Illinois and DePaul haven't played since 1957. Sixty years later, the drought in this series is over.
The Fighting Illini will battle the Blue Demons in an intrastate showdown on Friday, Nov. 18, as part of the Gavitt Tipoff Games, the annual event pitting Big Ten squads against teams from the Big East.
This game between the Illini and Demons, a pair of Land of Lincoln programs with new reasons to be excited, will surely be the highlight of the eight-game event for Chicago-area fans. The two programs have played 18 times but zero since a 75-70 win for the orange and blue in 1957.
Illinois will be playing in one of its first games under new head coach Brad Underwood, hired this spring to replace John Groce, who was fired after a largely unsuccessful five-year tenure in Champaign. Underwood is off to a good start, earning a commitment from the state's Mr. Basketball, Mark Smith.
DePaul, meanwhile, has its own momentum following a recent commitment from Tyger Campbell, a five-star recruit in the Class of 2018.
The rest of the Gavitt Tipoff Games schedule has plenty of intriguing matchups, as well, including Northwestern playing host to Creighton at Allstate Arena, the Wildcats' temporary home for the 2017-18 season while Welsh-Ryan Arena undergoes a complete renovation.
Take a look at the full slate below:
Monday, Nov. 13
Minnesota at Providence
Tuesday, Nov. 14
Purdue at Marquette
Wednesday, Nov. 15
Butler at Maryland
Creighton at Northwestern
Indiana at Seton Hall
Thursday, Nov. 16
Nebraska at St. John’s
Xavier at Wisconsin
Friday, Nov. 17
DePaul at Illinois