Like every recent autumn, Big Ten basketball will have its hands full come the Gavitt Games in early November. Entering its third year, the annual series sees eight Big Ten teams face eight Big East foes.
According to a report by FanRag Sports’ Jon Rothstein on Saturday, the game’s dates have been set, and some of them have some historical significance when it comes to in-state rivalries.
Among them is Illinois vs. DePaul, which would be the first game between the two in-state schools since 1957. Though the Big Ten is yet to confirm the game schedules, Rothstein first reported the two would face off on Friday.
The Gavitt slate will also include five games featuring 2017 NCAA Tournament teams facing each other, highlighted by Wisconsin vs. Xavier. Two seasons ago, the Badgers knocked the Musketeers out of the 2016 NCAA Tournament on a buzzer-beating 3-pointer by Bronson Koenig.
Seton Hall, which also made the 2017 NCAA Tournament, will be a tough early test for new Indiana coach Archie Miller, while Nebraska will face St. John’s in a game between two schools which endured losing seasons in 2016-17.
The two conferences split the eight games in each of the first two years of the Gavitt Games.
2017 Gavitt Games reported schedule
Nov. 13 — Minnesota at Providence
Nov. 14 — Purdue at Marquette
Nov. 15 — Butler at Maryland, Creighton at Northwestern, Indiana at Seton Hall
Nov. 16 — Xavier at Wisconsin, Nebraska at St. John’s
Nov. 17 — DePaul at Illinois