Inaugural Gavitt Tipoff Games starts Tuesday night

Jeffrey Becker-USA TODAY Sports

Inaugural Gavitt Tipoff Games starts Tuesday night

The inaugural Gavitt Tipoff Games opens at 5 p.m. ET Tuesday, with Penn State hosting DePaul in the first of eight games across four nights.

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The event, which pits the Big Ten vs. the BIG EAST and will span eight years, honors the late Dave Gavitt, a Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Famer who had a profound and lasting influence on the sport of basketball on the collegiate, professional and Olympic levels.

A little more background on the new event: Each BIG EAST team will participate a minimum of six times, while every Big Ten program will play at least four times.

See the full 2015 Gavitt Tipoff Games slate below:

TUESDAY
DePaul at Penn State – 5 p.m. ET, ESPN-U (First meeting since 1984-85 season)
Nebraska at No. 11 Villanova – 8:30 p.m. ET, FS1 (First meeting since 1998-99 season)
Georgetown at No. 3 Maryland – 9 p.m. ET, ESPN2 (First meeting since 2008-09 season)

WEDNESDAY
Illinois at Providence – 7 p.m. ET, FS1 (First meeting since 2003-04 season)

THURSDAY
Creighton at No. 14 Indiana – 7 p.m. ET, BTN/BTN2Go (First meeting since 1974-75 season)
Rutgers at St. John’s – 7 p.m. ET, FS1 (First meeting since 2012-13 season)
Iowa at Marquette – 9 p.m. ET, FS1 (First meeting since 1982-83 season)

FRIDAY
Xavier at No. 24 Michigan – 9 p.m. ET, BTN/BTN2Go (First meeting since 1988-89 season)

The headliners? Those are the ones in primetime, for the most part, but Georgetown at No. 3 Maryland on Tuesday night figures to be tough to top. Other ones to keep an eye on will be Creighton at No. 14 Indiana (BTN) and Iowa at Marquette (FS1), both on Thursday, and Xavier at No. 24 Michigan (BTN) on Friday.

Brent Yarina, BTN.com Senior Editor

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