Nebraska will face St. John’s, Creighton plays Northwestern in 2017 Gavitt Tipoff Games
Nebraska will play St. John’s and Creighton will face Northwestern as part of the 2017 Gavitt Tipoff Games, an annual early-season series pitting teams from the Big Ten and Big East.
Reports of the schedule emerged over the weekend, and it was officially announced Tuesday.
The Huskers will travel to St. John’s on Nov. 16, while Creighton will play a road game at Northwestern on Nov. 15. Nebraska’s game will air on Fox Sports 1; Creighton will be shown on either FS1 or the Big Ten Network.
This will be NU’s second time playing in the Gavitt Games, which have been held each of the last two seasons. The Huskers lost to Villanova in 2015. It will be the third Gavitt appearance for CU, which lost to Indiana in 2015 and defeated Wisconsin in 2016.
Nebraska and St. John’s have never played each other in men’s basketball. This will be the sixth meeting between Creighton and Northwestern, with the Jays holding a 2-3 record against the Wildcats.
St. John’s went 14-19 overall and finished eighth in the Big East with a 7-11 conference record last season. It was St. John’s second under All-America alumnus Chris Mullin, who took over as head coach in March 2015.
Northwestern went 24-12 last season and also won the program’s first NCAA tournament game in its first appearance in March Madness.
The 2016-17 season will be the Huskers’ sixth under head coach Tim Miles, who led NU to a 12-19 overall record last season and 12th place finish in the Big Ten.
Creighton enters its eighth year with Greg McDermott as head coach and lost in the opening round of the NCAA tournament last season.
The 2017 Gavitt Games schedule includes:
> Nov. 13: Minnesota at Providence (FS1)
>> Nov. 14: Purdue at Marquette (FS1)
>> Nov. 15: Butler at Maryland (FS1/BTN), Creighton at Northwestern (FS1/BTN), Indiana at Seton Hall (FS1)
>> Nov. 16: Xavier at Wisconsin (FS1), Nebraska at St. John’s (FS1)
>> Nov. 17: DePaul at Illinois (BTN)