May 24, 2011

BRISTOL, Conn. - The NCAA National Champion Texas A&M women's basketball team will face defending BIG EAST champion Connecticut in the 10th annual Jimmy V Women's Basketball Classic to be held on Tuesday, Dec. 6, 2011, as announced by ESPN on Tuesday.

The first-ever and much-anticipated non-conference showdown between the Aggies and the Huskies will be televised live nationally on ESPN2 from Gampel Pavilion at 7 p.m. (ET) in Storrs, Conn.

"The opportunity to play in the Jimmy V Classic is more than playing a game on national television," said Texas A&M head coach Gary Blair. "It is a tremendous honor, not only to represent our school and program, but to represent the Jimmy V Foundation and its cause. We are excited to be part of such an event to raise awareness for cancer research, and to play in a game of this magnitude two years in a row says a lot about our program. Hopefully in years to come we'll be able to host the game at Reed Arena."

Texas A&M will make its second consecutive Jimmy V Classic appearance after its event debut last year while Connecticut will play in its fourth, but first since 2005. Last season, the Aggies claimed their first national championship in program history in their first-ever trip to the NCAA Final Four. The Huskies are winners of seven national championships and 90 consecutive games between 2008 and 2010, the longest win streak in NCAA Division I Basketball (men and women) history.

The Jimmy V Men's Basketball Classic will also be held on Tuesday, Dec. 6, marking the first time the two events benefiting cancer research have been played on the same night. The 17th annual men's doubleheader, held at New York City's famed Madison Square Garden for the ninth consecutive event, will pit Missouri vs. Villanova at 7 p.m. and Washington vs. Marquette at 9 p.m., both on ESPN.

Once again, the two early-season college basketball events that showcase top programs on ESPN and ESPN2 will conclude the fifth annual Jimmy V Week, a weeklong initiative 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 Women's Basketball Classic will go on sale in the fall and will be available at the Connecticut ticket office. The Aggies will release their complete 2011-12 schedule at a later date.

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.