Jimmy V Classic 2012: 5 Things We Learned from This Year's Showcase

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Jimmy V Classic 2012: 5 Things We Learned from This Year's Showcase
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The Jimmy V Classic is one of the most important events in college basketball for a number of reasons.

First, foremost, and unequivocally, it's a celebration of Jim Valvano, the legendary coach who tragically passed of cancer in 1993.

His ESPY speech lives on, as does the legacy of the V Foundation—his eponymous institution that's donated more than $90 million for cancer research.

It's also a great early season showcase for college basketball teams, which get the chance to play competitive games on a big stage in New York City.

Every year we see some of the nation's premier squads face off at Madison Square Garden, and every year we glean important lessons from those games.

This year was no different.

In the early game, No. 15 Georgetown dismantled Texas. In the late game, No. 25 North Carolina State—the school Jimmy V famously coached to a national title in 1983—rallied to beat Connecticut.

Basketball always comes second at the Jimmy V Classic, but in the name of a man who gave his life to the sport, it's also a vital part of the evening.

Let's take a look at what we learned.

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