Illini to Play Providence in Inaugural Big Ten-Big East Challenge

CHAMPAIGN, Ill. (AP) -- Illinois says its basketball team will travel to Providence to take on the Friars as part of a first-ever series between the Big Ten and Big East.

The Illini will face Providence Nov. 18 in the inaugural Gavitt Tipoff Games.

Illinois finished last season 19-14 and lost in the opening round of the National Invitation Tournament. Providence finished 22-12 and lost its first game in the NCAA Tournament.

The conferences announced last year that their teams would play eight games a season against each other as part of the early-season Gavitt Tipoff series. Each Big Ten team will play in the series a minimum of four times over the planned eight-year run.

The full series schedule for 2015 is below.

Tuesday, Nov. 17
Georgetown @ Maryland (BTN or ESPN Network)
DePaul @ Penn State (BTN or ESPN Network)
Nebraska @ Villanova (FS1)

Wednesday, Nov. 18
Illinois @ Providence (FS1)

Thursday, Nov. 19
Creighton @ Indiana (BTN or ESPN Network)
Iowa @ Marquette (FS1)
Rutgers @ St. John's (FS1)

Friday, Nov. 20
Xavier @ Michigan (BTN or ESPN Network)

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