The Big Ten and Big East officially announced the establishment of the Gavitt Tipoff Games, an annual early-season series of eight men’s basketball games played between the two conferences, on Monday morning. The event tips off in 2015, and is scheduled to go through 2022. Learn more about the new series in this post.
What it is: An annual early-season series of eight men’s basketball games between the Big Ten and Big East.
The name: The event is named after Dave Gavitt, the late Big East commissioner and Basketball Hall of Famer.
Years to be played: 2015-2022.
When it will be played: The first full week of every season, with two games apiece on Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday.
Where it will be played: The home courts of the four Big Ten teams and four Big East teams competing each year.
Scheduling process: The conferences will announce the pairings in late spring of each year.
How to watch it: BTN or ESPN (Big Ten home games); FOX Sports 1 (Big East home games).
Team breakdown: Big Ten teams will participate a minimum of four times, while Big East teams will play at least six times.
Meet the Big East: The conference, which just finished its first season as the “new” Big East, includes 10 teams: Butler, Creighton, DePaul, Georgetown, Marquette, Providence, Seton Hall, St. John’s, Villanova, Xavier.
What they’re saying about it: “We are excited to honor Dave Gavitt and his contributions to the sport of basketball through the establishment of the Gavitt Tipoff Games. Dave was a friend and a mentor to me and often mentioned that college basketball should do a better job of tipping off the season, similar to opening day in baseball. I think he would approve of our effort to start a new tipoff tradition, grow the game and serve the best interests of the student-athletes and coaches in these two great conferences.” – Jim Delany