Spartans try Heels again

The Big Ten faces another Challenge

Staff WriterJuly 16, 2009 

  • 2009 Big Ten/ACC Challenge

    Monday, Nov. 30

    Penn State at Virginia, 7 p.m., ESPN2

    Tuesday, Dec. 1

    Wake Forest at Purdue, 7 p.m., ESPN

    Northwestern at N.C. State, 7 p.m., ESPNU

    Maryland at Indiana, 7:30 p.m., ESPN2

    Michigan State at North Carolina, 9 p.m., ESPN

    Virginia Tech at Iowa, 9:30 p.m., ESPN2

    Wednesday, Dec. 2

    Illinois at Clemson, 7:15 p.m., ESPN

    Minnesota at Miami, 7:15 p.m., ESPNU

    Boston College at Michigan, 7:30 p.m., ESPN2

    Duke at Wisconsin, 9:15 p.m., ESPN

    Florida State at Ohio State, 9:30 p.m. ESPN2

Michigan State is the lone Big Ten basketball program to have posted a winning record (5-4) in the Big Ten/ACC Challenge.

That distinction will be on the line this season when the Spartans travel to Chapel Hill to meet North Carolina in a rematch of the 2009 NCAA championship game. The Tar Heels defeated Michigan State 89-72 in Detroit in April.

The pairing is one of the highlights of the next season's Big Ten/ACC Challenge. Game times and networks were announced Wednesday.

The Tar Heels and Spartans -- North Carolina routed Michigan State 98-63 in last year's Challenge -- will play at 9 p.m. on Dec. 1. The game will be televised by ESPN.

Duke, which is 10-0 in the Challenge, will be at Wisconsin at 9 p.m. on Dec. 2. ESPN will televise.

After missing out on last year's Challenge, N.C. State returns to the mix and will play Northwestern at 7 p.m. on Dec. 1 in Raleigh. ESPNU will televise the game.

The ACC has gotten the better of the Big Ten over the 10 years of the series, compiling the most wins in the head-to-head matchups each season. ACC schools have an overall record of 62-35.

A combined nine teams from the two conferences have made 19 appearances in the Final Four since the Challenge's inception --10 for the ACC, nine for the Big Ten. or 919-829-8925

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