Illinois will play DePaul in men’s basketball Posted on 20.05.2017Author Kravchenya 0 Illinois will host DePaul at State Farm Arena as part of the Gavitt Games, a Big Ten vs. Big East competition. It will be the first time the Illini and Demons have played each other since 1957. llinois will host DePaul in the 2017 Gavitt Tipoff Games, according to a source. The teams haven’t played each other since 1957 with Illinois holding a 7-2 all-time series advantage. The Gavitt Games, a Big Ten vs. Big East competition, have been played annually since 2015. Illinois lost its one game in 2015 to Providence. DePaul is 0-2 with losses to Penn State and Rutgers.