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Beginning in 1999, the ACC – Big Ten Challenge (or Big Ten – ACC Challenge, the named order changes each year) is an in-season NCAA college basketball series, matching up teams from the Atlantic Coast Conference and the Big Ten Conference. ESPN was a key part of the creation of the challenge, and holds the broadcast rights to all the games. The Big Ten won the challenge for the first time in 2009, ending the ten-year ACC stranglehold in the challenge. The ACC had previously participated in the ACC – Big East Challenge in the late 1980s and early 1990s.[1]

The ACC – Big Ten Challenge occurs early in the season, typically around late November/early December. The games are hosted by each of the schools. Nine games were played for each of the first 6 challenges, leaving two teams from the 11-team Big Ten Conference without an opponent. With the expansion of the ACC to 12 teams with the addition of Boston College, Miami and Virginia Tech, the field was expanded to 11 games in 2006, meaning that one ACC team would not play. It is expected that when Nebraska joins the Big Ten, the challenge will be expanded to 12 games and every member from both conferences will participate.

ESPN, the ACC and the Big Ten announced in early 2005 that they were extending the challenge for an additional six years.[1]

Only one Big Ten team, Michigan State University, has managed a non-losing record in the challenge. Despite the ACC's decided advantage, both conferences have had significant success on the national stage. Since the inception of the Challenge, a total of 9 teams from these two conferences have gone on to play in the Final Four, with 2000 national champion Michigan State, 2001 and 2010 national champion Duke, 2002 national champion Maryland, and 2005 and 2009 national champion North Carolina among them.

In the year 2007, the ACC – Big Ten Women's Challenge was founded.

Team records[]

Atlantic Coast Conference (10–1)[]

Institution Wins Loss Home Wins Home Losses Away Wins Away Losses Neutral Wins Neutral Losses
Boston College Eagles 4 0 2 0 2 0 0 0
Clemson Tigers 8 3 4 1 4 2 0 0
Duke Blue Devils 10 1 3 0 3 1 4 0
Florida State Seminoles 6 5 4 1 2 4 0 0
Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets 4 6 3 1 1 4 0 1
Maryland Terrapins 8 3 5 0 2 1 1 2
Miami Hurricanes 1 3 0 1 1 2 0 0
NC State Wolfpack 5 5 4 1 1 4 0 0
North Carolina Tar Heels 6 5 2 3 3 2 1 0
Virginia Cavaliers 5 5 4 1 1 4 0 0
Virginia Tech Hokies 2 3 1 1 1 2 0 0
Wake Forest Demon Deacons 8 2 5 0 3 2 0 0
Overall 67 41 37 10 24 28 6 3

Big Ten Conference (1–10)[]

Institution Wins Loss Home Wins Home Losses Away Wins Away Losses Neutral Wins Neutral Losses
Illinois Fighting Illini 4 7 2 2 2 2 0 3
Indiana Hoosiers 3 6 1 3 1 3 1 0
Iowa Hawkeyes 2 6 2 1 0 3 0 2
Michigan Wolverines 3 5 2 2 0 3 1 0
Michigan State Spartans 5 5 4 2 1 3 0 0
Minnesota Golden Gophers 4 6 3 2 1 4 0 0
Northwestern Wildcats 4 7 3 2 1 5 0 0
Ohio State Buckeyes 4 5 3 2 1 2 0 1
Penn State Nittany Lions 4 5 2 2 2 3 0 0
Purdue Boilermakers 3 6 3 2 0 4 0 0
Wisconsin Badgers 5 6 3 1 1 5 1 0
Overall 40 64 28 21 10 37 3 6

Results[]

2010[]

