The 21st annual Big Ten/ACC Challenge begins Monday with 14 games taking place through Wednesday.
ESPN, ESPN2 and ESPNU will combine to televise all 14 games of the event.
• Three Challenge match-ups pit ranked teams (Associated Press/USA Today Coaches Poll). On Tuesday,
No. 4/5 Michigan plays at No. 1/1 Louisville at 7:30 p.m. ET on ESPN and No. 11/12 Michigan State hosts
No. 10/8 Duke at 9:30 p.m. ET, on ESPN. On Wednesday, No. 6/6 Ohio State will travel to No. 7/7 North
Carolina for a 9:30 p.m. ET tip on ESPN.
• Two of the matchups are rematches from the 2019 NCAA Tournament Elite Eight with Michigan State hosting Duke and
defending national champion Virginia travelling to Purdue on Wednesday. The Blue Devils and Spartans have met four prior
times in the Challenge, most recently in 2016 while the Cavaliers and Boilermakers last met in the Challenge in 2006.
• Fourteen teams competed in the 2019 NCAA Division I Men’s Basketball Championship: Final Four teams Michigan State and
Virginia, Elite Eight teams Duke and Purdue, Sweet 16 teams Florida State, Michigan and North Carolina, as well as early-round
teams Iowa, Louisville, Maryland, Minnesota, Ohio State, Syracuse and Wisconsin.
• This year’s Challenge features eight games that will be first-time meetings in the event: Boston College-Northwestern, Florida
State-Indiana, Georgia Tech-Nebraska, Iowa-Syracuse, Louisville-Michigan, Maryland-Notre Dame, Penn State-Wake Forest
and Pitt-Rutgers.
• Several other games are rematches from prior Challenges: North Carolina-Ohio State (2007), Miami-Illinois (2014), Clemson-Minnesota (2015) and Wisconsin-NC State (2018).

• Overall, seven Big Ten programs are ranked or receiving votes in a poll this week: Maryland (No. 3 AP/No. 4 USA Today
Coaches Poll), Michigan (No. 4/No. 5), Ohio State (No. 6/No. 6), Michigan State (No. 11/No. 12). Additionally, Indiana, Penn
State and Purdue are among others receiving votes in both polls.
• This week’s poll marks the first time since the AP Poll of Jan. 6, 2014 that three Big Ten teams are ranked in the Top 6. That
week, Ohio State was No. 3, Wisconsin was No. 4 and Michigan State was No. 5.
• Both Maryland and Michigan are coming off of tournament championships last week. The Terrapins won three games to
win the Orlando Invitational championship led by Big Ten Co-Player of the Week Anthony Cowan, who averaged 24.0 ppg
and 4.3 assists in the trio of wins as he was named the event’s MVP. Cowan was also named the NCAA Player of the Week.
• Michigan won the Battle 4 Atlantis championship, defeating No. 8/7 Gonzaga in the title game, 82-64. Big Ten Co-Player
of the Week Jon Teske had 19 points and a career-high 15 rebounds in the final as he was named the event’s MVP. Zavier
Simpson (13 points, 13 assists) had his third double-double of the season in the championship game. The Wolverines
defeated #6/4 North Carolina, 73-64, to advance to the final.
• Big Ten teams will compete in a 20-game conference schedule for the second time, playing seven teams both home and
away and six teams once (three home and three away). That conference schedule begins on Friday with Iowa traveling to
Michigan. All 14 Big Ten teams will play one conference home game and one road contest between Dec. 6 and Dec. 18.
• The Big Ten saw a record 10 teams qualify for postseason play in 2018-19. A record eight teams were selected for the
NCAA Tournament and two in the NIT. An NCAA-record tying seven teams advanced to the second round of the NCAA
Tournament with Michigan State advancing to the NCAA national semifinals for the 10th time in school history.
• The 2020 Big Ten Tournament will be held from March 11-15, and will be played at Bankers Life Fieldhouse in Indianapolis
for a record 11th time since its inception in 1998. The Big Ten Tournament remains in the Midwest for a four-year span as it
was played at the United Center in Chicago in 2019 and will be played Indianapolis in 2020 and 2022 and in Chicago in 2021.

Mon., Dec. 2 (Big Ten/ACC Challenge)
Miami at Illinois…………………………………….7 p.m. ESPN2
Clemson at Minnesota ………………………….9 p.m. ESPN2
Tue. Dec. 3 (Big Ten/ACC Challenge)
Northwestern at Boston College……………..7 p.m. ESPNU
Iowa at Syracuse………………………………….7 p.m. ESPN2
#4/5 Michigan at #1/1 Louisville ………..7:30 p.m. ESPN
Rutgers at Pitt ……………………………………..9 p.m. ESPNU
#17/19 Florida State at Indiana ……………..9 p.m. ESPN2
#10/8 Duke at #11/12 Michigan State….9:30 p.m. ESPN
Wed. Dec. 4 (Big Ten/ACC Challenge)
#5/2 Virginia at Purdue……………………..7:15 p.m. ESPN2
Nebraska at Georgia Tech…………………7:15 p.m. ESPNU
Notre Dame at #3/4 Maryland ……………7:30 p.m. ESPN
Wake Forest at Penn State………………..9:15 p.m. ESPNU
Wisconsin at NC State………………………9:15 p.m. ESPN2
#6/6 Ohio State at #7/7 North Carolina 9:30 p.m. ESPN
Fri. Dec. 6
*Iowa at #4/5 Michigan ……………………..6:30 p.m. FS1
Sat. Dec. 7
*Penn State at #6/6 Ohio State ………………. Noon BTN
Nebraska at Creighton………………………2:30 p.m. FS1
*Indiana at Wisconsin……………………….4:30 p.m. BTN
*Illinois at #3/4 Maryland ……………………….5 p.m. ESPN2
Sun. Dec. 8
*Northwestern at Purdue ……………………….5 p.m. BTN
*Rutgers at #11/12 Michigan State………….7 p.m. BTN