Big Ten, Big East launch Gavitt Tipoff Games

Two of the most prestigious conferences in the nation, the Big East and the Big Ten, have announced the establishment of the Gavitt Tipoff Games, an annual early-season series of eight men’s basketball games played between the two conferences and named in honor of Dave Gavitt, founder of the Big East and basketball visionary.

The Gavitt Tipoff Games will be played on four consecutive days in the first full week of the college basketball season. The series begins at the start of the 2015-16 season and will span eight years, with games played at home sites.

The series will feature four home contests each for Big East and Big Ten schools on an annual basis from 2015 through 2022. Two games will be played on Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday in the first full week of each season. Each Big East team will participate a minimum of six times over the eight years, while Big Ten programs will participate a minimum of four times.

Television coverage of the Gavitt Tipoff Games will be controlled by the conference of the home team. Big East home games will be telecast by FOX Sports 1, while Big Ten home matchups will appear on BTN or ESPN.

Teams from both conferences already meet in some traditional rivalry games, and those matchups will continue during the 2014-15 season.

The full schedule of eight games will be announced in late spring of each year.

The new annual series will be officially introduced in a news conference Monday at Madison Square Garden in New York.

For full coverage of the news conference and individual interviews, tune into #BTNLive at 6 p.m. ET Monday on the Big Ten Network.


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Richard Barnes on 5/5/2014 @ 1:32am EDT Said:

I like this. This will aid in recruitment of eastern players as well as provide some great match ups.

Mary Wright on 5/5/2014 @ 2:11pm EDT Said:

I think this is BRILLIANT!!!
I can’t wait to have some Big Ten teams at Georgetown.
I also agree with the above post by Richard Barnes.
Good news!

ryan eaton on 5/5/2014 @ 5:28pm EDT Said:

anything that helps in recruiting is a good thing. I think this will especially help Maryland and Rutgers as they come into the league if you have not seen the ESPN 30 for 30 presentation called Requiem for the Big East, I encourage you to watch it. Google it, or find it on Yioutube. without dave’s dream this sport would not be what it is today.. I love how the big ten is not afraid to play anyone, anywhere, anytime, no matter what the sport. that’s why this is the best conference in the nation.

rjbailey on 5/5/2014 @ 8:10pm EDT Said:

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