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Villanova, Michigan to meet in November in national championship rematch

16 May 2018

The Penn State men's basketball team returns to the Gavitt Tipoff Games schedule and will play DePaul on Thursday, Nov. 15 at Wintrust Arena in Chicago.

The slate of games between Big Ten and Big East opponents was announced Tuesday. Television coverage of the Gavitt Tipoff Games will be provided by either FS1 or BTN.

The headliner is the rematch of Villanova's 79-62 NCAA championship game victory over MI.

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In 2017-18, the NCAA basketball world was treated to a national championship game that featured teams from the Big Ten (Michigan) and the Big East (Villanova). The NCAA Tournament teams are: Creighton, Michigan, Ohio State, Seton Hall, Villanova and Xavier.

The 2018 matchup with Seton Hall will mark the first time in three appearances that Nebraska has hosted a Gavitt Tip-off Games matchup. Those nine won at least 20 games last season. The Wolverines last played in the Gavitt Games in 2015, losing to Xavier.

The 2018 game will be the first home contest for Nebraska in the series.

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For just the second time, Ohio State basketball is set to take part in the Gavitt Games. Rutgers will host St. John's on November 16. Teams from both conferences already meet in some traditional rivalry games, and those matchups will continue in the upcoming seasons. 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.

The distinctive series between the two conferences is named to honor the late Gavitt, who had a profound and lasting influence on the sport of basketball at the collegiate, professional and Olympic levels.

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Villanova, Michigan to meet in November in national championship rematch