The Michigan and Villanova basketball programs are set to face off during the 2018-19 season, giving fans a national championship rematch right out of the gate. According to reports, the Big East and Big Ten teams will be facing off against each other after they were drawn as opponents in the Gavitt Games.
Villanova is expected to host the game at Wells Fargo Center.
Jon Rothstein of CBS Sports was first to report the news late Monday night.
While it is a rematch of the national championship game, which Villanova won, 79-62, to claim its second national title in three years, the two programs will look vastly different.
Michigan will be without star Mo Wagner and guard Muhammad-Ali Abdur-Rahkman, while Charles Matthews has yet to determine whether he will return to Ann Arbor. Villanova, meanwhile, will be without Mikal Bridges and Jalen Brunson. Omari Spellman and Donte DiVicenzo, who played lights out in the national title game, have yet to sign with agents and could return to the Wildcats.