Published: Wed, May 16, 2018
Sports | By Brooke Harris

Villanova Wildcats hosting Michigan Wolverines in 2018 Gavitt Games is exciting

Villanova Wildcats hosting Michigan Wolverines in 2018 Gavitt Games is exciting

Television coverage of the Gavitt Tipoff Games will be provided by either FS1 or BTN.

The Illinois men's basketball team will host Georgetown in the Gavitt Tipoff Games.

Villanova and MI are expected to meet in the Gavitt Games in November in a rematch of the national title game won 79-62 by the Wildcats last month.

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The Gavitt Tipoff Games feature four home contests each for Big East and Big Ten institutions on an annual basis from through 2022.

Among the 16 participating schools, six played in the 2018 NCAA Tournament (Creighton, Michigan, Ohio State, Seton Hall, Villanova and Xavier) and three played in the NIT (eventual champion Penn State, Marquette and Nebraska).

Among the 16 participating schools, six played in the NCAA Tournament previous year and three played in the NIT. Those nine won at least 20 games last season. The Badgers will travel to Cincinnati to face Xavier on November 13th.

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For just the second time, Ohio State basketball is set to take part in the Gavitt Games.

Since Villanova (Big East) and Michigan (Big Ten) happen to play in each of these conferences, this announcement nearly seemed too good to be true for college basketball fans, no matter which team they happen to root for. The Huskers lost 87-63 at Villanova in 2015, and 79-56 at St. John's last season. Each edition consists of eight games with a couple of teams from both conferences sitting out. Gavitt had a profound and lasting influence on the sport of basketball on the collegiate, professional and Olympic levels and was inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame in 2006.

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