Villanova-Michigan rematch of NCAA championship game on tap for next season

Villanova-Michigan rematch of NCAA championship game on tap for next season

Penn State and DePaul faced off inside the Bryce Jordan Center during the first annual Gavitt Tipoff Games in 2015 when the Nittany Lions came away with an 82-68 victory.

CBS Sports' Jon Rothstein reported the teams will play in Philadelphia in the event featuring non-league games between teams from the Big East and Big Ten.

All eight Gavitt Tipoff Games are televised nationally on either FS1 or BTN.

While it is a rematch of the national championship game, which Villanova won, 79-62, to claim its second national title in three years, the two programs will look vastly different.

Villanova and MI are expected to meet in the Gavitt Games in November in a rematch of the national title game won 79-62 by the Wildcats last month. Junior guard Myles Powell paces the Pirates, as he averaged 15.5 points and 2.8 assists per game to help coach Kevin Willard reach the NCAA Tournament for the third straight year. These nine teams won at least 20 games a year ago.

Villanova defeated MI, 79-62, in San Antonio to claim the 2017-18 national title. The Badgers will travel to Cincinnati to face Xavier on November 13th.

The slate for Thursday, Nov. 15, includes Ohio State at Creighton, a matchup of NCAA Tournament squads, and NIT champion Penn State at DePaul.

Scheduled through 2022, the Gavitt Tipoff Games will be played on consecutive days early in the college basketball season.

The distinctive series between the two conferences is named to honor the late Gavitt, who had a profound and lasting influence on the sport of basketball at the collegiate, professional and Olympic levels.

The matchups for the 2018 Gavitt Games were announced on May 14.