Gavitt Classic and Big Ten/ACC Challenge should whet fans’ appetite for many interesting games before and after the always hectic Thanksgiving holiday weekend
This past Tuesday (September 12), the Big Ten and Big East Conferences announced their television schedules for the third annual Dave Gavitt Classic, named in honor of the founder of the Big East.
All times are Eastern time for Fox Sports 1 and the Big Ten Newtwork:
Monday, Nov. 13
Minnesota at Providence: FS1, 6:30 p.m.
Tuesday, Nov. 14
Purdue at Marquette: FS1, 8:30 p.m.
Wednesday, Nov. 15
Indiana at Seton Hall: FS1, 6:30 p.m.
Butler at Maryland: FS1, 8:30 p.m.
Creighton at Northwestern: BTN, 9 p.m.
Thursday, Nov. 16
Nebraska at St. John’s: FS1, 6:30 p.m.
Xavier at Wisconsin: FS1, 8:30 p.m.
Friday, Nov. 17
DePaul at Illinois: BTN, 8:30 p.m.
Also, both conferences mentioned other tip times for other key non-conference games, as listed below:
Saturday, Dec. 9
Nebraska at Creighton: FS1, Noon or 2:30 p.m.
Saturday, Dec. 16
Purdue vs. Butler (Crossroads Classic, Indianapolis, Ind.): FOX, Noon
Northwestern at DePaul: FS1, 2 p.m.
Indiana vs. Notre Dame (Crossroads Classic, Indianapolis, Ind.): FOX, 2:30 p.m.
Saturday, Dec. 30
Brown at Northwestern (at Allstate Arena, Rosemont, Ill.): FS1, Noon
On Monday, ESPN announced their slate of games for the 19th Annual Big Ten/ACC Challenge:
Monday, Nov. 27
Maryland at Syracuse: ESPN2, 7p.m. ET
Wisconsin at Virginia: ESPN2, 9 p.m. ET
Tuesday, Nov. 28
Northwestern at Georgia Tech: ESPN2, 7 p.m. ET
Florida State at Rutgers: ESPNU, 7 p.m. ET
Louisville at Purdue: ESPN, 8 p.m. ET
Iowa at Virginia Tech: ESPN2, 9 p.m. ET
Illinois at Wake Forest: ESPNU, 9 p.m. ET
Wednesday, Nov. 29
Clemson at Ohio State: ESPN2, 7:15 p.m. ET
Penn State at NC State: ESPNU, 7:15 p.m. ET
Michigan at North Carolina: ESPN, 7:30 p.m. ET
Miami at Minnesota: ESPN2, 9:15 p.m. ET
Boston College at Nebraska: ESPNU, 9:15 p.m. ET
Duke at Indiana: ESPN, 9:30 p.m. ET
Thursday, Nov. 30
Notre Dame at Michigan State: ESPN, 7 p.m. ET
The games I highlighted in bold are a few of the top early season games to watch (consider yourselves warned before my annual Season Preview hits your inboxes during the last week of October).
And this does not even count the first Big Ten games to be carried on longtime rights holder CBS Sports (Saturday, December 2 with Indiana visiting Michigan) and newcomers on the block in Fox Sports (later that same day as Ohio State plays at Wisconsin).