The 2013 Jimmy V Men’s Basketball Classic promises to be yet another great event for an even better cause.
This year’s conclusion of the seventh annual Jimmy V Classic features four of the best teams college basketball has to offer clashing in two amazing games.
Whether you are a fan of one of the participating programs or just want to tune into a few quality basketball games that are being played to raise cancer awareness, look no further. Keep reading to find out where to catch all the action, which teams are involved, a prediction on the outcome and more.
Where: Madison Square Garden, New York City, N.Y.
When: Tuesday, Dec. 17
Live Stream: WatchESPN
Game 1: Cincinnati vs. Pittsburgh at 7 p.m. ET
Game 2: Florida vs. Memphis at 9 p.m. ET
Cincinnati Bearcats vs. Pittsburgh Panthers
This is Pittsburgh’s first season in the ACC, but the undefeated Panthers will be matching up with a familiar conference foe in the Jimmy V Classic.
Cincinnati is now a member of the American Athletic Conference, but these two schools know one another quite well from being longtime members of the former Big East.
Pittsburgh is off to a red-hot start this season, posting a 10-0 record out of the gate. However, the level of competition has left something to be desired and the program is still seeking a signature win.
Voters for the Associated Press have even left the Panthers off the Top 25 poll as of Week 6, showing how little regard the public has for their unblemished record.
Perhaps they will get some respect if they can knock off the Bearcats. Cincy is off to a solid start and is definitely better than the average opponent Pitt has faced.
Stars to keep an eye on here are Sean Kilpatrick of Cincinnati and Lamar Patterson of Pittsburgh.
The former is one of the best scorers in the country, putting up 19.3 points, 3.6 rebounds, 3.0 assists and 1.7 steals per game. The senior guard will be instrumental to the Bearcats’ chances of pulling off the upset here.
Which team will win?
Patterson is an all around stud, as the senior swingman is averaging 16.5 points, 4.7 rebounds, 5.0 assists and 1.8 steals per contest. He’s going to be tough to stop and will draw a lot of defensive attention.
Expect a close game from start to finish, with Pittsburgh moving to 11-0 after making a few clutch shots down the stretch.
Prediction: Pittsburgh 75, Cincinnati 69
Florida Gators vs. Memphis Tigers
Each of these ranked teams—as of the Week 6 AP poll—will be looking to add another signature win to their resumes by overcoming the other in the Big Apple.
No. 19 Florida has seen plenty of challenges early in the 2013-14 campaign, having already matched up with Wisconsin, UConn and Kansas. Unfortunately, the Gators lost two out of those three battles with ranked opponents and that does not bode well for their shot at winning against the Tigers.
Memphis’ schedule has been a bit easier this year, but the Tigers have left no doubt about the strength of their roster. They avenged an early loss—the only of the season—to Oklahoma State by beating the Cowboys less than two weeks later.
Now Memphis is ready for another test against a different ranked opponent and it will determine just how good this school really is.
This is the Tigers' last year of Conference USA play before they step up to the big leagues and join the American Athletic Conference. Beating UF will help show that they are ready to step up and play a more challenging schedule on a regular basis.
Which team will win?
Keep an eye on Joe Jackson and Shaq Goodwin for Memphis. These two combine to average 28.6 points per game, 9.8 rebounds, 5.1 assists, 2.9 steals and 1.9 blocks per game while playing smothering defense.
They’ll have to outgun Casey Prather and the rest of the high-scoring Florida lineup, a unit that has five players averaging double-digit points per contest. Prather is the most prolific of the bunch, putting up an impressive 18.3 points, 6.1 rebounds and 2.3 assists per game.
Expect a shootout that may get out of hand quickly, with Memphis having a slight edge at the end of 40 minutes.
Prediction: Memphis 84, Florida 82