Nittany Lions to host Butler in 2022 Gavitt Tipoff Games

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pennsylvania – The Penn State men’s basketball team will host Butler at the Bryce Jordan Center for the 2022 Gavitt Tipoff Games on Monday, Nov. 14, as matchups for the seventh annual event were announced Friday morning. The 2022-23 Penn State Men’s Basketball Season is presented by Highmark Health.

Tipoff times and TV network designations will be announced at a later date, with all eight Gavitt Tipoff Games competitions airing on FS1 or BTN.

Penn State and Butler are set to meet for the first time since 1992 and the third time in program history. The most recent meeting was Penn State’s 67-64 home-and-away victory at Happy Valley on February 12, 1992.

Penn State is 2-1 all-time in Gavitt Games games and the Nittany Lions are returning to the event for the first time since 2019 when Penn State won a dominating 81-66 win at Georgetown. The Nittany Lions’ previous two contests at the Gavitt Games were against DePaul, with Penn State earning a home win in 2015, the event’s first year, and the Blue Demons earning an overtime victory in Chicago in 2018.

The Gavitt Tipoff Games is a unique early season series played between the Big Ten and the BIG EAST, and named for Hall of Famer Dave Gavitt, founder of the BIG EAST and basketball visionary. The Big Ten have won the series twice, the BIG EAST have won once, and the two conferences have drawn the event 4-4 on three occasions.

Penn State enters second season under staffed head coach Peter and Ann Tombros Micah Shrewsberry in 2022-23. The Nittany Lions are returning a core of upperclass men in addition to welcoming three highly accomplished graduate transfers and a new class of five freshmen who are the highest-ranked recruiting class in program history.

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Charles P. Patton