Inaugural Gavitt Tip-Off Games slate has some appetizing matchups

First ever Big Ten-Big East Challenge will feature a pair of old rivals getting back together

Fans were screaming, alumni were pleading, sports bloggers were complaining for so many years.

Well, your voice has finally been heard!

Named after the late former architect of the Big East Conference in Dave Gavitt, there will be plenty of excellent made-for-TV matchups.  The contract for this series of games lasts for eight seasons.

Of course, we will know the precise nights and times later on in the year (presuming it will be a combination of Fox Sports 1 and the various ESPN channels providing full blanket coverage) featuring these matchups:

  • Georgetown at Maryland.  In 2016-17, Maryland will travel to the Verizon Center and take on the Hoyas.  Beyond that, we don’t know.  This will be the first meeting between the schools that are located eleven (11) miles apart since the 2008 Old Spice Classic.
  • Nebraska at Villanova
  • Xavier at Michigan
  • Creighton at Indiana
  • Illinois at Providence
  • Iowa at Marquette
  • Penn State at DePaul
  • St. John’s vs. Rutgers at Madison Square Garden, New York
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