The 2019 Jimmy V Men’s Classic Presented by Corona – in its 25th year – will include Indiana, Louisville, Texas Tech and UConn. The annual doubleheader, held in conjunction with V Week, will take place on Tuesday, Dec. 10 (time TBD), with the Huskies facing the Hoosiers, and the Cardinals taking on the Red Raiders. Both matchups will be played at Madison Square Garden in New York City, on ESPN.
Texas Tech will be playing in the Jimmy V Classic for the first time and will matchup against Louisville for the first time history. The Red Raiders are coming off a historic season where they advanced to the NCAA Championship final, won the Big 12 Conference regular-season championship and had the winningest season in program history with 31 victories.
“We are thrilled to welcome Indiana, Louisville, Texas Tech and UConn to this year’s Classic,” said Pete Derzis, ESPN Pete Derzis, ESPN senior vice president of college sports programming and ESPN Events. “The legacy of Jim Valvano and the work of the V Foundation continue to be honored through this event, and we look forward to bringing fans two great matchups as we raise funds and awareness for cancer research.”
Tech will be playing at Madison Square Garden for the third straight season after also playing Seton Hall in 2017 and Duke last season. The Red Raiders have also announced a trip to Las Vegas where they will play in the Continental Tire Las Vegas Invitational.
Texas Tech, after an impressive 2018-19 season – which included an appearance in the national title game – will play in its first Jimmy V Classic
Louisville, also earning a spot in last season’s NCAA tournament, will be making its third appearance
Both Indiana and UConn will make their fourth appearance in the event
Louisville and Texas Tech are ranked No. 8 and No. 16, respectively, in ESPN’s latest Way-Too-Early Top 25