Date Time ACC Team Big Ten Team Location Television Attendance Winner Challenge
Leader
Mon., Nov. 29 7:00PM Virginia Minnesota Williams ArenaMinneapolis, MN ESPN2
Tue., Nov. 30 7:00PM Wake Forest Iowa LJVM ColiseumWinston-Salem, NC ESPNU
7:00PM Georgia Tech Northwestern Welsh-Ryan ArenaEvanston, IL ESPN2
7:30PM Florida State Ohio State Donald L. Tucker CenterTallahassee, FL ESPN
9:00PM Clemson Michigan Littlejohn ColiseumClemson, SC ESPN2
9:30PM North Carolina Illinois Assembly HallChampaign, IL ESPN
Wed., Dec. 1 7:15PM Boston College Indiana Conte ForumChestnut Hill, MA ESPNU
7:15PM NC State Wisconsin Kohl CenterMadison, WI ESPN2
7:30PM Virginia Tech Purdue Cassell ColiseumBlacksburg, VA ESPN
9:15PM Maryland Penn State Bryce Jordan CenterUniversity Park, PA ESPN2
9:30PM Duke Michigan State Cameron Indoor StadiumDurham, NC ESPN
Game Times in EST. Rankings from ESPN Coaches Poll (11/30).
Miami did not play due to their last place finish in the ACC during the 2009–2010 season.
The North Carolina/Illinois match-up was a rematch of the 2005 NCAA Championship game and is the fourth in the ACC/B10 Challenge (ILL 2-1). Virginia and Minnesota will also meet for the fourth time in the event (MIN 2-1).

2009[]

Date Time ACC Team Big Ten Team Location Television Attendance Winner Challenge
Leader
Mon., Nov. 30 7:00PM Virginia Penn State John Paul Jones ArenaCharlottesville, VA ESPN2
8,898
Penn State (69-66)
Big Ten (1-0)
Tue., Dec. 1 7:00PM Wake Forest #4 Purdue Mackey ArenaWest Lafayette, IN ESPN
14,123
Purdue (69-58)
Big Ten (2-0)
7:00PM NC State Northwestern RBC CenterRaleigh, NC ESPNU
11,913
Northwestern (65-53)
Big Ten (3-0)
7:30PM Maryland Indiana Assembly HallBloomington, IN ESPN2
17,039
Maryland (80-68)
Big Ten (3-1)
9:00PM #10 North Carolina #9 Michigan State Dean Smith CenterChapel Hill, NC ESPN
21,346
North Carolina (89-82)
Big Ten (3-2)
9:30PM Virginia Tech Iowa Carver-Hawkeye ArenaIowa City, IA ESPN2
8,755
Virginia Tech (70-64)
Tied (3-3)
Wed., Dec. 2 7:15PM #18 Clemson Illinois Littlejohn ColiseumClemson, SC ESPN
10,000
Illinois (76-74)
Big Ten (4-3)
7:15PM Miami Minnesota BankUnited CenterCoral Gables, FL ESPNU
5,157
Miami (63-58)
Tied (4-4)
7:30PM Boston College Michigan Crisler ArenaAnn Arbor, MI ESPN2
10,718
Boston College (62-58)
ACC (5-4)
9:15PM #6 Duke Wisconsin Kohl CenterMadison, WI ESPN
17,230
Wisconsin (73-69)
Tied (5-5)
9:30PM Florida State #15 Ohio State Jerome Schottenstein CenterColumbus, OH ESPN2
13,514
Ohio State (77-64) Big Ten (6-5)
Game Times in EST. Rankings from ESPN Coaches Poll (11/30). At the time of the poll Florida State was ranked #21 in the AP poll but unranked in the ESPN poll.
Georgia Tech did not play due to their last place finish in the ACC during the 2008–2009 season.
The North Carolina/Michigan St. match-up was a rematch of the 2008–09 NCAA Championship game.

2008[]

Date Time ACC Team Big Ten Team Location Television Attendance Winner Challenge
Leader
Mon., Dec. 1 7:00PM Virginia Tech Wisconsin Cassell ColiseumBlacksburg, VA ESPN2
9,847
Wisconsin (74-72)
BigTen (1-0)
Tue., Dec. 2 7:00PM Boston College Iowa Conte ForumChestnut Hill, MA ESPNU
4,084
Boston College (57-55)
Tied (1-1)
7:00PM #22 Miami (FL) Ohio State BankUnited CenterCoral Gables, FL ESPN
5,870
Ohio State (73-68)
BigTen (2-1)
7:30PM Clemson Illinois Assembly HallChampaign, IL ESPN2
14,741
Clemson (76-74)
Tied (2-2)
9:00PM #4 Duke #10 Purdue Mackey ArenaWest Lafayette, IN ESPN
14,123
Duke (76-60)
ACC (3-2)
9:30PM Virginia Minnesota Williams ArenaMinneapolis, MN ESPN2
12,424
Minnesota (66-56)
Tied (3-3)
Wed., Dec. 3 7:15PM #17 Wake Forest Indiana LJVM ColiseumWinston-Salem, NC ESPN
12,445
Wake Forest (83-58)
ACC (4-3)
7:30PM Maryland Michigan Comcast CenterCollege Park, MD ESPNU
17,950
Maryland (75-70)
ACC (5-3)
7:30PM Georgia Tech Penn State Alexander Memorial ColiseumAtlanta, GA ESPN2
7,900
Penn State (85-83)
ACC (5-4)
9:15PM #1 North Carolina #12 Michigan State Ford FieldDetroit, MI
(Basketbowl II)
ESPN
25,267
North Carolina (98-63)
ACC (6-4)
9:30PM Florida State Northwestern Welsh-Ryan ArenaEvanston, IL ESPN2
3,537
Northwestern (73-59)
ACC (6-5)
Game Times in EST. Rankings from ESPN Coaches Poll.
North Carolina State did not play due to their last place finish in the ACC during the 2007–2008 season.

