"This is an opportunity for us to play a high-quality opponent in UConn," said NC State head coach Mark Gottfried. "For our players and fans it will be exciting to play in Madison Square Garden. The important thing is being a part of this because of Coach Valvano's contributions, not only to this program, but to the ongoing battle against cancer."
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. It will be Connecticut's first appearance in the event, which benefits the Foundation founded by ESPN and former ESPN analyst and Pack head coach Jim Valvano, who passed away from cancer in 1993.
The Jimmy V Classic is the culmination of the fifth annual Jimmy V Week, a weeklong initiative across multiple ESPN platforms and programs featuring special content to help raise funds for cancer research. In five years, Jimmy V Week 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.
Tickets for the Jimmy V Men's Basketball Classic will go on sale in the fall via Ticketmaster and at the Madison Square Garden Box Office.
Forward Tyler Harris has asked for and been granted his release from the NC State men's basketball team it has been announced.
"I'm disappointed that my staff and I won't have the opportunity to continue working with Tyler," said head coach Mark Gottfried. "I wish him well in his future academic and athletic pursuits."
Harris averaged 1.8 points and 1.2 rebounds in 19 games with three starts last season.