Times & Networks Announced for 17th Annual Big Ten/ACC Challenge
Three Days of Inter-League Play Begins November 30
ESPN networks will combine to cover every game of the 17th annual Big Ten/ACC Challenge – the early-season men’s basketball showdown to be played in late November and early December. ESPN, ESPN2 and ESPNU will televise the 14 games of the Big Ten/ACC Challenge – including all 14 Big Ten schools – from Monday, Nov. 30 through Wednesday, Dec. 2.
The Big Ten captured last year’s Commissioner’s Cup, winning eight of the 14 matchups. The two conferences split the previous two events, winning six Challenge games each in 2012 and 2013. The ACC won the first 10 Challenges (1999-2008), while the Big Ten won the next three (2009-2011). In the event of a tie, the Commissioner’s Cup remains with the conference that won the previous year.
Mon, Nov 30
Wake Forest at Rutgers
Clemson at Minnesota
Tue, Dec 1
Michigan at NC State
Northwestern at Virginia Tech
No. 4 Virginia at Ohio State
Miami (Fla.) at Nebraska
Purdue at Pittsburgh
No. 1 Maryland at No. 2 North Carolina
Wed, Dec 2
Louisville at No. 19 Michigan State
No. 24 Wisconsin at Syracuse
Penn State at Boston College
No. 14 Indiana at No. 6 Duke
No. 16 Notre Dame at Illinois
Florida State at Iowa
Big Ten/ACC Challenge highlights
Eight teams in the ESPN.com men’s preseason top 25 poll:
No. 1 Maryland, No. 2 North Carolina, No. 4 Virginia, No. 6 Duke, No. 14 Indiana, No. 16 Notre Dame, No. 19 Michigan State and No. 24 Wisconsin.
The potential of two top-15 matchups:
No. 1 Maryland traveling to No. 2 North Carolina on Tuesday, at 9:30 p.m., on ESPN
No. 14 Indiana at No. 6 Duke on Wednesday, at 9:15 p.m. on ESPN
Thirteen teams played in the 2015 NCAA Tournament and three in the NIT:
The ACC had five teams qualify behind Duke’s national title: Louisville, NC State, North Carolina, Notre Dame and Virginia – earn NCAA Championship berths.
The Big Ten saw seven teams earn berths – Indiana, Iowa, Maryland, Michigan State, Ohio State, Purdue and Wisconsin, who advanced to the national championship game.
Miami played for the 2015 NIT title, while Pittsburgh and Illinois both earned berths.Back to the NCAA Newsfeed