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2005 ACC/Big Ten Challenge

ACC | Big Ten | College Basketball Preview

by Shawn Siegel

June 29th, 2005


ACC/Big Ten Challenge Schedule Announced


ESPN announced the schedule for the 2005 ACC/Big Ten Challenge.  The made for TV event features a rematch of the 2005 NCAA Championship, and little else worthy of excitement.  This is the seventh annual year the two conferences will square off in the Challenge, with this year's games being played between November 28-30.


Besides the UNC/Illinois game, the other games with some sizzle are Duke playing at Indiana and Georgia Tech heading to Michigan State.  Last year, Indiana hosted UNC is the Challenge's highest rated game (2.0), and the Duke game could experience similar success.  Indiana Coach Mike Davis thinks his players are already excited for the game.  "I think our players and coaches are looking forward to this game against Duke." Coach David added, "Duke is consistently one of the top teams in the country and it will be a good barometer of where we are at as a team early in the season."

The ACC has absolutely dominated this event, winning all six years of its existence, with a 34 win to 19 loss differential.  This year's event should be closer than last year's 7-2 drubbing by the ACC, but a 6-5 ACC margin still seems likely.


The ACC/Big Ten Challenge increases to 11 games from nine in the six previous years,  with the extra two being shown on ESPNU.



2005 ACC/Big Ten Challenge Schedule (ALL TIMES ET)


Monday, Nov. 28

7:30 p.m.          ESPN2           Virginia Tech at Ohio State


Tuesday, Nov. 29

7:00 p.m.          ESPN             Wisconsin at Wake Forest    

7:30 p.m.          ESPN2           Purdue at Florida State         

8:00 p.m.          ESPNU          Clemson at Penn State          

9:00 p.m.          ESPN             Illinois at North Carolina      

9:30 p.m.          ESPN2           Miami at Michigan


Wednesday, Nov. 30

7:00 p.m.          ESPN             Georgia Tech at Michigan State

7:30 p.m.          ESPN2           Minnesota at Maryland

8:00 p.m.          ESPNU          Northwestern at Virginia

9:00 p.m.          ESPN             Duke at Indiana

9:30 p.m.          ESPN2           N.C. State at Iowa


Yearly Results

1999: ACC 5-4

2000: ACC 5-4

2001: ACC 5-3

2002: ACC 5-4

2003: ACC 7-2

2004: ACC 7-2


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