing 24-9 overall.
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.
The V Foundation
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 www.jimmyv.org.