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Illinois vs. Villanova in 2014 Jimmy V Men's Classic

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The Illinois men’s basketball team will square off with Villanova on Tuesday, December 9 in the 2014 Jimmy V Men’s Classic.

Both teams will play the first game of a doubleheader starting at 7 p.m. at New York City’s Madison Square Garden. The second game will be at 9 p.m. between Indiana and Louisville. Illinois has taken the place of Maryland, which cannot play because of scheduling issues.

"Illinois is a great addition to the 2014 Jimmy V Men’s Classic doubleheader,” said Nick Dawson, ESPN senior director, programming and acquisitions. “Their matchup against Villanova, followed by Indiana facing Louisville, gives the event two competitive games that will drive tremendous awareness to The V Foundation and the mission to beat cancer. We are also glad to have Maryland in the 2016 Jimmy V Classic.”

Illinois playing Villanova dates back to 1938. The teams have played a total of six times and each has three wins.

The Jimmy V Men’s Classic helps raise money for cancer research. Tickets for the event go on sale later this fall. They can be purchased at the Madison Square Garden Box Office, by phone at 866-858-0008, or online at Ticket Master and The Garden.

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