Friday, 14 December, 2018

BIG EAST and Big Ten Announce Matchups for Gavitt Tipoff Games

Ohio State and coach Chris Holtmann will play at Creighton this season as part of the Gavitt Games Ohio State and coach Chris Holtmann will play at Creighton this season as part of the Gavitt Games
Sidney Guerrero | 16 May, 2018, 18:07

Game times will be announced later.

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

The two finalists in the 2018 NCAA championship game, an April 2 matchup won by the Wildcats, will meet again on November 14 in the Gavitt Games, an annual series of eight contests that pairs teams from the Big East and the Big Ten conferences.

For the college basketball fans unaware, the Gavitt Games is a series between the Big Ten Conference and Big East Conference to start off a new college basketball season, which kind of worked out ideal for the NCAA.

The headliner is the rematch of Villanova's 79-62 NCAA championship game victory over MI. Since its debut in 2015-16, there have been three ties in as many years. 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. Those nine won at least 20 games last season.

Everton sack Sam Allardyce as manager
Allardyce stabilised the club and helped them finish the campaign in a respectable eighth position. Former Watford and Hull City manager Marco Silva is the favourite to replace Allardyce.

For just the second time, Ohio State basketball is set to take part in the Gavitt Games.

Nebraska will host the Pirates on Wednesday, Nov. 14, at Pinnacle Bank Arena.

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

Played in honor of David Gavitt, the first commissioner of the Big East, this event is entering its fourth season.

This will be the third time the Illini have been a featured team in the Gavitt Games, they beat DePaul a year ago and lost at Providence in 2015. Gavitt passed away in 2011 and was named to the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame in 2006.

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