Clemson Big Ten-ACC Challenge matchup announced

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Clemson Big Ten-ACC Challenge matchup announced

Clemson basketball will be involved in one of two games to tip-off the 2019 Big Ten-ACC Challenge.

The Tigers will head to Minnesota for a game on Monday, Dec. 2, starting off the competition along with Miami's trip to Illinois that day.

The teams last met also in Minneapolis in 2015 when the Golden Gophers topped the Tigers, 89-83. Clemson is 2-5 overall against Minnesota in its history.

Other notable matchups include a Virginia-Purdue rematch at Purdue, Michigan at Louisville, Duke at Michigan State and Ohio State at North Carolina.

Clemson has an 11-8 record in the ACC/Big Ten Challenge and the 11 wins are the fourth-most among all 29 ACC and Big Ten that have taken part in the challenge over the years. In fact, the 11 wins are more than any Big Ten team has produced (Purdue, 10; Wisconsin 10). The Tigers are 5-5 at home but are 6-3 on the road in the challenge. The six road wins are the most among all teams.

Minnesota finished 22-14 last season and 9-11 in the Big Ten. The Golden Gophers won their first-round matchup in the NCAA Tournament over Louisville before falling to conference foe Michigan State in the second round.

The Golden Gophers finished No. 55 in the NCAA NET rankings (Clemson finished No. 45).

Under the direction of head coach Brad Brownell, the Tigers are 5-5 against members of the Big Ten Conference.

The NCAA Playing Rules Oversight Panel approved moving the 3-point line to the international basketball distance of 22 feet, 1 3/4 inches in men’s basketball this week for the upcoming season, which was used in the most recent NIT competition.

The panel also approved resetting the shot clock at 20 seconds after a field goal attempt hits the rim and the offensive team rebounds the ball in the front court and coaches will be allowed to call live-ball timeouts in the last two minutes of the second half and the last two minutes of any overtime periods. Previously, coaches weren’t allowed to call any live-ball timeouts during the game. In the last two minutes of the second half or the last two minutes of any overtime, instant replay review can be conducted if a basket interference or goaltending call has been made.



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