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Big 10 has 2 in 2014 Jimmy V Classic

Photo: Michael Conroy

Louisville head coach Rick Pitino yells during the second half of an NCAA Midwest Regional semifinal college basketball tournament game against the Kentucky Friday, March 28, 2014, in Indianapolis. (AP Photo/Michael Conroy)

NEW YORK (AP) Villanova will play Illinois and Indiana will meet Louisville in the Jimmy V Classic on Dec. 9 at Madison Square Garden.

Illinois is a replacement for fellow Big Ten school Maryland which had to drop out because of scheduling issues. It was announced Monday that Maryland will be in the 2016 Jimmy V Classic.

The doubleheader will conclude the eighth annual Jimmy V Week, an initiative by ESPN on its various platforms to help raise funds for cancer research. In seven years, Jimmy V Week has generated over $8 million in total contributions for The V Foundation for Cancer Research, including a record-setting $1.8 million in 2013.

The V Foundation was founded by ESPN and former commentator Jim Valvano who led North Carolina State to the 1983 national championship and died from cancer in 1993.

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