Eleventh Annual Big Ten/ACC Challenge Matchups Announced
April 22, 2009
Michigan State at North Carolina, a December 1 rematch of this past year’s NCAA Men’s Basketball Championship Game, will highlight the matchups for the 11th annual Big Ten/ACC Challenge Presented by Dick’s Sporting Goods on ESPN, ESPN2, ESPNU and ESPN360.com, November 30-December 2.
This year’s event -- once again featuring top college basketball programs playing for conference supremacy and the Commissioner’s Cup -- will also include Big Ten Conference Tournament Champion Purdue against Wake Forest (December 1) and ACC Champion Duke at Wisconsin (December 2).
For the fifth consecutive year, the Challenge will feature 11 games and include two telecasts on ESPNU with ESPN and ESPN2 combining to televise the remaining nine games. ESPN360.com, the broadband sports television network from ESPN, will simulcast the ESPN and ESPN2 telecasts.
2009 Big Ten/ACC Challenge schedule (times and networks are to be determined):
Monday, Nov. 30
Tuesday, Dec. 1
Wednesday, Dec. 2
History: The ACC has won each of the 10 Challenges played to date with ACC teams winning 62 of the 97 games. Duke (10-0) and Boston College (3-0) are the only undefeated teams in Challenge play.
Last Year: A year ago, the ACC won its tenth-straight Challenge by a 6-to-5 margin. Road teams won six of the 11 games in 2008 and six of the contests were decided by five points or less, including four by two points.
NCAA Tournament Notes: The ACC (.665) and the Big Ten (.617) rank first and third, respectively, among conferences in NCAA Tournament winning percentage. Since 1988, the ACC (22) and the Big Ten (16) have had 38 of the 88 teams in the Final Four and have won nine national titles.
Teams from the ACC (338) and the Big Ten (305) have combined for 643 NCAA Tournament victories. The ACC (28) and the Big Ten (18) have combined to produce 38 percent of the No. 1 seeds since the NCAA started assigning seeds in 1979.
Since 2000, the ACC (9) and the Big Ten (8) have combined for 17 Final Four appearances and five national titles - North Carolina (2009 and 2005), Maryland (2002), Duke (2001) and Michigan State (2000). The ACC and the Big Ten also rank 1-2, respectively, in all-time NCAA Tournament bids, NCAA Tournament victories and Final Four appearances.
Familiar Foes: In addition to meeting in the Championship Game and last year’s ACC/Big Ten Challenge, Michigan State and North Carolina played in the first two Challenges (1999 and 2000) with the Spartans winning both games. North Carolina won both games last year.
First-Ever Meeting: Minnesota and Miami will square off in the first meeting between the two programs.
Pursuing Perfection: Two teams will look to continue their undefeated streaks in the Challenge: Duke is 10-0 while Boston College has won all three of its games.
First Challenge Matchup: In addition to Minnesota at Miami, Penn State at Virginia, Wake Forest at Purdue and Florida State at Ohio State will all meet for their first-ever Challenge showdown.