May 12, 2010
Defending National Champion Duke against Final Four participant Michigan State will highlight the field for the 12th annual ACC/Big Ten Challenge Presented by Dick’s Sporting Goods Nov. 29-Dec. 1 on ESPN, ESPN2, ESPNU and ESPN3.com.
This year’s event – featuring top college basketball programs playing for conference supremacy and the Commissioner’s Cup -- will include 11 teams that played in the 2010 NCAA Tournament: Clemson, Duke, Florida State, Georgia Tech, Maryland and Wake Forest from the ACC and Michigan State, Minnesota, Ohio State, Purdue and Wisconsin from the Big Ten.
For the sixth 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. ESPN3.com, the broadband sports television network from ESPN, will simulcast the ESPN and ESPN2 telecasts.
The ACC has won 10 of the first 11 Challenges with ACC teams winning 67 of the 108 games played. A year ago, the Big Ten won its first Challenge by a 6-to-5 margin. Road teams won six of the 11 games in 2009 and seven of the contests were decided by seven points or less, including four games by four of fewer points.
The schedule for the 2010 ACC/Big Ten Challenge is as follows:
2010 Big Ten/ACC Challenge Schedule
(times and networks are to be determined)
Monday, November 29th
Virginia @ Minnesota
Tuesday, November 30th
North Carolina @ Illinois
Ohio State @ Florida State
Michigan @ Clemson
Georgia Tech @ Northwestern
Iowa @ Wake Forest
Wednesday, December 1st
Michigan State @ Duke
Purdue @ Virginia Tech
North Carolina State @ Wisconsin
Indiana @ Boston College
Maryland @ Penn State
Game times and ESPN platform designations will be determined and announced at a later date.
- NCAA Tournament Notes: The ACC (.665) and the Big Ten (.619) rank first and third, respectively, among conferences in NCAA Tournament winning percentage. Since 1988, the ACC (23) and the Big Ten (17) have had 40 of the 92 teams in the Final Four and have won 10 national titles.
- Teams from the ACC (347) and the Big Ten (312) have combined for 659 NCAA Tournament victories. The ACC (29) and the Big Ten (18) have combined to produce 37 percent of the No. 1 seeds since the NCAA started assigning seeds in 1979.
- Since 2000, the ACC (10) and the Big Ten (9) have combined for 19 Final Four appearances and six national titles - North Carolina (2009 and 2005), Duke (2001 and 2010), Maryland (2002), and Michigan State (2000). The Big Ten and the ACC also rank 1-2, respectively, in all-time NCAA Tournament bids, NCAA Tournament victories and Final Four appearances.
- First-Ever Meeting: Georgia Tech and Northwestern will square off in the first meeting between the two programs.
- Pursuing Perfection: Boston College will look to continue its undefeated streak in Challenge play against Indiana. The Eagles have won its previous four games.
- Going for 11: Duke, which lost its first Challenge game last year, will look for its 11th win in the event, the most of any other team. The Blue Devils have also won their two previous Challenge games against Michigan State.
- First Challenge Matchups: Six of the telecasts will feature first-ever Challenge matchups: Purdue at Virginia Tech, Michigan at Clemson, Georgia Tech at Northwestern, North Carolina State at Wisconsin, Indiana at Boston College and Maryland at Penn State.
- Rematch: Ohio State and Florida State will meet in the Challenge for the second straight year. Ohio State won the first meeting 77-64 a year ago in Columbus.
- Familiar Foes: North Carolina and Illinois will meet in the Challenge for the fourth time, with Illinois winning two of the first three. Virginia and Minnesota will also meet for the fourth time in the event. Minnesota has won two of the first three.