Cincinnati to play Pitt in December

Updated: June 5, 2013, 2:24 PM ET
By Andy Katz | ESPN.com

Cincinnati and Pitt, who will go their separate ways next season as the Bearcats compete in the American Athletic Conference while the Panthers head to the ACC, will meet on Dec. 17 in the Jimmy V Classic at Madison Square Garden in New York City as one of two high-profile games in the annual event.

In an ESPN doubleheader, Memphis will meet Florida in the nightcap, which pits the Bearcats' fellow American Athletic member against one of the traditional powers in the SEC.

The Jimmy V Classic has traditionally been earlier in December. But this move to later in the month, outside the final exam window, will likely help draw better teams to the event.

The games cap Jimmy V Week, an ESPN initiative to raise money for cancer research in the name of Jimmy Valvano, the former NC State coach who died of cancer in 1993. Jimmy V Week has raised more than $6.7 million for the V Foundation. The cancer research operation raised a record-high $1.59 million in 2013.

Each of the four teams has a headline player who will likely compete for all-league honors in Florida's Patric Young, Memphis' Joe Jackson, Cincinnati's Sean Kilpatrick and Pitt's James Robinson.

This event will likely be one of the key nonconference games on each of the four teams' respective schedules.

The women's event will be on the same night and will begin at the same time but take place in Durham, N.C., as defending national champ UConn plays at Elite Eight participant Duke at 7 p.m. on ESPN2.

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Senior Writer, ESPN.com