Rutgers to host Maryland in Jimmy V Classic

Updated: August 9, 2007, 1:13 PM ET news services

Last season's NCAA runner-up and the national champion from two years ago will clash in the sixth annual Jimmy V Women's Basketball Classic.


Tickets are also available for the ESPNU Women's Basketball Invitational, a doubleheader featuring Duke, South Florida, Tennessee and Oklahoma on Nov. 15. Both games will be televised live on ESPNU.

The event will be held at the St. Pete Times Forum in Tampa Bay, Fla., and will tip off the 2007-08 women's college basketball season. Duke faces South Florida at 7 p.m. ET, while defending NCAA champion Tennessee plays Oklahoma at 9 p.m. ET.

Tickets have been available since July 11 at the McDonald's box office at the St. Pete Times Forum. Tickets are also available via all Ticketmaster outlets, including Spec's Music and FYE.

The Forum is also the site of the 2008 Women's Final Four on April 6 and 8.

Rutgers will host Maryland at 7 p.m. ET on Dec. 3 in Piscataway, N.J. The Jimmy V Men's Basketball Classic will be played the following night on Dec. 4 at Madison Square Garden as Kansas State plays Notre Dame (7 p.m. ET) and Southern California faces Memphis (9 p.m. ET). The women's game will be broadcast on ESPN2. The men's doubleheader will air on ESPN.

Rutgers, which lost to Tennessee in last April's national championship game, hosts the event for the second consecutive season. Duke defeated the Scarlet Knights 85-45 in last year's matchup. Rutgers, under coach C. Vivian Stringer, then beat the Blue Devils, the No. 1 overall seed in last season's NCAA Tournament, 53-52, in the Elite Eight en route to Stringer's fourth Final Four appearance.

Maryland won the 2006 NCAA title.

Tickets for the Jimmy V Women's Basketball Classic will be available after Oct. 1 at the University of Rutgers ticket office (866-445-GORU or 4678).

Proceeds from each event will benefit The V Foundation for Cancer Research, which was founded in 1993 by ESPN and the late Jim Valvano, legendary NC State men's basketball coach and ESPN commentator. Since 1993, the Foundation has raised more than $60 million to fund cancer research grants nationwide.