Blue Demons Draw Penn State in Gavitt Tipoff Games
May 15, 2018

CHICAGO - 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.  DePaul will host Penn State on Thursday, Nov. 15 at Wintrust Arena.

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. Game times will be announced at a later date.  All games will be televised on FS1 or BTN.

DePaul and Penn State meet for the second time in Gavitt Games play as the two programs squared off in 2015 in the first edition of the conference series. The Nittany Lions held off the Blue Demons, 68-62, in University Park, Pa. Overall, the Blue Demons have won six of seven all-time meetings between the programs.

This year's Gavitt Games field includes Villanova, the reigning NCAA Champion, and Penn State, the 2018 NIT Champion. 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.

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.



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