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.

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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.”

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