No. 25 NC State Faces UConn In the Jimmy V Classic
Dec. 1, 2012
Connecticut (6-1) vs. No. 25 NC State (4-2)
SERIES RECORD: Series 2-2
LAST MEETING: 65-62, NC State (3/20/2005)
PxP: Dan Shulman Color: Dick Vitale Watch
RADIO: NC State Radio Network Listen
PxP: Gary Hahn Color: Tony Haynes
RALEIGH, N.C. - When NC State faces Connecticut in the nightcap of the Jimmy V Classic on Tuesday at New York City's Madison Square Garden on ESPN, it will be the culmination of the network's Jimmy V Week.
In its fifth year, V Week is a celebration of the passion and spirit of the coach that guided the Wolfpack to 1983 national title and his establishment of the V Foundation for cancer research.
The promotional event, led by ESPN, has generated more than $5 million in total contributions for The V Foundation for Cancer Research, including an initiative-record $1.3 million in net proceeds last year.
The Wolfpack will pay tribute to Valvano by wearing specially designed jerseys for the occasion. The red road jersey features a net design around the collar and shoulders, reminiscent of Valvano wearing the nets following his "Cardiac Pack's" dramatic run to the national title.
On the back of each jersey is Valvano's famous line of "Don't Ever Give Up," first heard during a pre-game speech on Feb. 21, 1993, prior to NC State's game with Duke at Reynolds Coliseum in which he served as the color analyst on the ABC broadcast. Also highlighting the jersey will be the V Foundation's signature V logo.
This will be the fifth all-time meeting between NC State and Connecticut with the series even at two games each. The last time the two programs played was in the 2005 NCAA Tournament with the Pack prevailing 65-62 to advance to the Sweet Sixteen.
It will mark the second time NC State has played in the Classic, losing to Gonzaga 69-60 in the 2002 event.
Gary Hahn and Tony Haynes will provide the description of the action on the court on the NC State Radio Network. The broadcast will begin an hour before tip off. Dan Shulman and Dick Vitale will handle the play-by-play and color commentary, respectively, for the game's television broadcast.