Men's Basketball to Face Iowa in Gavitt Tipoff Games

Marquette's all-time series with Iowa dates back to 1924.
April 22, 2015

-release courtesy of the BIG EAST Conference-

NEW YORK -- The BIG EAST and Big Ten Conferences today announced the matchups for the inaugural Gavitt Tipoff Games, with eight men's basketball games set to air on FOX Sports 1, BTN, or an ESPN Network from Nov. 17-20, 2015. Marquette will face Iowa on Thursday, Nov. 19 at the BMO Harris Bradley Center in Milwaukee.

The all-time series between Marquette and Iowa dates back to 1924 and the Hawkeyes have won 10 of the 17 meetings. The two squads first met in 1924 and also matched up in the 1955 Elite Eight in MU's first trip to the NCAA tournament. The last meeting was a 87-66 Iowa victory on Dec. 8, 1982 in Iowa City and 12 of the meetings came between 1924 and 1939.

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. The BIG EAST home games will be telecast on FOX Sports 1, while Big Ten home games will air on BTN or an ESPN Network.

"Our family is excited about the Big Ten and BIG EAST launching this new series, which honors the memory of Dave Gavitt and his passion for college basketball," said Dan Gavitt, NCAA Vice President of Men's Basketball Championships. "He would be most pleased that the student-athletes, coaches and supporters of these historic college basketball programs can look forward to annual competition at the highest level to help open the college season with a bang. We are thankful to the two great conferences for recognizing the Gavitt legacy with the intra-conference games featuring new and old rivalries and intriguing match-ups."

The annual series will feature renewed battles between local foes and attractive intersectional matchups. Eight teams in the inaugural event advanced to the NCAA Tournament and won at least 20 games last season.

Below is the complete schedule for the 2015 Gavitt Tipoff Games. Start times and specific television assignments will be announced at a later date.



Tuesday, Nov. 17
Georgetown at Maryland
First meeting since 2008-09

DePaul at Penn State
First meeting since 1984-85

Nebraska at Villanova
First meeting since 1998-99

Wednesday, Nov. 18
Illinois at Providence
First meeting since 2003-04

Thursday, Nov. 19
Creighton at Indiana
First meeting since 1974-75

Iowa at Marquette
First meeting since 1982-83

Rutgers at St. John's
First meeting since 2012-13

Friday, Nov. 20
Xavier at Michigan
First meeting since 1988-89

Beginning in 2015 and scheduled through 2022, the Gavitt Tipoff Games will be played on four consecutive days in the first full week of the college basketball campaign. The series will span eight years, with games played at home sites. Each BIG EAST team will participate a minimum of six times, while Big Ten programs will take part a minimum of four times. Teams from both conferences already meet in some traditional rivalry games, and those matchups will continue in the upcoming seasons.

The unique series between the two conferences is named to honor the late Gavitt, who had a profound and lasting influence on the sport of basketball on the collegiate, professional and Olympic levels. He was inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame in 2006.


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