The game will be nationally televised by ESPN 2 and will have a 9:30 PM tip-off. It will be the last of five games on the Challenge schedule on November 27. The event runs from November 26-28 at various ACC and Big Ten school sites. This will be the fourth meeting between Clemson and Purdue.
The Tigers won the first two games, a 72-66 overtime win at
Littlejohn Coliseum in 1971-72, and an 81-80 overtime win at Purdue
in 1973-74. The last meeting took place in 2003-04, Oliver
Purnell's first year at Clemson, and the 20th ranked Boilermakers
won the contest, 76-64 in West Lafayette, IN.
"We are always excited to play in the ACC vs. Big Ten
Challenge," said Clemson Head Coach Oliver Purnell. "It is even more
exciting to play host to the event. It will be a game I know our
fans and our team will look forward to.
"Purdue has been an outstanding program for many years. They
were an NCAA Tournament team last year and certainly will be among
the top teams in the Big Ten next season."
Purdue finished the 2006-07 season with a 22-12 record
overall and a 9-7 mark in the Big Ten. Matt Painter's team defeated
Virginia in the ACC vs. Big Ten Challenge last season, 61-59. They
advanced to the second round of the NCAA tournament with a victory
over Arizona before being eliminated by eventual national champion
Florida, 74-67. Purdue will return three starters for the 2007-08
Clemson will return four starters next year, all of whom
averaged in double figures. The Tigers finished the 2006-07 season
with a 25-11 record. Oliver Purnell's team tied a school record for
victories last year and advanced to the championship game of the NIT.
K.C. Rivers, Clemson's leading scorer last year as a sophomore, is
the top returning scorer with a 14.0 average. The rising junior
averaged 19.0 points per game in the five NIT games and was named to
the All-NIT team. Other double figure returning scorers for the
Tigers in 2007-08 are James Mays, Cliff Hammonds and Trevor Booker.
Clemson has a 6-2 record in the ACC vs. Big Ten Challenge.
Only Duke (8-0) and Wake Forest (6-1) have a better record than
Clemson in the history of the event. Clemson is 3-0 in home games in
the Challenge. The last time Clemson played a home game in the
event was the 2004 Challenge when Clemson defeated Ohio State.
Clemson has won three consecutive ACC vs. Big Ten Challenge games
under Oliver Purnell.
Clemson is 3-2 in ACC vs. Big Ten Challenge road games,
including last year's 90-66 win at Minnesota. Clemson is the only
school to win three road games in the challenge and the only school
to have played five road games in the challenge thus far.
2007 Big Ten/ACC Challenge Schedule
Monday, Nov. 26
7:00 p.m. ESPN2 Wake Forest at Iowa
Tuesday, Nov. 27
7:00 p.m. ESPN Georgia Tech at Indiana
7:30 p.m. ESPN2 Minnesota at Florida State
8:00 p.m. ESPNU Northwestern at Virginia
9:00 p.m. ESPN Wisconsin at Duke
9:30 p.m. ESPN2 Purdue at Clemson
Wednesday, Nov. 28
7:00 p.m. ESPN N.C. State at Michigan State
7:30 p.m. ESPN2 Illinois at Maryland
8:00 p.m. ESPNU Boston College at Michigan
9:00 p.m. ESPN North Carolina at Ohio State
9:30 p.m. ESPN2 Virginia Tech at Penn State
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