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Nebraska vs. Mississippi State

Nebraska guard James Palmer Jr. (24) dribbles around Mississippi State guard Quinndary Weatherspoon (11) during the second half of their NIT first-round college basketball game in Starkville, Miss., Wednesday, March 14, 2018.

The Nebraska men's basketball team will host a Gavitt Games matchup for the first time when Seton Hall comes to Pinnacle Bank Arena in November.

The slate of games between Big Ten and Big East opponents was announced Tuesday. The Huskers and Pirates will face off Wednesday, Nov. 14, at a time to be announced.

All eight Gavitt Tipoff Games are televised nationally on either FS1 or BTN.

The 2018 game will be the first home contest for Nebraska in the series. The Huskers lost 87-63 at Villanova in 2015, and 79-56 at St. John's last season. Nebraska and Seton Hall have never met in men's basketball.

Seton Hall is coming off a third consecutive 20-win season and NCAA Tournament appearance, and will return one starter from this past season, Myles Powell, named the 2018 Big East most improved player. The Pirates went 22-12 last season as Powell averaged 15.5 points per game.

The New Jersey program lost standouts Angel Delgado, Khadeen Carrington and Desi Rodriguez to graduation after the 2017-18 season. Those three formed the core of a program that has made three consecutive NCAA Tournament appearances.

The Gavitt Tip-off Games is part of the Huskers’ nonconference slate that also will feature two games in Kansas City, Missouri, for the Hall of Fame Classic (Texas Tech, USC and Missouri State) and an ACC/Big Ten Challenge matchup (opponent and location to be determined), as well as the annual matchup with Creighton. The 2018-19 slate will also include 20 Big Ten games.

The Gavitt Tipoff Games are an annual early-season series played between the two conferences named in honor of Dave Gavitt, basketball visionary and founder of the Big East. Big Ten schools will participate a minimum of four times during the eight-year event.

Reach the writer at 402-473-7436 or On Twitter @HuskerExtraCB.


Husker basketball reporter

A Ravenna native, Chris covers the University of Nebraska men's basketball team and assists with football coverage. He spent nearly 10 years covering sports at the Kearney Hub and nearly four years at the Springfield News-Leader in Springfield, Mo.

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