Villanova and MI are expected to meet in the Gavitt Games in November in a rematch of the national title game won 79-62 by the Wildcats last month.
The matchups for the 2018 Gavitt Games were announced on May 14.
Watching Villanova pull off the epic run they did during last year's tournament by winning each game by double-digits, including the championship game against MI. The Hoyas are coached by former National Basketball Association standout Patrick Ewing. "Dave Gavitt was an ambassador for the sport of basketball and it is fitting that we continue to honor his legacy in the spirit of competition and sportsmanship".
Arguably one of the best of these events is the Gavitt Games, which pits the Big Ten and the Big East against one another.
All eight Gavitt Tipoff Games are televised nationally on either FS1 or BTN.
Since Villanova (Big East) and Michigan (Big Ten) happen to play in each of these conferences, this announcement nearly seemed too good to be true for college basketball fans, no matter which team they happen to root for.
The Nittany Lions and Blue Demons were paired in the inaugural Gavitt Tipoff Games in 2015, with Penn State winning, 68-62, in the Bryce Jordan Center. Gavitt passed away in 2011 and was named to the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame in 2006. The Nittany Lions have not been apart of the annual series since. DePaul rallied from a 14-point deficit to tie Marquette in that contest, but the Golden Eagles won the game on the final possession, 72-69.
This will be the second time in the four-year history of the early-season showcase that Ohio State will participate. The 2018-19 slate will also include 20 Big Ten games.