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)