Yesterday, a report was leaked that the Big Ten and the Big East would be creating an annual college hoops season tipoff event starting in 2015-16 that will run through 2022. The challenge would consist of eight games played over four consecutive days at the beginning of the college hoops season, and would be broken up with four Big Ten home games and four Big East home games.
The games would be called the “Gavitt Tipoff Games,” named after David Gavitt, who was a pivotal player in the formation of the Big East and its rise to prominence (this was before the league was gutted). Each Big East team will participate a minimum of six games, while each Big Ten team will compete a minimum of four times, assuming the conferences remain at the same numbers.
If you couldn’t guess already, this means Maryland and Georgetown are almost a lock to meet, thus forcing the two schools in a reluctant rivalry since JTIII refuses to play the Terps. It would be a sick, cruel joke to prevent these two from playing, and even JT III thinks it is going to happen:
JT3 said he expects Georgetown will Play Maryland in Gavitt TipOff Games
— Adam Zagoria (@AdamZagoria) May 5, 2014
It’s on, y’all! Let’s just hope it goes better than the last time they played back in 2008…
Obviously this is great news, literally because all the fan bases want this game to happen and because at least four of the next eight years Maryland should be getting an RPI boost. Challenging OOC games are a must for every potential tournament team, and the stronger Maryland’s gets, the better they should be in the long run.