The matchup pairings for this year's Big East vs Big Ten Gavitt Tipoff Games were released Wednesday night: Wisconsin at Creighton, Villanova at Purdue, Northwestern at Butler, Maryland at Georgetown, St. John's at Minnesota, Rutgers at DePaul, Providence at Ohio State, and Seton Hall at Iowa.
The following is a quote from Xavier Athletic Director Greg Christopher on the Musketeers being left out of this year's Gavitt Games:
"We are disappointed not to be a part of the Gavitt Games this season. We expected to host a Big Ten team and alerted the BIG EAST office more than a year ago to our limited date availability because of the Puerto Rico exempt tournament.
The narrow date window wasn't an issue until the last few weeks. Through the numerous calls and exchanges, we moved other games and ultimately offered four possible dates where we could host a Big Ten opponent.
Four potential dates and 14 potential Big Ten opponents - yet no game in the Cintas Center.
We are actively working to fill the Big Ten scheduling void."