December Heat Wave: Big Ten/ACC Challenge Schedule

December Heat Wave
ACC Nation Staff @accnation

Blame it on Global Climate Change. December is going to experience a heat wave and it’s definitely man-made. The Big Ten/ACC Challenge schedule is out and some of the match-ups are made in heaven. This year’s action runs from Monday, December 2 to Wednesday, December 4 with 14 teams from each conference playing for the Commissioner’s Cup. When it comes to talent both conferences are loaded. Get ready for some hot basketball in December.

But, aren’t there 15 ACC teams, you ask? Astute and correct as ever in that observation. Per usual, one team sits out and this year the honors go to Virginia Tech. Not to worry Hokies fans as there will be plenty of distractions for you during this time frame as well.

All of the games will be carried on the ESPN family of networks and streamed via the ESPN app. The new ACC Network will feature news and highlights of the Challenge, too.

This year’s Challenge features 14 teams that were in the 2019 NCAA Men’s Basketball Championship. The team lineup includes national champion Virginia and Michigan State who reached the Final Four. Also, Duke and Purdue who were among the Elite Eight plus Florida State, Michigan and North Carolina who made it to the Sweet 16.

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First ever head to head matchups in the Challenge this year include:

  • Boston College – Northwestern
  • Florida State – Indiana
  • Georgia Tech – Nebraska
  • Iowa – Syracuse
  • Louisville – Michigan
  • Maryland – Notre Dame
  • Penn State – Wake Forest
  • Pitt – Rutgers

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Preseason Top 25 In The Challenge

The most recent college basketball rankings come from Sports Illustrated. How do Big Ten and ACC teams stack up?

  • #1 Michigan State
  • #3 Duke
  • #4 Louisville
  • #7 Maryland
  • #9 Ohio State
  • #11 Virginia
  • #14 North Carolina
  • #24 Michigan

Enticing enough? Well, not until you look at the schedule and that should whet your appetite.


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Big Ten/ACC Men’s Basketball Schedule

  • Monday, December 2
  • Clemson at Minnesota
  • Miami at Illinois
  • Tuesday, December 3
  • Boston College hosts Northwestern
  • Duke at Michigan State
  • Florida State at Indiana
  • Louisville hosts Michigan
  • Pitt hosts Rutgers
  • Syracuse hosts Iowa
  • Wednesday, December 4
  • Georgia Tech hosts Nebraska
  • North Carolina hosts Ohio State
  • NC State hosts Wisconsin
  • Notre Dame at Maryland
  • Virginia at Purdue
  • Wake Forest at Penn State

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A complete time and network schedule will be released later.

The ACC leads the Challenge with a 12-5-3 record. The conference has won the event every year since 2015 with the exception of a tie in 2018. A complete time and network schedule will be released later.


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