Michigan to host Xavier in Gavitt Tipoff Games

Dylan Burkhardt

Michigan will host Xavier in the inaugural Gavitt Games on November 20th, 2015.

The Gavitt Tip Off Games will be help the first full week of the 2015-16 season, with two games each on Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday, and will match up Big East and Big Ten foes in a challenge structure similar to the Big Ten-ACC Challenge.

Xavier made the NCAA tournament in nine of the last ten seasons and made the Sweet 16 last year, where it lost to Arizona to cap off a 23-14 (9-9 Big East) season. The Musketeers feature former Michigan recruiting target Trevon Bluiett along with Michigan natives Jalen Reynolds and Edmond Sumner.

Big Ten home games, like Michigan’s, will be televised on either ESPN or the Big Ten Network. Fox Sports 1 will televise games at Big East sites. Big Ten programs will participate in the Gavitt Games in four of the next eight seasons.

Michigan is also expected to participate in the Battle 4 Atlantis, Big Ten-ACC Challenge (a likely road game) and travel to face SMU. A full rundown of Michigan’s future schedule can be found here.

Here’s the full listing of Gavitt Games matchups

Tuesday, Nov. 17

Georgetown at Maryland (BTN or an ESPN Network)

DePaul at Penn State (BTN or an ESPN Network)

Nebraska at Villanova (FS1)

Wednesday, Nov. 18

Illinois at Providence (FS1)

Thursday, Nov. 19

Creighton at Indiana (BTN or an ESPN Network)

Iowa at Marquette (FS1)

Rutgers at St. John’s (FS1)

Friday, Nov. 20

Xavier at Michigan (BTN or an ESPN Network)

  • UMHoopsFan

    Xavier, @SMU, B1G-ACC challenge, 3 Battle 4 Atlantis games — that’s 6 quality games, at least, including 4 or 5 road neutral games. Should be another good, challenging nonconference schedule.

  • EchoWhiskey

    Looking at that Big Ten-Big East slate, it’s odd that they obviously went for some regional matchups but skipped over PSU-Villanova and DePaul-Illinois. Maryland-Georgetown should be a fun one.

  • Corperryale

    I was kinda hoping for Georgetown or a rematch with Nova (make Brunson regret his decision) but Xavier’s cool, too.

    Please, for once, can we get UNC in the ACC challenge? This is the matchup I have been waiting 20+ years for.

  • Tyrell

    What is the reasoning for only playing 8 games/year instead of 10/year?

    • Probably to stay flexible for other scheduling agreements in the first week of the season (Champions Classic), games on boats, etc.