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UConn Women to Face Duke in Jimmy V Classic

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NEW ORLEANS, LA - APRIL 09: Kelly Faris #34, Breanna Stewart #30 and Kaleena Mosqueda-Lewis #23 of the Connecticut Huskies run onto the court after defeating the Louisville Cardinals during the 2013 NCAA Women's Final Four Championship at New Orleans Arena on April 9, 2013 in New Orleans, Louisiana. (Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images)

Last year, Geno Auriemma's Huskies played in the Jimmy V Classic, defeating No. 9 Maryland 63-48 on their way to their eighth national championship. In 2013, UConn will again take part in the game that honors the former NC State men's coach who lost his battle with cancer in 1993, and this time they'll face another top-ranked team: the Duke Blue Devils.

ESPN announced Wednesday that the game will be played at 7:00 pm on Dec. 17 at Cameron Indoor Stadium and will be aired on ESPN2.

More details via GoDuke.com:

The contest will be the 12th annual women’s game of the Jimmy V Classic and the second time the Blue Devils have hosted the event, which benefits The V Foundation for Cancer Research.

The game will close out the seventh annual Jimmy V Week on ESPN, which is a week-long initiative across multiple ESPN platforms and programs featuring special content to help raise funds for cancer research. In six years, Jimmy V Week has generated $6,761,437 in total contributions for The V Foundation for Cancer Research, including a record-setting number of $1,591,108 in 2013.

The Huskies have made six appearances in the Jimmy V Classic, including the last three years.

On the men's side, Pittsburgh will play Cincinnati, and Florida faces on Memphis at Madison Square Garden.

Via GoDuke.com: The V Foundation for Cancer Research was founded in 1993 by ESPN and the late Jim Valvano, legendary North Carolina State basketball coach and ESPN commentator. Since 1993, The Foundation has funded more than $100 million in cancer research grants nationwide. It awards 100 percent of all direct cash donations to cancer research and related programs. Due to generous donors, the Foundation has an endowment that covers administrative expenses. The Foundation awards peer-reviewed grants through a competitive awards process strictly supervised by a Scientific Advisory Board. For more information on The V Foundation or to make a donation, please visit www.jimmyv.org.

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