Big Ten, Big East establish Gavitt Tipoff Games

  • 05/05/2014 11:48 am in

The Big Ten and the Big East have announced the Gavitt Tipoff Games, an annual series of eight games that will be played between the two conferences.

The event is named in honor of the late Dave Gavitt, the founder of the Big East and a 2006 inductee into the Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame.

Each season from 2015 to 2022, the Gavitt Tipoff Games will showcase four home games for each Big Ten and Big East school on Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday during the college basketball season’s first full week.

Over the course of the eight year agreement, each Big Ten team will play in the event a minimum of four times and each Big East team will play a minimum of six times.

The matchups for the first Gavitt Tipoff Games will be announced in the spring of 2015.

Broadcast assignments for each matchup will be determined by the conference of the home team with Big East home games being televised by FOX Sports 1 and Big Ten home games appearing on ESPN or BTN.

According to the Big Ten’s press release, “teams from both conferences already meet in some traditional rivalry games, and those matchups will continue during the 2014-15 season.”

“I think you can count the people on one hand who have had as much influence on college basketball as Dave Gavitt,” Indiana coach Tom Crean said. “This is a fitting way to recognize an individual who left an indelible impression on basketball and bring two great conferences like the Big Ten and Big East together to create a one of a kind event to start the college basketball season.  We are excited to take part in this.”

“We are excited to honor Dave Gavitt and his contributions to the sport of basketball through the establishment of the Gavitt Tipoff Games,” said Big Ten Commissioner James E. Delany in a release. “Dave was a friend and a mentor to me and often mentioned that college basketball should do a better job of tipping off the season, similar to opening day in baseball. I think he would approve of our effort to start a new tipoff tradition, grow the game and serve the best interests of the student-athletes and coaches in these two great conferences.”

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  • How will the teams be prepared if they don’t play two weeks of cupcake games first?

  • Gregory Spera

    Great. The stronger the non-con schedule the better, IMHO. It will be interesting to see how they rotate the games considering the Big East currently has ten teams and the B1G has fourteen. According to the article some B1G teams might just be playing every other year.

  • Hoosier Hall

    The new Big East garnered a lot of negative buzz from casual fans this past year but in all reality, it is a good conference. Villanova, Creighton, Marquette, Georgetown, Xavier, Providence…. these are no-slouch teams.

  • CreamandCrimson

    “Over the course of the eight year agreement, each Big Ten team will play
    in the event a minimum of four times and reach Big East team will play a
    minimum of six times.”

    I would guess the marquee Big Ten teams (not sure if we still qualify as that or not…sigh) would play 5 or 6 times but at minimum, we’ll be getting 4 games out of this over the 8-year agreement. Something to keep an eye on, the Crossroads Classic contract expires in 2016 and there are rumblings that IU won’t be renewing. I know they put these matchups together based on projected strength of each team but if the Hoosiers or Boilers weren’t scheduled to play Butler, wouldn’t Fox Sports love to show an in-state rivalry game from Hinkle Fieldhouse?

  • Banner#6

    Where are these games being played? On campus?

  • CreamandCrimson

    “Each season from 2015 to 2022, the Gavitt Tipoff Games will showcase
    four home games for each Big Ten and Big East school on Tuesday,
    Wednesday, Thursday and Friday during the college basketball season’s
    first full week.”

    Four games on Big Ten campuses (broadcast by either ESPN or BTN), four games on Big East campuses (broadcast by Fox Sports 1).

  • marcusgresham

    Seton Hall and DePaul would probably be the two dregs of the bunch (despite the fact that Butler was next-to-last in the conference this season,) and Seton Hall isn’t horrible.

  • bill

    “I would guess the marquee Big Ten teams (not sure if we still qualify as that or not…sigh) would play 5 or 6 times but at minimum, we’ll be getting 4 games out of this over the 8-year agreement.”

    Looking at this from a money prospective (Lets be honest, this is all just another way to bring in TV money) IU would be a bigger draw in terms of audience in a down year than the majority of the B1G and for that reason alone it will get them 5 or 6 games. But for the sake of God, and Crean’s job, lets hope we are back to being a marquee team again for the duration of this series.

  • bill

    Agreed, St. John’s as well. However I don’t see Creighton competing much now that Dougie Mcbuckets is gone.

  • JJ

    So then what about the Crossroads Classic? No more IU / Butler?

  • Hoosier Hall

    Creighton has had some good teams in the past but yeah, they’ll definitely have a rebuilding year (or a few).

  • Hoosier Hall

    Isn’t Whitehead going to Seton Hall?

  • MillaRed

    You know these administrators are just dying to pair us with Marquette.

  • Kyl470

    Guess you have to finish your dinner now and you don’t get to start with your dessert.

  • aHoopandaPrayer

    I wonder if this will impact the ACC/B1G challenge. I recall that the ACC commish was very disappointed with the departure of Maryland. Hope we didn’t just trade down. Big East is good but we need an ACC, P12, SEC, Big 12 opponent for Strength-of-Schedule.

  • N71

    …and his high school coach.

  • IUMIKE1

    Oh, now Milla, you know that has never entered their mind…..wink, wink.

    If one believes it hasn’t ever entered their minds, then keep watching cause a bunch of monkeys and pigs are getting ready to fly out of my butt.

  • hgdownunder

    That depends who the head coach is.

  • For the Glory

    This, the crossroads classic, a non-exempt tourney, acc challenge, and a consistent top 25 opponent as a home and home is the recipe for a great out of conference schedule

  • Jack Bowers

    Marketing branding to associate Big Ten with “East” NY area. Even though “Big East” is different.