2007[]

ACC Team Big Ten Team Outcome Location ACC B10
Wake Forest Iowa WF 56–47[2] Iowa City, IA X
Georgia Tech Indiana IND 83–79[3] Bloomington, IN X
Florida State Minnesota FSU 75–61[4] Tallahassee, FL X
Virginia Northwestern UVA 94–52[5] Charlottesville, VA X
Duke Wisconsin Duke 82–58[6] Durham, NC X
Clemson Purdue CLEM 61–58[7] Clemson, SC X
NC State Michigan State MSU 81–58[8] East Lansing, MI X
Maryland Illinois UMD 69–61[9] College Park, MD X
Boston College Michigan BC 77–64[10] Ann Arbor, MI X
North Carolina Ohio State UNC 66–55[11] Columbus, OH X
Virginia Tech Penn State PSU 66–61[12] State College, PA X
RESULT ACC 8 3

Notes: Miami did not play.

2006[]

ACC Team Big Ten Team Outcome Location ACC B10
NC State Michigan NCSU 74–67[13] Raleigh, NC X
Maryland Illinois UMD 72–66[14] Champaign, IL X
Florida State Wisconsin WISC 81–66[15] Madison, WI X
Georgia Tech Penn State GT 77–73[16] Atlanta, GA X
Duke Indiana Duke 54–51[17] Durham, NC X
Miami Northwestern NW 61–59[18] Evanston, IL X
Boston College Michigan State BC 65–58[19] Chestnut Hill, MA X
Virginia Purdue PUR 61–59[20] West Lafayette, IN X
Virginia Tech Iowa VT 69–65[21] Blacksburg, VA X
North Carolina Ohio State UNC 98–89[22] Chapel Hill, NC X
Clemson Minnesota CLEM 90–68[23] Minneapolis, MN X
RESULT ACC 8 3

Notes: Wake Forest did not play.

2005[]

ACC Team Big Ten Team Outcome Location ACC B10
Virginia Tech Ohio State OSU 69–56[24] Columbus, OH X
Wake Forest Wisconsin WF 91–88[25] Winston-Salem, NC X
Florida State Purdue FSU 97–57[26] Tallahassee, FL X
Clemson Penn State CLEM 96–88[27] State College, PA X
North Carolina Illinois ILL 68–64[28] Chapel Hill, NC X
Miami Michigan MICH 74–53[29] Ann Arbor, MI X
Georgia Tech Michigan State MSU 88–86[30] East Lansing, MI X
Maryland Minnesota UMD 83–66[31] College Park, MD X
Virginia Northwestern UVA 72–57[32] Charlottesville, VA X
Duke Indiana Duke 75–67[33] Bloomington, IN X
NC State Iowa Iowa 45–42[34] Iowa City, IA X
RESULT ACC 6 5

Notes:

  • Boston College did not play.
  • The North Carolina/Illinois match-up was a rematch of the 2004–2005 NCAA Championship game.

2004[]

ACC Team Big Ten Team Outcome Location ACC B10
NC State Purdue NCST 60–53[35] Raleigh, NC X
Georgia Tech Michigan GT 99–68[36] Atlanta, GA X
Florida State Minnesota FSU 70–69[37] Minneapolis, MN X
Duke Michigan State Duke 81–74[38] Durham, NC X
Maryland Wisconsin WISC 69–64[39] Madison, WI X
Wake Forest Illinois ILL 91–73[40] Champaign, IL X
Clemson Ohio State CLEM 80–73[41] Clemson, SC X
Virginia Northwestern UVA 48–44[42] Evanston, IL X
North Carolina Indiana UNC 70–63[43] Bloomington, IN X
RESULT ACC 7 2

Notes: Penn State, Iowa, Miami, Virginia Tech did not play.

