NEW YORK – (Staff Report from Official News Release) – It’s a return to the Alamo, but the venue will be in Villanova, Pennsylvania.
The BIG EAST and Big Ten Conferences have announced the matchups for the fourth annual Gavitt Tipoff Games, with eight men’s basketball contests set for Nov. 13-16, 2018. Game times will be announced at a later date. All games will be televised on FS1 or BTN.
The Gavitt Tipoff Games is a unique early-season series played between the two conferences and named in honor of Hall of Famer Dave Gavitt, founder of the BIG EAST and basketball visionary. The annual series, which is played on campus home courts, features games between local opponents and competitive intersectional matchups.
This year’s Gavitt Games field includes Villanova, the reigning NCAA Champion, and Penn State, the 2018 NIT Champion. Among the 16 participating schools, six played in the NCAA Tournament last year and three played in the NIT. The NCAA Tournament teams are: Creighton, Michigan, Ohio State, Seton Hall, Villanova and Xavier. The three NIT squads are Marquette, Nebraska and Penn State. These nine teams won at least 20 games last year.
Villanova and Michigan, the schools that battled for the national championship in San Antonio, Texas, will meet again on Wednesday, Nov. 14, at Villanova. In two additional Wednesday contests, Seton Hall travels to Nebraska and Marquette plays at Indiana.
The Gavitt Tipoff Games schedule begins on Tuesday, Nov. 13, with Georgetown playing at Illinois and Wisconsin traveling to Xavier. Wisconsin and Xavier met in last year’s Gavitt Games when the Musketeers defeated the Badgers on the road.
The slate for Thursday, Nov. 15, includes Ohio State at Creighton, a matchup of NCAA Tournament squads, and NIT champion Penn State at DePaul.
The Gavitt Tipoff Games concludes with St. John’s playing at Rutgers on Friday, Nov. 16.
The 2018 Gavitt Tipoff Games schedule
Tuesday, Nov. 13
- Georgetown at Illinois
- Wisconsin at Xavier
Wednesday, Nov. 14
- Michigan at Villanova
- Seton Hall at Nebraska
- Marquette at Indiana
Thursday, Nov. 15
- Ohio State at Creighton
- Penn State at DePaul
Friday, Nov. 16
- St. John’s at Rutgers
Scheduled through 2022, the Gavitt Tipoff Games will be played on consecutive days early in the college basketball season. The series will span eight years, with games played at home sites. Each BIG EAST team will participate a minimum of six times, while Big Ten programs will take part a minimum of four times. Teams from both conferences already meet in some traditional rivalry games, and those matchups will continue in the upcoming seasons.
The distinctive series between the two conferences is named to honor the late Gavitt, who had a profound and lasting influence on the sport of basketball at the collegiate, professional and Olympic levels. He was inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame in 2006.