The games are part of "Jimmy V Week" on the ESPN family of broadcast outlets, which runs from Dec. 3-9. Proceeds from each event benefit The V Foundation for Cancer Research.
The men's doubleheader, held at the famed Madison Square Garden for the sixth consecutive year, will pit defending Southern Conference champion Davidson vs. Big East power West Virginia at 7 p.m. and perennial Big 12 power Texas vs. Big East force Villanova at 9 p.m. Both games will be televised on ESPN.
All four teams ended the season in the ESPN/USA Today Top 25 poll -- #5 Texas, #9 Davidson, #17 West Virginia and #24 Villanova - and participated in the NCAA Tournament with Texas and Davidson making it to the Elite 8 and West Virginia and Villanova the Sweet 16.
Three teams will make their Jimmy V Classic debut: Davidson, West Virginia and Villanova. Texas' only other game was a 91-83 loss to Arizona in the 2003 event.
West Virginia and Villanova are two of only five teams to reach the Sweet 16 at least three times since 2005 (UCLA, North Carolina and Memphis being the other three). Texas is one of three national programs to advance to at least the Sweet 16 in five of the last seven years.
The head coaches for all six Classic teams are expected to appear at the 14th annual Jimmy V Basketball Classic Dinner Auction to be held Tuesday, Oct. 14 at New York's Chelsea Piers Pier Sixty. Proceeds from the dinner and auction will benefit The V Foundation to fund essential cancer research. For additional information or to reserve tickets call The V Foundation at 1-800-4JimmyV or log on to www.jimmyv.org.
Beginning later this month, tickets for the Jimmy V Men's Basketball Classic can be purchased through ticketmaster.com, by calling Ticketmaster at 212-307-7171, or in person at the Madison Square Garden Box Office.