As we move deeper into the offseason, we’ll be getting sporadic updates on matchups and brackets for the biggest November and December college basketball events.
The latest: The Jimmy V Classic, which is held in New York every December. Next season will see Duke play against Florida and Arizona State play against Purdue. The Sun Devils and Boilermakers will play first, with the Blue Devils and Gators getting the nightcap, both games at Madison Square Garden on Dec. 6. The announcement came on Wednesday.
The big draw is Duke, of course, and not just because of brand name. Remember, the Blue Devils are likely to be a consensus preseason No. 1 team. They will be loaded. This is Duke’s first time participating in the Jimmy V Classic in 15 years. Duke and Florida haven’t played each other since 2000, in the NCAA Tournament.
Mike White is the second-year coach at Florida. The Gators went 21-15 last season, losing in the NIT to eventual tournament champion George Washington. The interesting link between Florida and Duke: White’s father, Kevin, is the AD at Duke.
Adding to the Duke-ness of the event: Arizona State coach Bobby Hurley is one of the best players in Duke history. Purdue owns a 3-2 edge in its series history with ASU.
This will be the 22nd annual Jimmy V Classic, which does tremendous work in raising money and awareness in fighting all kinds of cancer.