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Michigan to face Creighton in Gavitt Tipoff Games Matchup

The Wolverines will host the Blue Jays in their third Gavitt Games appearance since 2015

NCAA Basketball: Michigan at Villanova
Michigan faced Villanova in its last Gavitt Tipoff Games appearance in 2018
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The BIG EAST and Big Ten announced the slate of eight tipoff games that will pit the conferences against each other between November 10 and November 14. Michigan will face Creighton on Tuesday, November 12 at Crisler Center, adding another solid matchup to what is already a stacked non-conference schedule for new coach Juwan Howard and his team.

This will be Michigan’s third time appearing in the Gavitt Games series since the contest began in 2015. Michigan lost to Xavier 86-70 at home in November 2015 and beat Villanova 73-46 in Philadelphia in 2018.

Creighton is coming off a 20-15 season that saw the Jays go 9-9 in Big East play. Coach Greg McDermott’s team received an NIT bid and reached the quarterfinals before falling to TCU.

Creighton and Michigan have met twice before, the first meeting coming in 1962, and the most recent meeting coming in 2009 during the Old Spice Classic in Orlando Florida. Guard Manny Harris had 20 points, 11 rebounds and nine assists to lead the Wolverines to a 83-76 overtime win over the Blue Jays.

With Creighton now in the fold, Michigan’s non-conference schedule will feature the Blue Jays, a to-be-determined Big Ten ACC Challenge opponent, Oregon (December 14) and a field of teams in the Battle 4 Atlantis tournament during Thanksgiving week in the Bahamas. The Battle 4 Atlantis field includes Oregon, North Carolina, Gonzaga, Iowa State, Seton Hall, Alabama, and Southern Mississippi.

The rest of the Gavitt Games slate includes:

Monday, Nov. 11: DePaul at Iowa

Tuesday, Nov. 12: Minnesota at Butler

Wednesday, Nov. 13: Villanova at Ohio State, Purdue at Marquette, Providence at Northwestern

Thursday, Nov. 14:

Michigan State at Seton Hall, Penn State at Georgetown