Ever since its inception in 2015, the Gavitt Tip-off Games has been one of the biggest and best non-conference events of the season. It pits two marquee conferences (the Big East and Big Ten) against each other and the results have been really fun to watch. The two conferences tied the first two years and the Big Ten has won the last two.
Unfortunately, fans won’t get to enjoy the event this year.
Source: The Gavitt Games is unlikely to take place during the 20-21 college basketball season. The Big Ten and Big East both aim to resume this series in 21-22.— Jon Rothstein (@JonRothstein) October 7, 2020
We knew some non-conference games would get cancelled in light of the COVID-19 pandemic, but it’s still disappointing to see. And considering just how recently this event was created, it’s even a bit tougher to stomach. Still, if it helps us get a college basketball season, I suppose cancelling one event isn’t too tough of a loss.
As of the time of posting, college basketball remains scheduled to tip off on November 25th. This is a few weeks later than normal. We anticipate most schedules will start to get released by the end of the month. Let’s hope the Big Ten’s other marquee non-conference events end up being played.