12th Annual ACC/Big Ten Challenge Matchups Announced

The Michigan State Spartans will take on Duke in the 12th Annual ACC/Big Ten Challenge

May 12, 2010

Coming off appearances in the 2010 Final Four, Duke and Michigan State 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: Michigan State, Minnesota, Ohio State, Purdue and Wisconsin from the Big Ten and Clemson, Duke, Florida State, Georgia Tech, Maryland and Wake Forest from the ACC.

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 Big Ten is the defending Challenge champion, defeating the ACC by a 6- 5 margin a year ago. 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 won by four points or fewer. Wisconsin handed Duke its first loss in Challenge history, defeating the then-No. 6 Blue Devils 73-69.  The ACC has won 10 Challenges.

The schedule for the 12th Annual ACC/Big Ten Challenge is as follows:

2010 ACC/Big Ten Challenge schedule

Monday, November 29
       Virginia at Minnesota

Tuesday, November 30
       North Carolina at Illinois
       Ohio State at Florida State
       Michigan at Clemson
       Georgia Tech at Northwestern
       Iowa at Wake Forest

Wednesday, December 1
       Michigan State at Duke
       Purdue at Virginia Tech
       North Carolina State at Wisconsin
       Indiana at Boston College
       Maryland at 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 92 Final Four teams 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 (2005 and 2009), Duke (2001 and 2010), Maryland (2002), and Michigan State (2000). The ACC and the Big Ten also rank first and second, respectively, in NCAA Tournament victories and Final Four appearances. The Big Ten leads the nation in all-time tournament bids (196), and the ACC is second (184).

First-Ever Meeting: Northwestern and Georgia Tech will square off in the first meeting between the two programs.

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: Illinois and North Carolina 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.

Media Contacts:
ESPN: Mike Humes (michael.c.humes@espn.com) 860-766-2233
ACC: Brian Morrison (bmorrison@theacc.org) 336-851-6062
Big Ten: LaTonya Sadler (lsadler@bigten.org) 847-696-1010, ext. 143