8th Annual ACC/Big Ten Challenge Matchups Set

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Clemson to Face Minnesota in ACC vs. Big Ten Challenge

Tigers and Gophers Will Play final Game of 8th Annual Series

Clemson, SC-The eighth Annual ACC vs. Big Ten Challenge could come down to the Clemson vs. Minnesota game on Wednesday, November 29th.
That will be the final game of the 11 contests in the challenge series that will be played between November 27-29 at various campus sites.

Clemson will take on the Gophers in Williams Arena in Minneapolis, MN in a game that will be televised nationally on ESPN2.
Tip-off is slated for 9:30 PM eastern time.

This will mark the second straight year that Clemson has had
to go on the road for the ACC vs. Big Ten Challenge. Clemson and
Miami (FL) are both in that situation this year, marking just the second and third times an ACC team has had to play on the road in consecutive years. Georgia Tech had back-to-back road games in the Challenge in 2002 and 2003.

Clemson has a 5-2 record in its seven previous ACC-Big Ten
Challenge games, tied for third best among ACC teams. Duke has a
7-0 record in its previous seven appearances, while Wake Forest is 6-1. Clemson and Florida State are both 5-2. Last year Clemson defeated Penn State in State College, PA.

The ACC has a 40-22 overall lead in the games played over the previous seven seasons and the ACC has won the season series all
seven years. Four of the previous seven the ACC's margin has been
by just one game, including last year when the ACC won by a 6-5 margin.

This will be the sixth meeting between Clemson and Minnesota.
The Gophers have a 4-1 lead in the series. Clemson's only win came at Littlejohn Coliseum in 1995-96 by a 79-66 score. The two schools met twice in the 1996-97 season, a year Clemson advanced to the Sweet
16 of the NCAA Tournament. Minnesota downed Clemson 75-62 in the
championship game of the San Juan Shootout in Puerto Rico in November, then the Gophers stopped the Tigers 90-84 in double overtime in the third round of the NCAA Tournament in San Antonio, TX.

Minnesota had a 16-15 record last year and advanced to the second round of the NIT. They defeated Wake Forest in the first round at home, 73-58, before losing at Cincinnati in the second round, 76-62.

ACC Notes

Matchups for the eighth annual ACC/Big Ten Challenge have been determined with the event featuring top college basketball programs playing for conference supremacy and the Commissioner’s Cup. Following last year’s 6-5 victory, the ACC has won the first six ACC-Big Ten Challenges.

For the second consecutive year, the event will feature 11 games (an increase from nine in the six previous years) from 11 different college campuses and include two telecasts on ESPNU, the 24-hour college sports network. ESPN and ESPN2 will combine to televise the remaining nine games. This year’s event will be played on the Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday after Thanksgiving (November 27-29).

Since 2000, these two conferences have combined to make 13 Final Four appearances and captured four of the last seven NCAA Championships. In addition, the ACC and Big Ten rank either first or second in all-time NCAA Tournament bids, victories and Final Four appearances.

2006 ACC/Big Ten Challenge Schedule (All Times ET)

Monday, Nov. 27
7 p.m.              ESPN2  Michigan at N.C. State    

Tuesday, Nov. 28            
7 p.m.              ESPN   Maryland at Illinois         
7:30 p.m.           ESPN2  Florida State at Wisconsin          
8 p.m.              ESPNU  Penn State at Georgia Tech         
9 p.m.              ESPN   Indiana at Duke  
9:30 p.m.           ESPN2  Miami at Northwestern

Wednesday, Nov. 29
7 p.m.              ESPN   Michigan State at Boston College
7:30 p.m.           ESPN2  Virginia at Purdue
8 p.m.              ESPNU  Iowa at Virginia Tech
9 p.m.              ESPN   Ohio State at North Carolina
9:30 p.m.           ESPN2  Clemson at Minnesota

2006 Challenge highlights:

** Challenge Rematch: College basketball tradition-rich programs Duke and Indiana will meet for the second consecutive year Tuesday, Nov. 28 at 9 p.m. on ESPN. The Hoosiers rank third all-time with five national titles, while the Blue Devils rank fifth with three. Duke, the only team to go undefeated in the Challenge at 7-0, won last year’s game 75-67.

** Four Challenge Rematches: There will be four rematches from the previous seven Challenges:

- Michigan defeated N.C. State 68-61 (2003)

- Maryland defeated Illinois 76-63 (2001)

- Duke defeated Indiana 75-67 (2005)

- Virginia defeated Purdue 98-79 (2000)

** New Team to the Challenge: The ACC’s Boston College will make its first Challenge appearance hosting Michigan State Wednesday, Nov. 29 at 7 p.m. on ESPN.

ESPNU Televises Two Games: For the second consecutive year, ESPNU will televise two games, both at 8 p.m.: Penn State at Georgia Tech Tuesday, Nov. 28 and Iowa at Virginia Tech Wednesday, Nov. 29. Commissioner’s Cup: The ACC has won the Commissioner’s Cup seven straight years.


