The eight-game schedule is set for November 13-16.
If this does end up being the case, that rematch in the 2018 Gavitt Games will be exciting for Villanova and MI since both teams will be looking to make early statements about being serious contenders.
The Big Ten and Big East will once again be squaring off in the year Gavitt Tipoff Games, and Pat Chambers' team now knows who they'll be facing. Those three formed the core of a program that has made three consecutive NCAA Tournament appearances. The NCAA Tournament teams are: Creighton, Michigan, Ohio State, Seton Hall, Villanova and Xavier. In two additional Wednesday contests, Seton Hall travels to Nebraska and Marquette plays at Indiana. Wisconsin and Xavier met in last year's Gavitt Games when the Musketeers defeated the Badgers on the road. The Huskers lost 87-63 at Villanova in 2015, and 79-56 at St. John's last season. The series will span eight years, with games played at home sites.
The unique series between the two conferences was named to honor the late Dave Gavitt, the founder of the Big East Conference and basketball visionary. Each edition consists of eight games with a couple of teams from both conferences sitting out.
This will be the third time the Illini have been a featured team in the Gavitt Games, they beat DePaul a year ago and lost at Providence in 2015. He was inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame in 2006.