Blue Demons Draw Penn State in Gavitt Tipoff Games

  • Blue Demons Draw Penn State in Gavitt Tipoff Games

Blue Demons Draw Penn State in Gavitt Tipoff Games

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.

If this does end up being the case, that rematch in the 2018 Gavitt Games will be exciting for Villanova and MI since both teams will be looking to make early statements about being serious contenders.

The Penn State men's basketball team returns to the Gavitt Tipoff Games schedule and will play DePaul on Thursday, Nov. 15 at Wintrust Arena in Chicago.

Dates and tipoff times for each matchup will be announced at a later time.

Other matchups on the Gavitt Tipoff Games schedule include a national title game rematch between MI and Villanova on November 14 in Philadelphia along with Seton Hall playing at Nebraska and Marquette at in that day.

Broadcast assignments for each matchup will be determined by the conference of the home team, which means IN and Marquette will likely play on BTN.

As a team, Marquette finished fourth in the Big East in scoring at 81.2 points per game.

Other confirmed non-conference games for IN next season include a December 8 game IN Bloomington against Louisville and a December 15 matchup against Butler IN the Crossroads Classic at Bankers Life Fieldhouse.

Watching Villanova pull off the epic run they did during last year's tournament by winning each game by double-digits, including the championship game against MI.

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

DePaul holds a 6-1 advantage in a series dating back to 1938 with Penn State winning the most recent meeting in 2015.

The Gavitt Tipoff Games schedule begins on Tuesday, Nov. 13, with Georgetown playing at IL and Wisconsin traveling to Xavier. He was inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame in 2006.

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. Teams from both conferences already meet in some traditional rivalry games, and those matchups will continue in the upcoming seasons.