Wisconsin basketball to play Xavier in 2018 Gavitt Games

After a challenging start the 2001-02 Hoosiers would go on a special run

The BIG EAST and Big Ten Conferences have announced the matchups for the fourth annual Gavitt Tipoff Games, with eight men's basketball contests set for November 13-16, 2018. Game times will be announced at a later date. IL did not participate in the 2016-17 season, with Big Ten teams playing a minimum of four times in the eight-year series that runs through 2022. All games will be televised on FS1 or BTN.

For the college basketball fans unaware, the Gavitt Games is a series between the Big Ten Conference and Big East Conference to start off a new college basketball season, which kind of worked out ideal for the NCAA. The Nittany Lions have not been apart of the annual series since.

If this does end up being the case, that rematch in the 2018 Gavitt Games will be exciting for Villanova and MI since both teams will be looking to make early statements about being serious contenders. It will be the third meeting between the two teams in four years. Nebraska and Seton Hall have never met in men's basketball.

The Gavitt Tipoff Games schedule begins on Tuesday, Nov. 13, with Georgetown playing at IL and Wisconsin traveling to Xavier.

Xavier beat the Badgers, 80-70, in the 2017 Gavitt Games in Madison.

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Scheduled through 2022, the Gavitt Tipoff Games will be played on consecutive days early in the college basketball season.

The unique series between the two conferences was named to honor the late Dave Gavitt, the founder of the Big East Conference and basketball visionary. He was inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame in 2006.

Penn State returns three starters and eight of its top 11 players for the 2018-19 season, including rising junior forward Lamar Stevens, the 2018 NIT Most Outstanding Player, senior guard Josh Reaves and junior forward Mike Watkins, who were members of the Big Ten All-Defensive Team.

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