DURHAM, N.C. -- The 16th annual ACC/Big Ten Challenge Presented by DICK’S Sporting Goods will culminate in a matchup of top-5 teams as No. 2 Duke faces No. 4 Wisconsin in a 9:30 p.m. (ET) tipoff Wednesday, Dec. 3. The Blue Devils are 13-2 all-time in challenge play, including a 1-1 mark against the Badgers.
Duke won the first meeting between the two schools, 82-58, at Cameron Indoor Stadium in 2007, with the Badgers scoring a three-point win (72-69) two years later in Madison.
ESPN, ESPN2 and ESPNU will televise the 14 games of the ACC/Big Ten Challenge – including all 14 Big Ten schools and 14 of 15 ACC teams - from Monday, Dec. 1 through Wednesday, Dec. 3.
The ACC and Big Ten have split the past two events, winning six Challenge games each in 2012 and 2013. In the event of a tie, the Commissioner’s Cup remains with the conference that won the previous year, which was the Big Ten in 2011. The ACC won the first 10 Challenges (1999-2008), while the Big Ten won the next three (2009-2011).
Duke has won its last two meetings in challenge play including a 79-69 win over Michigan a year ago. Rising senior Quinn Cook paced the Blue Devils in the contest with 24 points, four rebounds, nine assists and two steals. He was 6-of-11 from the field and a perfect 10-of-10 from the free throw line.
ACC/Big Ten Challenge Notes
- Nine teams in the ESPN.com men’s preseason top 25 poll: No. 2 Duke, No. 4 Wisconsin, No. 6 North Carolina, No. 7 Virginia, No. 8 Louisville, No. 18 Michigan, No. 21 Syracuse, No. 24 Michigan and No. 25 Iowa.
- The potential of three top-25 matchups:
- No. 21 Syracuse travels to No. 24 Michigan on Tuesday, for a 7:30 p.m. tilt on ESPN.
- No. 25 Iowa at No. 6 North Carolina on Wednesday, also at 7:30 p.m. on ESPN.
- A Challenge culmination of No. 2 Duke at No. 4 Wisconsin on Wednesday, at 9:30 p.m.on ESPN.
- No. 8 Louisville – in its first year as an ACC member – hosts Ohio State on Tuesday, at 9:30 p.m. on ESPN.
- Also competing in the Challenge, No. 7 Virginia plays at former ACC opponent Maryland at 9:15 p.m. on ESPN2.
- Wednesday night also features No. 18 Michigan State at Notre Dame at 7:15 p.m. on ESPN2.
- The Challenge schedule includes 10 of the top 25 teams in ESPN’s RecruitingNation Class Rankings: No. 1 Duke, No. 3 North Carolina, No. 4 Louisville, No. 6 Ohio State, No. 9 Maryland, No. 18 NC State, No. 19 Virginia Tech, No. 21 Indiana, No. 23 Syracuse and No. 25 Purdue.
- Nine ACC and eight Big Ten teams participated in the 2014 postseason:
- The ACC had seven teams – Duke, Louisville, North Carolina, NC State, Pitt, Syracuse and Virginia – earn NCAA Championship berths, while Clemson and Florida State advanced to the National Invitation Tournament (NIT) semifinals
- The Big Ten saw Wisconsin advance to the Final Four, in addition to Iowa, Michigan, Michigan State, Nebraska and Ohio State earning NCAA berths.
- Minnesota captured the 2014 NIT title and Illinois was a second-round participant.
2014 ACC/Big Ten Challenge Presented by DICK’S Sporting Goods Schedule (subject to change)
Monday, Dec. 1
7 p.m. - Nebraska at Florida State - ESPN2
7 p.m. - Rutgers at Clemson - ESPNU
Tuesday, Dec. 2
7 p.m. - Pittsburgh at Indiana - ESPN2
7 p.m. - Minnesota at Wake Forest - ESPNU
7:30 p.m. - No. 21 Syracuse at No. 24 Michigan - ESPN
9 p.m. - Illinois at Miami - ESPN2 or ESPNU
9 p.m. - NC State at Purdue - ESPN2 or ESPNU
9:30 p.m. - Ohio State at No. 8 Louisville - ESPN
Wednesday, Dec. 3
7:15 p.m. - No. 18 Michigan State at Notre Dame - ESPN2
7:15 p.m. - Virginia Tech at Penn State - ESPNU
7:30 p.m. - No. 25 Iowa at No. 6 North Carolina - ESPN
9:15 p.m. - No. 7 Virginia at Maryland - ESPN2
9:15 p.m. - Georgia Tech at Northwestern - ESPNU
9:30 p.m. - No. 2 Duke at No. 4 Wisconsin - ESPN