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ACC leads all-time Challenge 10-3-1
ESPN has finalized the network and time assignments for the 15th annual Big Ten/ACC Challenge Presented by DICK’s Sporting Goods on December 3 and 4. ESPN, ESPN2 and ESPNU will combine to televise all 12 games of the two-day event matching top college basketball programs playing for conference supremacy and the Commissioners Cup.
Every game will also be available through WatchESPN, accessible online at WatchESPN.com, on smartphones and tablets via the WatchESPN app, through ESPN on Xbox LIVE to Gold members and on Apple TV to fans who receive their video subscription from an affiliated provider.
All 12 Big Ten teams and 12 of the 15 ACC teams will participate in the 2013 Challenge, including the three newest ACC members Notre Dame, Pittsburgh and Syracuse.
The ACC and Big Ten split last year’s Challenge with six wins each. In the event of a tie, the Commissioner’s Cup remains with the conference that won the previous year, which was the Big Ten in 2011. The ACC holds a 10-3-1 Challenge record, winning the first 10 events (1999-2008) while the Big Ten won the next three (2009-2011).
|Tuesday, December 3|
|7:15 p.m.||Indiana at Syracuse||ESPN|
|7:15 p.m.||Illinois at Georgia Tech||ESPN2|
|7:30 p.m.||Penn State at Pittsburgh||ESPNU|
|9:15 p.m.||Michigan at Duke||ESPN|
|9:15 p.m.||Notre Dame at Iowa||ESPN2|
|9:30 p.m.||Florida State at Minnesota||ESPNU|
|Wednesday, December 4|
|7:00 p.m.||Maryland at Ohio State||ESPN or ESPN2|
|7:00 p.m.||Wisconsin at Virginia||ESPN or ESPN2|
|7:30 p.m.||Northwestern at NC State||ESPNU|
|9:00 p.m.||North Carolina at Michigan State||ESPN|
|9:00 p.m.||Boston College at Purdue||ESPN2|
|9:30 p.m.||Miami at Nebraska||ESPNU|
All-Time Challenge Results:
|Boston College||3-1||3-0||0-0||6-1||Won 1|
|Florida State||4-3||2-5||0-0||6-8||Lost 5|
|Georgia Tech||3-2||1-6||0-1||4-9||Lost 5|
|North Carolina||3-3||2-4||2-0||7-7||Lost 1|
|NC State||4-2||1-6||0-0||5-8||Lost 5|
|Virginia Tech||2-2||1-3||0-0||3-5||Won 1|
|Wake Forest||6-1||4-2||0-0||10-3||Lost 1|
|Michigan State||5-1||1-5||0-1||6-7||Lost 1|
|Ohio State||4-2||2-3||0-1||6-6||Lost 1|
|Penn State||2-4||3-3||0-0||5-7||Lost 1|
2012 ACC/Big Ten Challenge Results:
|Virginia Tech d. Iowa||95-79||ACC 1-0|
|#21 Minnesota d. Florida State||77-68||Tied 1-1|
|#3 Michigan d. #18 NC State||79-72||Big Ten 2-1|
|Nebraska d. Wake Forest||79-63||Big Ten 3-1|
|Maryland d. Northwestern||77-57||Big Ten 3-2|
|#1 Indiana d. #14 North Carolina||83-59||Big Ten 4-2|
|Virginia d. Wisconsin||60-54||Big Ten 4-3|
|Purdue d. Clemson||73-61||Big Ten 5-3|
|Miami d. #13 Michigan State||67-59||Big Ten 5-4|
|#22 Illinois d. Georgia Tech||75-62||Big Ten 6-4|
|Boston College d. Penn State||73-61||Big Ten 6-5|
|#2 Duke d. #4 Ohio State||73-68||Tied 6-6|
Tourney Teams: 14 teams between the two conferences played in the 2012 NCAA Tournament: Duke, Miami, North Carolina, NC State, Notre Dame, Pittsburgh and Syracuse from the ACC, and Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Michigan State, Minnesota, Ohio State and Wisconsin from the Big Ten.
Seven of the 12 games will mark first-time Challenge matchups: Michigan at Duke, Maryland at Ohio State, Miami at Nebraska, and Boston College at Purdue, plus the debut of the three new ACC members: Syracuse against Indiana, Notre Dame at Iowa and Pittsburgh against Penn State.
Syracuse and Indiana have met five previous times, with Syracuse winning the past four games, including last season’s NCAA Tournament Sweet Sixteen matchup.
Duke is 21-8 all-time against Michigan, including victories in the 2011 NCAA Tournament and 2011 EA Sports Maui Invitational.
In addition to first-time Challenge games, several of the teams are infrequent opponents: Nebraska holds a 3-1 record against Miami; Purdue won both previous meetings against Boston College; Ohio State and Maryland last played in 1985 with Ohio State winning three of five overall; and Notre Dame will play Iowa for the first time since 1990 and holds a 8-5 series lead.
Pennsylvania rivals Pitt and Penn State will meet for the first time since 2005 with Pitt winning the past five contests.
Following a First with a Rematch: Illinois and Georgia Tech, and Wisconsin and Virginia will follow their first-time Challenge meetings in 2012 with a rematch in the 2013 event. Illinois defeated Georgia Tech, and Virginia beat Wisconsin in last year’s Challenge.
Best Three Out of Five: North Carolina and Michigan State, and Minnesota and Florida State will meet in the Challenge for the fifth time with each program holding a 2-2 record against their opponent.
North Carolina, with an 11-3 overall record against Michigan State, won games in 2008 and 2009. Michigan State won the games in 1999 and 2000.
Northwestern and NC State will square off in the Challenge for the third time. Northwestern won in 2009 and NC State in 2002.
The ACC (.658) and the Big Ten (.612) rank first and third, respectively, among conferences in all-time NCAA Tournament winning percentage.
Since 1988, the ACC (23) and the Big Ten (19) have provided 42 of the 96 teams in the Final Four and have won a combined 10 national titles.
At least one ranked team has played in 71of the 143 Challenge games to date ... 29 games have had both teams ranked ... in the 2001 game between Michigan State and Virginia that was cancelled because of a slippery floor, both teams were ranked.