basketball-men-d1 flag

Andrew Kahn | | May 15, 2018

Michigan, Nova set for national championship game rematch

Villanova wins its second NCAA title in three years

ANN ARBOR –– Ready for a rematch?

Michigan and Villanova, which closed the 2017-18 college basketball season in the national championship, will meet again next season.

The Wolverines will visit Villanova on Nov. 14 as part of the fourth annual Gavitt Tipoff Games, a series of matchups pitting the Big Ten against the Big East.

On Tuesday afternoon, the conferences announced all eight matchups, which will take place over a four-day period in mid-November. The full schedule is below.

Villanova defeated Michigan 79-62 in San Antonio to win its second national title in the past three seasons. Thirteen Wolverines saw the court in the game and at least five won't play in the rematch. Muhammad-Ali Abdur-Rahkman, Duncan Robinson, and Jaaron Simmons graduated, Moritz Wagner declared for the NBA, and Ibi Watson transferred. Charles Matthews entered the draft but could still opt to return to school.

RELATED: How Nova's masterful run left no questions unanswered | Jay Wright's company 

Villanova didn't play a single senior in the game but lost starters Jalen Brunson, the national player of the year, and Mikal Bridges to the NBA. Two other underclassmen — Omari Spellman and Final Four MOP Donte DiVincenzo — declared without signing agents, like Matthews.

"When you are able to have a rematch of the previous season's national title game, I think that is good for the sport, despite how different the makeup of the two teams may be," Michigan coach John Beilein said in a statement Tuesday.

"Jay (Wright)'s program continues to be one of the premiere teams in the country and to face the defending national champions will not only make for a great college basketball environment, but a good opportunity to compete at the highest level right out of the gate."

MARCH MADNESS 365: Wright, Beilein talk replacing players, taking no days off 

Michigan also confirmed Tuesday it would appear in the Hall of Fame Tip-Off Tournament at a Connecticut casino, where it will face George Washington — and then either Providence or South Carolina — the weekend before Thanksgiving.

Additionally, Michigan already knows its Big Ten opponents for next season and the school confirmed it will host a Big Ten-ACC Challenge game, likely the week after Thanksgiving. The rest of the schedule is still being finalized.

This will be Michigan's first Gavitt Games appearance since the inaugural event, when the Wolverines lost to Xavier in 2015.

2018 Gavitt Tipoff Games Schedule:

Tuesday, Nov. 13

Georgetown at Illinois

Wisconsin at Xavier

Wednesday, Nov. 14

Michigan at Villanova

Seton Hall at Nebraska

Marquette at Indiana

Thursday, Nov. 15

Ohio State at Creighton

Penn State at DePaul

Friday, Nov. 16

St. John's at Rutgers

Note: After next season, Michigan State will be the only school from either conference that has not participated in the Gavitt Games, a result of its inclusion in the Champions Classic, typically played around the same time.

10 college basketball players primed for breakout seasons in 2020-21

These are 10 men's college basketball players who can make the leap and become stars in the 2020-21 season, ranked by's Andy Katz.

9 men's college basketball coaches could be the next to reach 800 wins

These active men's college basketball coaches could be the next to reach the elusive 800-win mark in their careers.

15 college basketball playmakers who could be the nation's top point guard

These are 15 Bob Cousy Award candidates for the 2020-2021 men's college basketball season, ranked by's Andy Katz.

Subscribe To Email Updates

Enter your information to receive emails about offers, promotions from and our partners