Big Ten, Big East begin Gavitt Tipoff Games

As first reported by AllHoosiers,com, the Big Ten and Big East will begin a series in 2015-16. Read more about it here.

The Big Ten and the Big East will begin a series called the Gavitt Tipoff Games during the 2015-16 season, as initially reported by AllHoosiers.com on Sunday afternoon.

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.

Over the course of the eight-year agreement, the Gavitt Tipoff Games will have 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.

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.

"Teams from both conferences already meet in some traditional rivalry games, and those matchups will continue during the 2014-15 season," according to a Big Ten press release.

"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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