The University of Missouri men’s basketball team will be one of four squads taking pat in the prestigious Jimmy V Basketball Classic, it has been announced. The Tigers will make their Jimmy V debut against Villanova on December 6.
The 17th annual men’s doubleheader, held at New York City’s famed Madison Square Garden for the ninth consecutive event, will have MU in the first contest at 6:00 pm CT, followed by Washington vs. Marquette at 8:00 pm CT. Both games will be televised live nationally by ESPN.
Missouri welcomes back its top six scorers and nearly its entire squad for new head coach Frank Haith. The Tigers have advanced to NCAA postseason play each of the last three campaigns and are ranked in the top 25 nationally in most early preseason polls.
The Jimmy V Classic helps showcase top programs on ESPN and will conclude the fifth annual Jimmy V Week, a weeklong initiative from Nov. 30 to Dec. 6 across multiple ESPN platforms and programs featuring special content to help raise funds for cancer research. Tickets for the Jimmy V Men’s Basketball Classic will go on sale in the fall via Ticketmaster and at the Madison Square Garden Box Office.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 raised more than $100 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. Administrative and fundraising expenses are paid by the Foundation's endowment. The Foundation awards 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