Elise Kozal

REPORT: Illini basketball to host DePaul as part of Gavitt Tipoff Games

In-state teams Illinois and DePaul to play in men's basketball for first time in 60 years

The last time Illinois and DePaul played, Richard Nixon was in the White House -- as the vice president.

The 60-year cold war between the two in-state programs will end, however. The Illini and Blue Demons will play for the first time since 1957, according to a report from Jon Rothstein of FanRagSports.com

The Illini will host the Blue Demons on Nov. 17 at State Farm Center in Champaign as part of the Gavitt Tipoff Games, an annual eight-game series between the Big Ten and Big East which started in 2015. Illinois played at Providence as part of the series in 2015.


The two in-state teams haven't played since 1957 in Champaign, when the Illini beat the Blue Demos Illinois is 12-6 all-time against DePaul.

It will be one of the first few games coached by first-year Illini head coach Brad UnderwoodDePaul is entering the third year of the second stint under Dave Leitao. The Blue Demons have gone just 18-45 overall and 5-31 in the Big East during the last two seasons.

But DePaul has made a recruiting splash recently with new assistant coach Shane Heirman, the former La Lumiere Prep head coach, landing a commitment from 2018 top-50 point guard prospect Tyger Campbell. The Blue Demons also are in the running for five-star 2017 wing Bruce Bowen.

Rothstein reported all the Gavitt Tipoff Games matchups.

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