The Indiana University men’s basketball team will host St. John’s on Wednesday, November 17 in the Sixth Annual Gavitt Tipoff Games which matches teams from the Big Ten and Big East in mid-November each season. The Hoosiers hold a 5-2 lead in the series which began in 1952. IU won the last meeting in the 2015 Maui Invitational, 83-73. This will be the third meeting in Bloomington (1952, 1992). Television information will be announced at a later date, with games appearing on FS1 or BTN.
IU will begin the Mike Woodson Era this season and return three starters including sophomore All-American Trayce Jackson Davis. He was the only major college player to average 19 points and nine rebounds a season ago. Junior guard Rob Phinisee and junior forward Race Thompson are returning starters who also are back.
St. John’s was 16-11 last year and were led by junior forward Julian Champagnie who led the Big East in scoring at 19.8 points per game and averaged 7.4 rebounds. He has declared for the NBA Draft and has been invited to the NBA combine but could choose to return to school. Two other notable names on Coach Mike Anderson’s roster include transfers Aaron Wheeler (Purdue) and Montez Mathis (Rutgers).
IU is 2-1 in the event with home wins over Creighton in 2015 and 2018. Their lone loss came in 2017 at Seton Hall. St. John’s has a 3-1 record in the series.
The Gavitt Tipoff Games is a unique early-season series played between the two conferences and named in honor of Hall of Famer Dave Gavitt, founder of the BIG EAST and basketball visionary. Scheduled through 2022, the Gavitt Tipoff Games will be played on consecutive days in the first full week of the college basketball season. Each BIG EAST team will participate a minimum of six times, while Big Ten programs will take part a minimum of four times. Teams from both conferences already meet in some traditional rivalry games, and those matchups will continue in the upcoming seasons.
THE IU/ST. JOHN’S SERIES
(IU leads 5-2)
2/1/52 L 55-65 Bloomington
12/28/75 W 76-69 New York
3/13/76 W 90-70 South Bend
12/21/01 W 82-77 New York
12/23/92 W 105-80 Bloomington
3/13/99 L 61-86 Orlando
11/24/16 W 83-73 Maui
2021 Gavitt Tipoff Games
St. John’s at Indiana
Ohio State at Xavier
Illinois at Marquette
Seton Hall at Michigan
Rutgers at DePaul
Creighton at Nebraska
Michigan State at Butler
Providence at Wisconsin
About the Hoosiers
The Hoosiers return three starters, six other lettermen and will welcome four transfers and two true freshmen to the squad. IU will open up the Mike Woodson Era on November 9.
Returning Starters (All classes will be reflective of eligibility)
Sophomore forward Trayce Jackson-Davis is a returning All-American who started all 27 games last season. He was the only high major player to average at least 19 points and 9 rebounds during the season. He was 4th in the Big Ten in scoring (19.1), 2nd in rebounding (9.0), 5th in field goal percentage (51.7) and blocked shots (1.4) and is third in minutes played (34.2)… in league games only, he finished 3rd in scoring (18.4), 2nd in rebounding (9.2), 4th in field goal percentage (50.6) and minutes played blocked shots (1.4) and 3rd in minutes played (34.2). Junior forward Race Thompson was one of only 2 players to start all 27 games (Jackson-Davis). He was the 6th most improved scorer in the Big Ten (+5.4) averaging 9.1 points and 6.2 rebounds and led the team in steals with 28 and was second in blocked shots with 34. He shot 51.5% from the floor. Junior Rob Phinisee started 24 of 27 games and averaged 7.1 points, 2.3 boards and 2.9 assists.
Freshman guard Anthony Leal appeared in 20 games and averaged 1.6 points and 1.4 rebounds. Freshman guard Khristian Lander saw action in 26 games off the bench and averaged 2.1 points and had 30 assists. Freshman guard Trey Galloway averaged 3.6 points and started seven games. Freshman forward Jordan Geronimo played in 21 games and averaged 2.2 points and 1.8 rebounds. Non-scholarship players Michael Shipp, Nate Childress and Sebastien Scott also are back.
Junior guard Xavier Johnson played three seasons at Pitt and had 1,152 points, 311 rebounds, 415 assists and 124 steals in 84 career games, starting 81 of those games. Junior center Michael Durr played three years at South Florida and averaged 6.7 points, 6.5 rebounds and 1.0 blocked shots. He started 85 of the 87 games he played in for the Bulls. Junior forward Miller Kopp comes to IU after three years at Northwestern. He averaged 9.6 points, 2.9 rebounds, 1.2 assists and 0.6 steals per game and started 74 games overall for Northwestern, including the last 56 contests. Junior guard Parker Stewart came to IU in the spring of 2021 and averaged 19.2 points at UT Martin as a sophomore and 10.8 points as a freshman at Pitt. He has shot 36.6% for his career from long distance.
Freshman guard Tamar Bates played at IMG Academy and was a five-star recruit. He was ranked as the No. 23 prospect in the nation by ESPN.com, 28th by 247Sports.com and 30th by Rivals.com. Freshman center Logan Duncomb will join the Hoosiers from Archbishop Moeller in Cincinnati. He is the #73 recruit nationally according to 247Sports and #72 according to Rivals.com and #87 by ESPN.com