Gophers Basketball Headed To Providence For Gavitt Games

Angie Massey
May 25, 2017

Last year, the Gophers hosted St. John's of NY and earned a 92-86 victory. All Gavitt Tipoff Games will be televised by Fox Sports 1 or Big Ten Network.

Game times will be announced at a later date.

The Gavitt Tipoff Games is an annual early-season series played between the two conferences and named in honor of Dave Gavitt, founder of the BIG EAST and basketball visionary.

Pitino is no stranger to the Friars as a coach, having faced them four times while an assistant at Louisville from 2007-09 and 2011-12 when both schools were members of the BIG EAST. Pitino was also an assistant coach on the 2005-06 Northeastern squad that faced the Friars in Providence.

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Pitino is a graduate of Providence. NU also returns Evan Taylor, who started 21 games last season, and Jordy Tshimanga, who made nine Big Ten starts as a freshman in 2016-17.

The Musketeers and Badgers will play for the first time since their memorable meeting in the 2016 NCAA Tournament. After playing a home game in the Big-Ten ACC Challenge last season, IU will likely play a road game in the Big-Ten ACC Challenge.

In other match-ups, Purdue faces Marquette, Maryland hosts Butler, Northwestern hosts Creighton, Indiana heads to Seton Hall, St. John's hosts Nebraska, Wisconsin hosts Xavier and Illinoi hosts DePaul. In the non-conference season, IU will play three ACC Teams. Big East teams will participate a minimum of six times in the eight-year series. He was inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame in 2006. Big Ten teams will play a minimum of four times total in the event, which is now scheduled to run through 2022.

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