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Matchups set for the 2017 Gavitt Games

EVANSTON, IL - NOVEMBER 17: DePaul Blue Demons mascot during a game between the DePaul Blue Demons and the Rutgers Scarlet Knights on November 17, 2016, at the Allstate Arena in Rosemont, IL. Scarlet Knights won 66-59. (Photo by Patrick Gorski/Icon Sportswire)
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Matchups are set for the 2017 Gavitt Games, multiple sources told FanRag Sports on Saturday. Check out the slate of games below.

  • Nov. 13th: Minnesota at Providence
  • Nov. 14th: Purdue at Marquette
  • Nov. 15th: Butler at Maryland, Creighton at Northwestern, Indiana at Seton Hall
  • Nov. 16th: Xavier at Wisconsin, Nebraska at St. John’s
  • Nov. 17th: DePaul at Illinois

One of the games that is most notable is the outing between DePaul and Illinois. Those are two programs fighting to reclaim a stake in the state.

The Fighting Illini are having one of the most impactful offseasons in the nation. The university hired Brad Underwood to be the program’s new basketball coach after firing John Groce.

Having started his head-coaching career with Stephen F. Austin before taking the Oklahoma State job prior to this season, Underwood has taken his teams to the NCAA Tournament in all four seasons he’s been the leader of a program.

Earlier in the offseason, Underwood came on the College Hoops Today Podcast to discuss expectations for Illinois in 2017-18:

“I think we should be an NCAA Tournament team next year,” Underwood said Monday on the College Hoops Today Podcast. “I like our pieces and I like our toughness and grit. I think Mark Smith, who we just signed, has a chance to be one of the best freshmen in the country. We should be right there in middle of things in the Big Ten.”

Jon Rothstein has been a college basketball insider for CBS Sports since 2010 and is the lead college basketball columnist for the FanRag Sports Network. He is also the host of the College Hoops Today Podcast via Compass Media Networks, which is available via iTunes. Rothstein is also a regular in-studio correspondent for both WFAN and CBS Sports Radio. He currently lives in Manhattan.

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