Jimmy V Classic: Georgetown-Texas, UConn-NC St.

Frank Doyle | Updated Dec 04, 2012


Jimmy V Classic: Preview and Result

Every year, college basketball pays tribute to former coach Jim Valvano with The Jimmy V Classic. Valvano died on April 28, 1993 of bone cancer, less than a year after he founded The V Foundation of Cancer Research. He’s remembered not only for his work on the court, but also a stirring speech he delivered at the 1993 ESPY Awards. This year, the Florida Gators face off against the Georgetown Hoyas, while the NC State Wolfpack battle the UConn Huskies in Tuesday’s Jimmy V Classic held at Madison Square Garden in New York City.


Both the Hoyas and Longhorns have experienced some ups and downs this season. There wasn’t much good coming out of Georgetown’s latest win. They pulled out an ugly 37-36 victory over Tennessee on Friday despite shooting just 36.4 from the field. “If you just look at the numbers and the stat sheet and say we won the game – before the game, I’d say you’re crazy,” coach John Thompson III told reporters. “I’d think it’s virtually impossible. As frustrating as an offensive day that I can remember being a part of, we still got stops. And that’s not the worst thing in the world.” Meanwhile, the Longhorns have won three straight and are holding their opponents to 30.7 percent shooting this year. However, before the winning streak, Texas suffered tough losses to Division II Chaminade and USC before that. Look for Texas to give Georgetown’s offence another tough matchup tonight. Sheldon McClellan, averaging 17 points and 4.3 rebounds and 4 assists per game is the difference here. Texas 56, Georgetown 55.

NC State – UConn

So far, Shabazz Napier has been as good as anyone could have expected – up until his last game. He’s averaging 18.6 points and three rebounds through seven games this season but managed just five points in 33 minutes in UConn’s 61-53 win over New Hampshire last week. Luckily, Ryan Boatright stepped up with 19 points. He is the other half of UConn’s two-pronged offence. Boatright averages 13.7 points per game and will give the Wolfpack another attacker to worry about. That duo will have to be in top form against NC State’s offence. The Wolfpack rank third in the nation shooting 52.5 percent from the floor and have six players scoring in double figures. NC State has too much depth right now. Napier and Boatright should keep it close, but the Wolfpack pull away in the second half. NC State 71, UConn 65.