July 1, 2009
BRISTOL, Conn.--The Pitt men's basketball team will face perennial Big 10 power Indiana in the 15th annual Jimmy V Classic on Tuesday, December 8 at Madison Square Garden. The contest will tipoff at approximately 9 p.m. on ESPN. Georgetown and Butler will play in the first game of the annual doubleheader beginning at 7 p.m.
Pitt will participate in its second all-time Jimmy V Classic. Pitt last took part in the event five years ago when it defeated Memphis 70-51 on December 7, 2004. Madison Square Garden is Pitt's "home away from home" as the Panthers own a 23-9 record and .719 winning percentage in the arena since the 2000-01 season. Pitt also has advanced to seven of the last nine Big East Tournament championship games, capturing titles in both 2003 and 2008.
Created in the memory of former North Carolina State basketball coach Jim Valvano (1946-1993), the Jimmy V Classic doubleheader began in 1995 to raise funds for cancer research. The event will conclude ESPN's 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 (Dec. 2-8).
Tickets for the Jimmy V Men's Basketball Classic can be purchased through ticketmaster.com, by calling Ticketmaster at (212) 307-7171 or in person at the Madison Square Garden Box Office later this summer. Information on Pitt's ticket allotment will be available at a later date.
Pitt is also scheduled to participate in the 2009 O'Reilly Auto Parts CBE Classic in Kansas City, Mo. from November 23-24. The four-team event will feature Pitt, Texas, Wichita State and Iowa.
2009 JIMMY V. CLASSIC
Tuesday, Dec. 8, 2009, Madison Square Garden, New York, N.Y.
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