The fifth annual ACC/Big Ten Challenge match-ups have been determined
with the event once again featuring several top college basketball
programs playing for conference supremacy and the Commissioner's Cup.
ESPN and ESPN2 will combine to televise the nine-game Challenge
Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday, December 1-3, from eight different
college campuses and one neutral site. It will mark the second
consecutive year that every game will be televised nationally in a
three-day schedule (ESPN Regional Television televised one game each
of the first three years).
2003 ACC/Big Ten Challenge Schedule
Monday, Dec. 1
7 p.m. ET ESPN2 Northwestern at Florida State
Tuesday, Dec. 2
7:00 p.m. ESPN Indiana at Wake Forest
7:30 p.m. ESPN2 N.C. State at Michigan
9:00 p.m. ESPN Illinois vs. North Carolina
(Greensboro Coliseum, Greensboro, N.C.)
9:30 p.m. ESPN2 Wisconsin at Maryland
Wednesday, Dec. 3
7:00 p.m. ESPN Georgia Tech at Ohio State
7:30 p.m. ESPN2 Clemson at Purdue
9:00 p.m. ESPN Duke at Michigan State
9:30 p.m. ESPN2 Minnesota at Virginia
Challenge highlights include:
ACC Looks for Five in a Row: The ACC will look to win a fifth
Commissioner's Cup. The ACC has edged the Big Ten by winning five of
the nine games in three of the first four Challenges, including last
Top Programs in Competition: Six of the top 20 teams in last year's
final national rankings will be part of the action - #9 Duke, #10
Maryland, #12 Wake Forest, Wisconsin and Illinois tied at #13 and #18
Michigan. Note: Rankings from the ESPN/USA Today poll.
Recent NCAA Champions in Action: Two perennial powers and recent NCAA
Champions will square off when Duke (2001 NCAA Champion) visits
Michigan State (2000).
Sour Taste: Ohio State will look for redemption against Georgia
Tech, which ended the Buckeyes' 2003 season with a 72-58 win in the
second round of NIT tournament.
A Rivalry Renewed: Maryland, the 2002 National Champions, will face
Wisconsin, last year's Big Ten regular-season champion, for the third
time in four years. Maryland defeated Wisconsin in the second round
of the 2002 NCAA Tournament 87-57 and Wisconsin posted a 78-75
overtime victory over the Terrapins in the 2000 Challenge.
New Year, New Face; Neutral Site: The only neutral site game on this
year's schedule (the first four included two neutral site games) will
feature North Carolina, led by new coach Roy Williams, against
Illinois, led by new coach Bruce Weber. The game is a rematch from
last year's Challenge, a 92-65 Fighting Illini victory.