Oct. 2, 2013
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University of Cincinnati men's basketball head coach Mick Cronin attended the 19th annual Jimmy V Classic Dinner on Wednesday, Oct. 2 at Gotham Hall in New York City. It was hosted by The V Foundation for Cancer Research and Team ESPN.
The event honored the six men's and women's basketball teams participating in this year's Jimmy V Basketball Classics Presented by Corona Extra.
The men's doubleheader, held at the famed Madison Square Garden for the 11th consecutive year, will tip off on Dec. 17 at 7 p.m. ET with Cincinnati facing former conference foe Pittsburgh, followed by Florida against Memphis at 9 p.m. The 12th annual Women's Classic will showcase defending national champion Connecticut at Duke in Durham, N.C., at Cameron Indoor Stadium.
The two early-season events showcase top college basketball programs on ESPN and ESPN2 and conclude the seventh annual Jimmy V Week, an initiative taking place Dec. 3-17 across multiple ESPN platforms and programs featuring special content to help raise funds for cancer research.
In six years, Jimmy V Week has generated $6,761,437 in total contributions for The V Foundation for Cancer Research, including a record-setting number of $1,591,108 in 2013.
Comments from UC head coach Mick Cronin:
"I lost my mother to cancer in 2005, so I am on the board of Cincinnati's American Cancer Society and I'm also a founding member of the Southwest Ohio Coaches vs. Cancer Association. Obviously losing my mother to cancer makes the cause near and dear to my heart."
"Growing up a fan of Jimmy V, I never forget watching him run around the court in Albuquerque and his passion for life and the game. I always thought that's the definition of a coach. It's a great honor for me to be participating in this event personally, but also for our university."
"This season, I want our guys to get better every day, hopefully compete for a conference championship and put ourselves in a position to make a run in March. Our game is all about March Madness and the NCAA Tournament. We have five freshmen that are all probably going to contribute. It's new and exciting when you've got a lot of new guys, but at the same time it's a lot of work for the coach."
"Pitt and Cincy, we've had so many bloodbaths. We decided we'd continue it as a non-league game. Playing Jamie's team is always a challenge because you know they're always going to be well-prepared and going to physically compete. They're so good defensively that you've got to find ways to score. I like it as a non-league game because you're going to learn a lot about your team, because if you have weaknesses, they're going to exploit them."