Gavitt Games Pairings Announced

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Gavitt Games Pairings Announced

In 2017-18, the NCAA basketball world was treated to a national championship game that featured teams from the Big Ten (Michigan) and the Big East (Villanova). Game times will be announced at a later date.

All eight Gavitt Tipoff Games are televised nationally on either FS1 or BTN.

The Gavitt Tipoff Games are an annual early-season series played between the two conferences and named in honor of Dave Gavitt, founder of the Big East and basketball visionary.

The other games will feature Georgetown at IL on the 13th, MI at Villanova ( a rematch of the national title game) & Seton Hall at Nebraska on the 14th, Penn State at DePaul & Ohio State at Creighton on the 15th and St. Johns at Rutgers on the 16th. However, the Big Ten has a similar problem with the exclusions of schools such as Michigan State and Maryland, both of whom should be top-25 teams. The three NIT squads are Marquette, Nebraska and Penn State.

Villanova and MI, the schools that battled for the national championship in San Antonio, Texas, will meet again on Wednesday, Nov. 14, at Villanova.

The 2018 matchup with Seton Hall will mark the first time in three appearances that Nebraska has hosted a Gavitt Tip-off Games matchup. Wisconsin and Xavier met in last year's Gavitt Games when the Musketeers defeated the Badgers on the road.

Ohio State will play at Creighton and Penn State will face DePaul in Chicago on November 15, while the final game will see St. John's play at Rutgers on November 16. The Huskers lost 87-63 at Villanova in 2015, and 79-56 at St. John's last season.

Scheduled through 2022, the Gavitt Tipoff Games will be played on consecutive days early in the college basketball season.

As part of the series, Ohio State and the other teams in the Big Ten will participate at least four times in an eight-year period.

Since Villanova (Big East) and Michigan (Big Ten) happen to play in each of these conferences, this announcement nearly seemed too good to be true for college basketball fans, no matter which team they happen to root for.

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