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Preview: Five ranked teams showcased in Jimmy V Women’s Classic

The Jimmy V Classic features a triple-header, beginning with No. 1 South Carolina at Duke (1 p.m. ET, ABC) followed by No. 11 UConn at No. 10 Texas (3 p.m. ET, ABC) and concluding with No. 16 Ohio State at No. 20 Tennessee (5 p.m. ET, ESPN).

Maryland v South Carolina
Raven Johnson and No. 1 South Carolina meet Duke in the first game of the three-game Jimmy V Women’s Classic.
Photo by Jacob Kupferman/Getty Images

While the Jimmy V Women’s Classic began in 2002, this Sunday will be the first time the event will feature three games.

And it's not just three games in a row, but three games with five of the six teams ranked. The triple-header also is on national television, starting with No. 1 South Carolina (6-0) at Duke (5-2) at 1 p.m. ET on ABC followed by No. 11 UConn (4-2) vs. No. 10 Texas (8-0) at 3 p.m. on ABC and concluding with No. 16 Ohio State (5-1) vs. No. 20 Tennessee (4-3) at 5 p.m. on ESPN.

Here's everything you need to know to get ready for the action:

No. 1 South Carolina Gamecocks (6-0) vs. Duke Blue Devils (5-2)

Is it possible to be the top team and still have a chip on your shoulder? If so, then that’s South Carolina. Having fallen short of their title dreams last season, they are playing obsessed, determined to get back to the mountaintop and dominate in doing so. They have four players averaging double figures in points and another three or four that would be matching that production if they were on another team.

So what's South Carolina's weakness? It's hard to say at this point, although it could be their reliance on Kamilla Cardoso to clean up the glass. She's averaging 11.8 rebounds, tied for the eighth-highest total in college basketball. Getting her off the boards means you'll have a chance of winning that battle, at the very least. 3-point shooting might be another weak point as South Carolina isn't known for shooting from deep. If you can get hot from beyond the arc, you can take them out of their game.

Will this strategy work for Duke, given they are shooting just 35 percent from three? They'll likely try. If Ashlon Jackson gets going, it will be the Blue Devils' best chance to pull off the upset. Regardless of the outcome, Duke has already impressed this season. They pushed Stanford to the brink, losing to the Pac-12 power by just three points in overtime. So don't be surprised if this game is still undecided in the final minutes.

No. 11 UConn Huskies (4-2) vs. No. 10 Texas Longhorns (8-0)

Texas has a perfect chance to earn a statement win on Sunday, beating their first-ranked opponent of the 2023-24 campaign by taking down the UConn Huskies. If they accomplish that, it'll be because Taylor Jones and Rori Harmon go off.

For Jones, it wouldn't even be out of the ordinary. She scored 27 points while going a perfect 11-for-11 from the field against Oral Roberts. And while the Golden Eagles aren't the juggernaut the Huskies are, a perfect shooting night at such a high volume is rare, astounding feat to accomplish at this level.

Harmon has been the Longhorns' best guard all year and can be counted on to get buckets and protect the basketball. She'll also have her hands full on the defensive side, with UConn being so guard-heavy. But if anyone on this team can keep their cool under pressure, it's Harmon.

On the UConn side, it’s all about Paige Bueckers. She’s been spectacular to start the year, averaging 20.7 points, 5.0 rebounds and 2.7 assists per game. Now, the Huskies will be put to the test just as much as the Longhorns will be on Sunday. Not only will they be on the road, but they also have yet to beat a higher-ranked opponent, losing to No. 2 UCLA at the Cayman Islands Classic.

On paper, this game is the most balanced of the three matchups so it will be fascinating to see who comes out on top.

No. 16 Ohio State Buckeyes (5-1) vs. No. 20 Tennessee Lady Volunteers (4-3)

Tennessee is coming off a tough loss against Notre Dame, while Ohio State has won five-straight, with their only loss coming due to a JuJu Watkins masterclass in the season opener.

Both teams have nice guard and forward pairings, with Ohio State relying on Jacy Sheldon and Cotie McMahon and Tennessee (with Rickea Jackson’s status still uncertain due to injury and illness) going with Jewel Spear and Sara Puckett. The Lady Volunteers will have the slight edge as the home team. This will be the Buckeyes' first non-neutral site road game of the year.

Game information

No. 1 South Carolina Gamecocks (6-0) vs. Duke Blue Devils (5-2)

When: Sunday, Dec. 3 at 1 p.m. ET

Where: Cameron Indoor Stadium in Durham, NC

How to watch: ABC

No. 10 UCONN Huskies (4-2) vs. No. 10 Texas Longhorns (8-0)

When: Sunday, Dec. 3 at 3 p.m. ET

Where: Moody Center in Austin, TX

How to watch: ABC

No. 16 Ohio State Buckeyes (5-1) vs. No. 20 Tennessee Lady Volunteers (4-3)

When: Sunday, Dec. 3 at 5 p.m. ET

Where: Thompson-Boling Arena in Knoxville, TN

How to watch: ESPN