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IU to host Marquette in 2018 Gavitt Games



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Then-freshman forward Justin Smith drives the ball during the Hoosiers' game against the Seton Hall Pirates on November 15 at the Prudential Center in Newark, New Jersey. The Hoosiers will host Marquette in this year's Gavitt Games. Evan De Stefano Buy Photos

The IU men’s basketball team has added another opponent to its 2018-19 season schedule.

On Tuesday, it was announced that the Hoosiers will play Marquette in the 2018 Gavitt Games.

The game will be played Nov. 14, at Simon Skjodt Assembly Hall in Bloomington.

The Gavitt Games is an eight-game series between teams from the Big East Conference and the Big Ten Conference that started during the 2015 season. The games are named after Dave Gavitt, the first commissioner of the Big East. 

This will be IU’s third confirmed non-conference game for next season along with a home game against Louisville on Dec. 8 and a matchup with Butler in the Crossroads Classic at Bankers Life Fieldhouse in Indianapolis on Dec. 15.

Marquette is coming off a 2017-18 campaign in which they finished with an overall record of 21-14 and a 9-9 record in Big East conference play.

The Golden Eagles qualified for the NIT, where they lost to eventual champion Penn State, 85-80 in the quarterfinals. In their first two games of the tournament, they defeated Harvard, 67-60 in the first round and Oregon, 101-92 in the second round.

As a team, Marquette finished fourth in the Big East in scoring at 81.2 points per game. It also finished first in both free throw percentage (.796) and three-point percentage (.415.)

The Hoosiers are 7-2 all-time against the Golden Eagles and 1-0 against them in Assembly Hall. 

In last year’s Gavitt Games, IU lost to then-No. 22-ranked Seton Hall 84-68. 

Marquette also lost in its Gavitt Games matchup, after an 86-71 defeat to Purdue on Nov. 14.

Murphy Wheeler

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