The 17th annual Big Ten/ACC Challenge will conclude with a possible matchup of top-15 teams as No. 6 Duke will welcome No. 14 Indiana to Durham, N.C., with tipoff set for 9:15 p.m. (ET), Dec. 2. Duke is 14-2 all-time in Challenge play and owns an overall record of 4-3 against Indiana.
Duke will look to extend a two-game win streak against the Hoosiers after the Blue Devils defeated Indiana, 54-51, Nov. 28, 2006, in Cameron Indoor Stadium. In the teams’ previous meeting, Duke downed Indiana, 75-67, Nov. 30, 2005, while playing on the road.
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, fromMonday, Nov. 30 through Wednesday, Dec. 2.
The Big Ten captured last year’s Commissioner’s Cup, winning eight of the 14 matchups. The two conferences split the previous two events, winning six Challenge games each in 2012 and 2013. The ACC won the first 10 Challenges (1999-2008), while the Big Ten won the next three (2009-2011).
Duke has won its last three meetings in Challenge play, including an 80-70 victory over Wisconsin, which proved to be a preview of the national championship game. Tyus Jones scored a team-high 22 points in the contest, including 14 in the second half. Jones shot an efficient 7-of-11 (.636) from the field, while also leading all teammates in rebounds (6) and assists (4).
Big Ten/ACC Challenge highlights
- Eight teams in the ESPN.com men’s preseason top 25 poll: No. 1 Maryland, No. 2 North Carolina, No. 4 Virginia, No. 6 Duke, No. 14 Indiana, No. 16 Notre Dame, No. 19 Michigan State and No. 24 Wisconsin.
- The potential of two top-15 matchups:
- No. 1 Maryland traveling to former ACC foe No. 2 North Carolina Tuesday at 9:30 p.m. on ESPN.
- A Challenge culmination of No. 14 Indiana at No. 6 Duke Wednesday at 9:15 p.m. on ESPN.
- No. 4 Virginia travels to Ohio State Tuesday at 7:30 p.m. on ESPN.
- Wednesday’s ESPN schedule begins with No. 12 Michigan State hosting Louisville at 7:15 p.m.
- ESPN2’s Wednesday night schedule features No. 25 Wisconsin at Syracuse at 7:15 p.m., followed by No. 16 Notre Dame at Illinois’ newly-renovated arena at 9:15 p.m.
- The Challenge schedule includes eight of the top 25 teams in ESPN’s RecruitingNation Class Rankings: No. 1 Duke, No. 8 Syracuse, No. 9 Ohio State, No. 11 Florida State, No. 13 Louisville, No. 18 Michigan State, No. 21 Illinois and No. 23 Purdue.
- Thirteen teams played in the 2015 NCAA Championship and three in the NIT:
- The ACC had five teams qualify behind Duke’s national title: Louisville, NC State, North Carolina, Notre Dame and Virginia.
- The Big Ten saw seven teams earn berths – Indiana, Iowa, Maryland, Michigan State, Ohio State, Purdue and Wisconsin.
- Miami played for the 2015 NIT title, while Pittsburgh and Illinois both advanced.
2015 Big Ten/ACC Challenge (subject to change)
Monday, Nov. 30
7 p.m. – Wake Forest at Rutgers – ESPNU
9 p.m. – Clemson at Minnesota – ESPN2
Tue, Dec 1
7 p.m. – Michigan at NC State – ESPN2
7 p.m. – Northwestern at Virginia Tech – ESPNU
7:30 p.m. – No. 4 Virginia at Ohio State – ESPN
9 p.m. – Miami (Fla.) at Nebraska – ESPNU
9 p.m. – Purdue at Pittsburgh – ESPN2
9:30 p.m. – No. 1 Maryland at No. 2 North Carolina – ESPN
Wed, Dec 2
7:15 p.m. – Louisville at No. 19 Michigan State – ESPN
7:15 p.m. – No. 24 Wisconsin at Syracuse – ESPN2
7:15 p.m. – Penn State at Boston College – ESPNU
9:15 p.m. – No. 14 Indiana at No. 6 Duke – ESPN
9:15 p.m. – No. 16 Notre Dame at Illinois – ESPN2
9:15 p.m. – Florida State at Iowa – ESPNU