UConn, Texas to meet in Jimmy V Classic
This will be UConn's sixth consecutive Jimmy V Classic and ninth appearance overall while Texas will be playing in the event for just the second time.
“Being a part of the Jimmy V Classic is always very special and enjoyable. For several years now, this game has become part of the ESPN college basketball landscape and to be associated with it says something about your program and how it’s viewed nationally," UConn coach Geno Auriemma said in a statement. "More importantly, being a part of the Jimmy V Classic gives us the opportunity to teach this year’s group of players a little about Jimmy, what he stood for and how important the cause of curing cancer is. Playing in this game never gets old."
UConn is 7-0 against Texas with four of the wins coming in the NCAA tournament. The Longhorns have the distinction of being the only team the Huskies beat more than once in the NCAA tournament during its run of three straight titles from 2002-04 and also played them multiple times in the NCAA tourney during the current streak of four straight national titles.
Texas figures to have one of the better backcourts in the country led by last year's leading scorer Brooke McCarty as well as rising stars Ariel Atkins and Lashann Higgs. High school All-American Joyner Holmes, who drew some recruiting interest from UConn, comes into the program to add some size following the graduation of WNBA first-round pick Imani Boyette.
The Texas game is part of an ambitious non-conference schedule for the Huskies. UConn will host Baylor, Chattanooga, Dayton, DePaul, Ohio State and South Carolina, play on the road against Florida State, Kansas State, LSU, Maryland, Nebraska and Notre Dame. Also, with the American Athletic Conference making the switch to playing 16 regular-season games after having 18 conference games, look for the breakdown of home and away opponents to be announced likely not long after the conclusion of the AAC annual meetings set from May 31-June 3 in Miami.
Here are UConn's previous Jimmy V Classic results
11-24-2002 at Raleigh, N.C.: UConn 78, North Carolina State 50
11-21-2004 at Releigh, N.C.: North Carolina 71, UConn 65
12-5-2005 at Hartford: North Carolina 77, UConn 54
12-6-2011 at Hartford: UConn 81, Texas A&M 51
12-2-2012 at Hartford: UConn 63, Maryland 48
12-17-2013 at Durham, N.C.: UConn 83, Duke 61
12-6-2014 at South Bend, Ind: UConn 76, Notre Dame 58
12-5-2015 at Storrs: UConn 91, Notre Dame 81