2003[]

ACC Team Big Ten Team Outcome Location ACC B10
Florida State Northwestern FSU 71–53 [44] Tallahassee, FL X
Wake Forest Indiana WF 100–67 [45] Winston-Salem, NC X
NC State Michigan MICH 68–61[46] Ann Arbor, MI X
North Carolina Illinois UNC 88–81[47] Greensboro, NC X
Maryland Wisconsin UMD 73–67[48] College Park, MD X
Georgia Tech Ohio State GT 73–53[49] Columbus, OH X
Clemson Purdue PUR 76–64[50] West Lafayette, IN X
Duke Michigan State Duke 72–50[51] East Lansing, MI X
Virginia Minnesota UVA 86–78[52] Charlottesville, VA X
RESULT ACC 7 2

Notes: Iowa, Penn State did not play.

2002[]

ACC Team Big Ten Team Outcome Location ACC B10
Florida State Iowa FSU 80–67 Tallahassee, FL X
Duke Ohio State Duke 91–76 Greensboro, NC X
North Carolina Illinois ILL 92–65 Champaign, IL X
Maryland Indiana IND 80–74 (OT) Indianapolis, IN X
Clemson Penn State CLEM 79–70 Anderson, SC X
Wake Forest Wisconsin WF 90–80 Madison, WI X
NC State Northwestern NCSU 74–49 Raleigh, NC X
Virginia Michigan State MSU 82–75 East Lansing, MI X
Georgia Tech Minnesota MINN 64–63 Minneapolis, MN X
RESULT ACC 5 4

Notes:

  • Michigan and Purdue did not play.
  • The Indiana/Maryland game was a rematch of the 2001–2002 NCAA national title game in Atlanta, GA.

2001[]

ACC Team Big Ten Team Score Location ACC B10
Wake Forest Minnesota 85–79 Winston-Salem, NC X
Duke Iowa 80–62 Chicago, IL X
NC State Ohio State 64–50 Columbus, OH X
Maryland Illinois 76–63 College Park, MD X
North Carolina Indiana 79–66 Chapel Hill, NC X
Clemson Penn State 79–66 State College, PA X
Georgia Tech Wisconsin 62–61 Atlanta, GA X
Florida State Northwestern 57–50 Evanston, IL X
Virginia Michigan St. Cancelled Richmond, VA
RESULT ACC 5 3

Notes:

  • Michigan and Purdue did not play.
  • Michigan State vs. Virginia, at Richmond Coliseum, was cancelled during the game's second half due to unsafe court conditions. Virginia led 31–28 at the time the game was called.

2000[]

ACC Team Big Ten Team Score Location ACC B10
Wake Forest Michigan 71–60 Ann Arbor, MI X
Duke Illinois 78–77 Greensboro, NC X
Clemson Northwestern 57–44 Clemson, SC X
Georgia Tech Iowa 85–67 Iowa City, IA X
North Carolina Michigan State 77–64 East Lansing, MI X
NC State Penn State 84–76 Raleigh, NC X
Virginia Purdue 98–79 Charlottesville, VA X
Maryland Wisconsin 78–75 (OT) Milwaukee, WI X
Florida State Minnesota 79–71 Tallahassee, FL X
RESULT ACC 5 4

Notes: Indiana and Ohio State did not play.

1999[]

ACC Team Big Ten Team Score Location ACC B10
Wake Forest Wisconsin 67–48 Winston-Salem, NC X
Maryland Iowa 83–65 Baltimore, MD X
Duke Illinois 72–69 Chicago, IL X
Virginia Minnesota 74–62 Minneapolis, MN X
Georgia Tech Michigan 80–77 Atlanta, GA X
N.C. State Purdue 61–59 West Lafayette, IN X
Clemson Penn State 85–75 State College, PA X
North Carolina Michigan State 86–76 Chapel Hill, NC X
Florida State Northwestern 60–46 Evanston, IL X
RESULT ACC 5 4

Notes: Indiana and Ohio State did not play.

References[]

  1. Ginnetti, Toni (December 6, 1991). "Big 10 hopes to face ACC as replacement for Big East". Chicago Sun-Times. 

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