Last year’s Duke at Indiana game was ESPN’s highest-rated and most-viewed Challenge telecast ever, averaging a 2.5 rating and 2,285,000 households. It surpassed the previous high of a 2.0 rating and 1,749,000 households for North Carolina at Indiana in 2004.

ESPN’s coverage of the 2005 Big Ten/ACC Challenge experienced audience growth over the 2004 event. ESPN’s four telecasts in 2005 averaged a 1.7 rating and 1,493,000 households for increases of 6% (vs. 1.6) and 5% (vs. 1,423,000) over the four games in 2004.


1999 (5-4)                            Score        Series
Wake Forest d. Wisconsin              67-48       ACC 1-0
Maryland d. Iowa                      83-65       ACC 2-0
Duke d. Illinois                      72-69       ACC 3-0
Minnesota d. Virginia                 74-62       ACC 3-1
Michigan d. Georgia Tech              80-77       ACC 3-2
NC State d. Purdue                    61-59       ACC 4-2
Michigan St. d. N. Carolina           86-76       ACC 4-3
Florida State d. Northwestern         60-46       ACC 5-3
Penn State d. Clemson                 85-75       ACC 5-4
2000 (5-4)                            Score        Series
Wake Forest d. Michigan               71-60       ACC 1-0
Clemson d. Northwestern               57-44       ACC 2-0
Duke d. Illinois                      78-77       ACC 3-0
Iowa d. Georgia Tech                  85-67       ACC 3-1
Virginia d. Purdue                    98-79       ACC 4-1
Michigan State d. N. Carolina         77-64       ACC 4-2
Minnesota d. Florida State            76-71       ACC 4-3
Wisconsin d. Maryland (ot)            78-75       Tied 4-4
NC State d. Penn State                84-76       ACC 5-4
2001 (5-3)                            Score        Series
Maryland d. Illinois                  76-63       ACC 1-0
Ohio State d. NC State                64-50       Tied 1-1
Duke d. Iowa                          80-62       ACC 2-1
Wake Forest d. Minnesota              85-79       ACC 3-1
Georgia Tech d. Wisconsin             62-61       ACC 4-1
Michigan St. & Virginia cancelled
Clemson d. Penn State                 79-66       ACC 5-1
Indiana d. North Carolina             79-66       ACC 5-2
Northwestern d. Florida State         57-50       ACC 5-3
2002 (5-4)                            Score        Series
Florida State d. Iowa                 80-67       ACC 1-0
Duke d. Ohio State                    91-76       ACC 2-0
Clemson d. Penn State                 79-70       ACC 3-0
Indiana d. Maryland (ot)              80-74       ACC 3-1
Illinois d. North Carolina            92-65       ACC 3-2
Minnesota d. Georgia Tech             64-63       Tied 3-3
NC State d. Northwestern              74-49       ACC 4-3
Michigan State d. Virginia            82-75       Tied 4-4
Wake Forest d. Wisconsin              90-80       ACC 5-4

2003 (7-2)                            Score        Series
Florida State d. Northwestern         71-53       ACC 1-0
Wake Forest d. Indiana                100-67      ACC 2-0
Michigan d. NC State                  68-61       ACC 2-1
North Carolina d. Illinois            88-81       ACC 3-1
Maryland d. Wisconsin                 73-67       ACC 4-1
Georgia Tech d. Ohio State            73-53       ACC 5-1
Purdue d. Clemson                     76-64       ACC 5-2
Duke d. Michigan State                72-50       ACC 6-2
Virginia d. Minnesota                 86-78       ACC 7-2

2004 (7-2)                            Score        Series
NC State d. Purdue                    60-53       ACC 1-0
Georgia Tech d. Michigan              88-68       ACC 2-0
Florida State d. Minnesota            70-69       ACC 3-0
Duke d. Michigan State                81-74       ACC 4-0
Wisconsin d. Maryland                 69-64       ACC 4-1
Illinois d. Wake Forest               91-73       ACC 4-2
Clemson d. Ohio State                 80-73       ACC 5-2
North Carolina d. Indiana             70-63       ACC 6-2
Virginia d. Northwestern              48-44       ACC 7-2

2005 (6-5)                            Score        Series
Ohio State d. Virginia Tech           69-56       Big Ten 1-0
Wake Forest d. Wisconsin              91-88       Tied 1-1
Florida State d. Purdue               97-57       ACC 2-1
Clemson d. Penn State                 96-88       ACC 3-1
Illinois d. North Carolina            68-64       ACC 3-2
Michigan d. Miami                     74-53       Tied 3-3
Michigan State d. Georgia Tech        88-86       Big Ten 4-3
Maryland d. Minnesota                 83-66       Tied 4-4
Virginia d. Northwestern              72-57       ACC 5-4
Duke d. Indiana                       75-67       ACC 6-4
Iowa d. NC State                      45-42       ACC 6-5

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