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Penn State men’s basketball: Nittany Lions to tangle with DePaul next season

Penn State will take on DePaul at the Bryce Jordan Center on Nov. 17 as part of the inaugural Gavitt Tipoff Games, the Big Ten and Big East conferences announced Wednesday.

The series, named in honor of Big East founder Dave Gavitt, will feature eight games between the Big Ten and Big East and is scheduled through 2022. Gavitt was an influential figure in college, professional and Olympic basketball. He was inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame in 2006 and died in 2011.

The Gavitt Tipoff Games will be played from Nov. 17-20.

Other matchups in the series include: Georgetown at Maryland; Nebraska at Villanova; Illinois at Providence; Creighton at Indiana; Iowa at Marquette; Rutgers at St. John’s; and Xavier at Michigan.

Penn State is 0-6 all-time against DePaul. The Blue Demons won the last matchup between the teams 78-61 on Dec. 12, 1984, at Rec Hall.

DePaul went 12-20 in 2014-15, marking the program’s eighth straight losing season. Oliver Purnell resigned in March after going 54-105 in five seasons as the Blue Demons’ head coach.

DePaul then hired Dave Leitao for his second stint leading the program. Leitao was DePaul’s head coach from 2002-05 and led the Blue Demons to their last NCAA tournament appearance in 2004.

Penn State now has three games officially on the 2015-16 schedule. The Nittany Lions will face Drexel at the Palestra and George Washington in Washington, D.C., in December.