May 3, 2016
WASHINGTON - The Georgetown University men's basketball team will host the University of Maryland at Verizon Center on Tuesday, Nov. 15 as part of the Gavitt Games, announced by the BIG EAST Conference and the Big 10 on Tuesday afternoon.
The Gavitt Tipoff Games is a unique early-season series played between the two conferences and named in honor of Dave Gavitt, founder of the BIG EAST and basketball visionary. The BIG EAST home games will be telecast on FS1, while Big Ten home games will air on BTN or an ESPN network.
The annual series features battles between local foes and attractive intersectional matchups.
"We're excited to host Maryland at home this year," Head Coach John Thompson III said. "This is a great game for college basketball and for our area. Last year's game was a hard-fought contest and we're looking forward to playing again."
This is the second-straight year the Hoyas will face the Terrapins. In one of the most highly anticipated games in college basketball last season, Georgetown was tied with Maryland with just 1:34 remaining, but the Terrapins hit a go-ahead three-pointer and the Hoyas could not counter in a 75-71 loss at Xfinity Center. Senior center Bradley Hayes (Jacksonville, Fla./Sandalwood) scored 16 points and grabbed eight rebounds to lead five players in double figures for the Hoyas. Senior guard D'Vauntes Smith-Rivera (Indianapolis, Ind./North Central/Oak Hill) scored 14 points, had four rebounds and four assists, while freshman forward Marcus Derrickson (Bowie, Md./Brewster Academy [N.H.]) added 13 points and six rebounds, sophomore forward Isaac Copeland (Raleigh, N.C./Brewster Academy [N.H.]) scored 13 points, six rebounds and had five assists and sophomore guard L.J. Peak (Gaffney, S.C./Gaffney) chipped in 12 points, three rebounds and two assists.
Scheduled through 2022, the Gavitt Tipoff Games will be played on consecutive days in the first full week of the college basketball season. The series will span eight years, with games played at home sites. Each BIG EAST team will participate a minimum of six times, while Big Ten programs will take part a minimum of four times. Teams from both conferences already meet in some traditional rivalry games, and those matchups will continue in the upcoming seasons.
The unique series between the two conferences is named to honor the late Gavitt, who had a profound and lasting influence on the sport of basketball on the collegiate, professional and Olympic levels. He was inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame in 2006.
The 2016 Gavitt Tipoff Games schedule begins with NCAA Tournament champion Villanova traveling to Purdue on Monday, Nov. 14. Other games include Wisconsin at Creighton (Nov. 15), Northwestern at Butler (Nov. 16), Seton Hall at Iowa (Nov. 17), Providence at Ohio State (Nov. 17) and Rutgers at DePaul (Nov. 17). The Gavitt Tipoff Games schedule ends on Nov. 18 with St. John's playing at Minnesota.