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Schedule Update: Georgetown to Face Illinois in Gavitt Games

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Georgetown will play at Illinois on Tuesday, November 13th in the 2018 Gavitt Tipoff Games, multiple sources relay to THE GLOBAL PHENOMENON.

This will be the 4th year for the Gavitt Tipoff Games, named in honor of the Dave Gavitt, former athletic director at Providence College and the first commissioner of the Big East Conference. The games feature teams from the Big East the Big Ten.

The Hoyas are 0-2 in the Gavitt Games so far, with both losses against Maryland. Georgetown did not play in the Gavitt Games last season.

The Fighting Illini are coming off of a 14-18 (4-14) season under coach Brad Underwood. Leading scorer forward Leron Black left the school after last season to pursue a pro career, and, like the Hoyas, the Illini roster features a young nucleus of recruits.

While this game isn’t a headline-grabber, it does provide the Hoyas with an opportunity to grab a true road win against a Power 5 opponent.

Other games below:

In addition to the Gavitt Games, we know Georgetown will play at Syracuse, will host Richmond, and remains in the mix for the Jamaica Classic, which should reveal its full field in the upcoming weeks.

Press Release from Georgetown:

WASHINGTON – The Georgetown University’s men’s basketball team will play at Illinois on Tuesday, November 13 as part of the fourth annual Gavitt Tipoff Games, as announced by the BIG EAST and Big Ten Conferences today. Game times will be announced at a later date and games will be televised on FS1 or BTN.

This will be the sixth time the Hoyas and Fighting Illini meet. The two teams last met in Champaign, Illinois in the 2005-06 season, with Illinois winning 58-48. Illinois leads the series 4-1.

The Gavitt Tipoff Games is a unique early-season series played between the two conferences and named in honor of Hall of Famer Dave Gavitt, founder of the BIG EAST Conference and basketball visionary.

“Georgetown is proud to be a part of the Gavitt Tipoff games,” said Head Coach Patrick Ewing. “Mr. Gavitt was a great man who helped make the BIG EAST what it is today.”

The 2018 Gavitt Tipoff Games schedule

Tuesday, Nov. 13

Georgetown at Illinois

Wisconsin at Xavier

Wednesday, Nov. 14

Michigan at Villanova

Seton Hall at Nebraska

Marquette at Indiana

Thursday, Nov. 15

Ohio State at Creighton

Penn State at DePaul

Friday, Nov. 16

St. John’s at Rutgers

Scheduled through 2022, the Gavitt Tipoff Games will be played on consecutive days early in the college basketball season. 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.