Big Ten-Big East announce basketball series

Conferences to match up early in each season from 2015-22 in Gavitt Tipoff Games.

The Big Ten's spread east consisted of adding Maryland and Rutgers and opening an office in New York, but now it will add some games against the Big East in 2015.

The conferences announced the Gavitt Tipoff Games, which will feature eight annual games starting in 2015 and going through 2022 played on campuses.

The event is named in honor of Dave Gavitt, founder of the Big East and will take place in the first week of the season. Two games will be played on Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday with four contests at home for each conference.

"We are excited to honor Dave Gavitt and his contributions to the sport of basketball through the establishment of the Gavitt Tipoff Games," Big Ten commissioner Jim Delaney said.

Each Big Ten team will participate a minimum of four times, while each Big East team will participate at least six times.

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