Report: IU to host Creighton in Gavitt Tipoff Games

  • 04/20/2015 10:38 am in

The Gavitt Tipoff Games, established last spring as an annual series of eight games that will be played each year between the Big Ten and the Big East, will include Indiana next season.

According to Jon Rothstein of CBS Sports, the Hoosiers will host Creighton next season at Assembly Hall in the Gavitt Tipoff Games.

Led by Greg McDermott, Creighton finished last season just 14-19, but recently added Kansas State transfer Marcus Foster, who will sit out next season, and also signed top 100 recruit Justin Patton, a power forward.

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.

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.

A list of other confirmed games for the 2015-2016 season is available on our future schedules page.

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  • twoturntables

    Don’t know that much about Creighton post Doug McDermott. Are they going to be a top 50 opponent? Should we just be happy we got a game?

  • Ole Man

    Be happy we got a game.

  • Kyl470

    Creighton might not be great, but it will be a tougher challenge than all the SWAC teams we have played in the past.

  • Shaggy_C

    Creighton was ranked #85 in the final Pomeroy rankings for 2014-15. That would have put them in the Michigan/Penn State/Illinois zone of the Big 10. They’re not a top 25 team, obviously, but they’re not bottom-dwellers. I think this should represent a good litmus test for the team at the start of the season.

  • Hoosier Pride

    I don’t see them being a top 50 opponent, maybe not even top 100-150. They are losing their top scorer and 5 seniors. They were 14-19 last year.

  • Gregory Spera

    The Bluejays were 4-14 in the Big East last season. Surprised we didn’t rate a better opponent in the first year of the event.

  • marcusgresham

    Creighton suddenly doesn’t look as formidable against Big East competition as it did against Missouri Valley teams (although the Valley is a pretty strong conference and the Big East isn’t quite what it used to be.)
    I would think it would be difficult to entice players to beautiful Omaha, Nebraska on a regular basis.

  • marcusgresham

    Hey, one of those SWAC teams beat eventual Final Four team Michigan State this year. lol

  • Blair McKee

    Big East is a top-echelon conference. The did have a No. 1 seed and six teams in the tournament. (Leaving out only four programs – one of which was a competitive but undermanned Creighton squad.) Creighton is the Butler of the Plains states and will recruit themselves a competitive team at some point soon. They are well-coached and will hang with IU for a while.

  • marcusgresham

    It appears to be somewhat random in the scheduling (other than Rutgers v. St. John’s, which is a bit of a local match-up—although Rutgers v. Seton Hall would be all-Jersey.)

    Here’s were the Big East ended up. First number is the Sagarin rating, second is KenPom.
    Villanova 6 6
    Butler 19 20
    Xavier 22 22
    Georgetown 25 24
    Providence 29 30
    St. John’s 45 49
    Seton Hall 73 107
    Creighton 85 85
    Marquette 87 110
    DePaul 131 167
    Indiana 38 53

  • SilentBob

    Anytime you play a big east team your in for a fight, but smh at some of these match ups. Vilanova vs Nebraska? Seriously?

  • hoosier93

    This goes along with SMU and a possible Kansas matchup? I like it.

  • hoosier93

    Well they did lose a lot of the team from the season before. Including Doug McBuckets.

  • Hardwood83

    I’m fine with Creighton coming to town. However, as SielntBob mentioned, the scheduling is curious at best. Lot’s of low hanging fruit here (IU vs Xavier, Rutgers- Seton Hall, Northwestern- DePaul, etc.) These match-up appear almost completely random so far, strange for a made for TV event.

  • hoosier93

    They also finished last in the Big East lay year. They sucked. Chance they are worse this year.

  • Hoosier Hall

    National player of the year…. Yeah that usually hurts pretty bad. Especially if he is one of the top 5 scorers in NCAA history.

  • Hoosier Hall

    And Louisville.

  • Hoosier Hall

    I would like to have drawn Xavier, Marquette, Providence or even Villanova instead of Creighton. They are still in the “Doug McDermott black hole rebuilding phase” which could take a couple more years. I think we get to play Georgetown again next season, right?

  • marcusgresham

    Some of the closest possibilities may have been overlooked because those teams already play with some regularity (IU-Butler, Creighton-Nebraska) some because they both suck (DePaul-Northwestern, I know Northwestern is on the upswing, but still, would you want to sit through that?) and I’d bet there are some that don’t want any part of it (Ohio St. maybe avoiding Xavier. I don’t know for sure but it could be similar to how Kentucky wouldn’t play Louisville for decades.) You never know what politics are involved.
    Still, Villanova-Nebraska? I bet Tim Miles didn’t request that.

  • marcusgresham

    I don’t know if I want to see IU-Marquette for a couple of years because I’ll just get too upset about how different things could have been if Luke Fischer would have stayed.

  • hoosier93

    That one should be alright too.

  • CreamandCrimson

    I was certainly hoping for this to be a Top 25/50 opponent since it’s a home game but…our schedule is shaping up very nicely. Creighton at home, Maui Invitational, Notre Dame at Bankers Life Fieldhouse, likely road game in the ACC Challenge and rumors of a series beginning against Louisville, avoid any 300+ RPI torpedoes and this will be a fitting schedule for a team we hope is battling for a top 4 seed.

  • hoosier93

    Maybe we’re just slowly building our way to scheduling like Kansas, Duke and Kentucky.

  • Rolljays

    with the addition of Ronnie Harrell (71 ESPN 100), Boston standout Mo Watson Jr, and Mr. Basketball in the state of Nebraska, Creightons most likely going to be in the mix and will beat iu

  • marcusgresham

    IU is adding a McDonald’s All-American, two other guys, and isn’t losing anyone…..and didn’t go 14-19 last year.

  • marcusgresham

    We do schedule like Kentucky—-we don’t play Indiana either.


    L O L !! A hundred points to you Mr. Gresham for that one.

    Mr. Gresham ? I think I just had a high school flashback. lol


    Thanks for coming in and giving us that interesting info that I’m pretty sure most of us were not aware of….and not being a pUKe like fan while doing it. Your kind of comment is always welcome here and I look forward to playing a team like Creighton.

  • Ryan-o

    Creighton looked MORE formidable against Big East competition than it did against Missouri Valley teams their first year in the BE. In fact they had one of their best seasons in program history in the Big East, not in the Valley.

    Creighton wasn’t doing well in the Valley without Doug McDermott, and they aren’t doing well in the BE without Doug McDermott.