Maryland to face Villanova in 2014 Jimmy V Classic

Maryland to face Villanova in 2014 Jimmy V Classic
April 2, 2014, 2:15 pm
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(Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports)

Head coach Mark Turgeon and the Maryland Terrapins will be one of four schools competing in the 2014 Jimmy V Classic at Madison Square Garden in New York City, the event announced on Wednesday.

Maryland will take on Villanova and Indiana will take on Louisville on Dec. 9 as part of the doubleheader in Manhattan.

The Wildcats won the Big East regular-season title last season by finishing with a 16-2 record in the conference and 29-5 overall mark. They were bounced in Round of 32 of the NCAA tournament by Connecticut, a team that is now readying itself to compete in the Final Four in North Texas this weekend.

Though coach Jay Wright's team is losing leading scorer James Bell to graduation, seven of the nine players who saw regular time in the rotation will be returning next season. The Wildcats will also bring in two four-star prospects from the Class of 2014, Mikal Bridges and Baltimore-area guard Phil Booth.

The Jimmy V Classic is an annual event hosted in partnership with ESPN that strives to bring awareness to cancer research and help in raising money for the cause.

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