Texas Tech and Tennessee start time set for 2021 Jimmy V Classic



Texas Tech and Tennessee start time set for 2021 Jimmy V Classic

Texas Tech returns to Madison Square Garden where it will face Tennessee in the 2021 Jimmy V Classic presented by Corona on Tuesday, December 7 in New York City.

The Red Raiders and Volunteers are due to be announced at 6 p.m. (CST) on ESPN and will be followed by a clash between Syracuse and Villanova.

The Jimmy V Classic, named after legendary college male basketball coach and former ESPN commentator Jim Valvano, annually raises and promotes the V Foundation for Cancer Research, founded by Valvano in 1993 to fund groundbreaking cancer research and scientists to eradicate the disease. ESPN officially announced the event on Wednesday.

Texas Tech earned a 70-57 victory over Louisville No.1 in the 2019 Jimmy V Classic for its first victory over a top-ranked team in program history in its first appearance at the Jimmy V Classic. The Vols were scheduled to play in the 2020 Jimmy V Classic against Gonzaga, but their match was called off.

Tennessee has just completed a trip to the NCAA tournament and a season where it finished with an 18-9 overall record and was 10-7 in the SEC game before ending its season with a 70-56 loss to the ‘Oregon State in the first round of the tournament. The Volunteers are led by Rick Barnes entering his seventh season in Knoxville after 17 years in Texas. The Vols are 15-18 against opponents in the Big 12 after claiming an 80-61 victory over No.15 Kansas in the Big 12 / SEC Challenge at home.

The Red Raiders are 1-0 against Tennessee, the last meeting being in 1953 when Polk Robison led his team to an 88-71 victory over the Volunteers in Knoxville. Texas Tech is currently 132-144 all-time against current SEC Schools after its 76-71 win over LSU last season in the Big 12 / SEC Challenge in Baton Rouge before falling to Arkansas in the second round of the NCAA tournament at Hinkle Fieldhouse in Indianapolis.

In New York, the Red Raiders recorded three MSG wins with a 71-61 victory over Minnesota in the 2003 NIT, a 65-64 victory over Utah in the 2003 NIT Preseason Tipoff and the victory over Louisville in the 2003 NIT. of the last trip of the program. At New York.

In addition to playing in Tennessee, Texas Tech is also set to face Mississippi State on Saturday, Jan. 29 in a Big 12 / SEC Challenge game in Lubbock. The Red Raider lineup also includes playing Gonzaga at the Jerry Colangelo Classic on Saturday December 18 in Phoenix and facing Providence in the Big 12-BIG EAST Battle on December 1 in Rhode Island. The full program will be announced once completed.



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