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Report: Villanova to face Gonzaga in 2017 Jimmy V Classic at Madison Square Garden

Oh, and also a former Big East matchup is happening too.

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Get excited, college basketball fans. For the first time ever, the Villanova Wildcats and Gonzaga Bulldogs will do battle next year at historic Madison Square Garden as part of the 2017 Jimmy V Classic.

The news of this encounter between two of the top programs in the sport comes to us from CBS Sports/FanRag Sports college basketball insider Jon Rothstein who reported the news on late Thursday morning.

In addition to ‘Nova and Gonzaga’s tilt, as you can see, old memories will likely be awoken as two teams who are very familiar with the confines of The Garden will do battle as well. The Syracuse Orange and UConn Huskies, two former Big East programs, are set to be pit against each other at MSG at the 2017 Jimmy V Classic also.

One should expect all four teams to be up to snuff with the expectations they’ve set, and for these two matchups to deliver the goods when the time rolls around.