May 15, 2018
QUEENS, N.Y. – The BIG EAST and Big Ten Conferences released the 2018 lineup for the Gavitt Tipoff Games on Tuesday. For the second time in the four-year history of the early-season event, St. John’s has been paired with local rival Rutgers for a Nov. 16 meeting in Piscataway, N.J. All games will be televised on FS1 or BTN with tip times to be announced at a later date.
The unique eight-game event is named in honor of Dave Gavitt, who had a profound and lasting influence on the sport of basketball on the collegiate, professional and international levels. He was inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame in 2006. This year’s slate of games running from Nov. 13-16 also includes Georgetown at Illinois, Wisconsin at Xavier, Michigan at Villanova, Seton Hall at Nebraska, Marquette at Indiana, Ohio State at Creighton, and Penn State at DePaul.
St. John’s owns a 27-14 all-time record against Rutgers in a series that dates back to 1974. The Johnnies have won the past two meetings and seven of their last 10 contests with the Scarlet Knights.
The former BIG EAST rivals last squared off in 2015 for the inaugural Gavitt Tipoff Games. St. John’s rallied back from a 16-point second half deficit to upend Rutgers, 61-59, at Carnesecca Arena. The Red Storm will return to The RAC for the first time during the regular-season since downing the Scarlet Knights, 72-60, on Jan. 23, 2013.
Scheduled to take place through 2022, the Gavitt Tipoff Games are played on four-consecutive days in the first full week of the college basketball campaign. The series spans eight years, with games played at home sites. Each BIG EAST team will participate a minimum of six times, while Big Ten programs will take part a minimum of four times.