IU, Duke To Meet Again in Challenge

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. - For the second time in as many years, two of college basketball's tradition-rich programs will square off in the eighth annual Big Ten/ACC Challenge when Indiana travels to Durham, N.C., for the first time in school history, to take on the Duke Blue Devils on Tuesday, Nov. 28, at 9 p.m. ET (8 p.m. CT) on ESPN.

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. - For the second time in as many years, two of college basketball's tradition-rich programs will square off in the eighth annual Big Ten/ACC Challenge when Indiana travels to Durham, N.C., for the first time in school history, to take on the Duke Blue Devils on Tuesday, Nov. 28, at 9 p.m. ET (8 p.m. CT) on ESPN. The contest marks the fifth time in the last six years that IU has played either the ACC regular season or tournament champions, and the third time to face them on the road.

"Duke is the premier basketball program in the nation," Sampson said. " For us, this is a great opportunity and to me, it is an honor to go to Duke and play. Playing Duke will be a great experience for our kids and will certainly prepare us for the wars we are going to have to play in the Big Ten."

IU and Duke have met on six previous occasions, with the two national powerhouse programs winning three times apiece. Last season in the Big Ten/ACC Challenge, the Blue Devils narrowly escaped a raucous crowd and furious Hoosier comeback, to take a 75-67 victory in Duke's first-ever trip to Bloomington. IU was led by Marco Killingsworth's phenomenal performance, scoring a career-high 34 points on 15-of-20 shooting to go along with 10 rebounds.

Indiana's last victory over Duke came March 21, 2002 in the NCAA Midwest Regional semifinal in Lexington, Ky. In one of the more memorable NCAA Tournament games in school history, the Hoosiers overcame a 17-point halftime defecit to post a 74-73 come-from-behind victory over the Blue Devils. The Hoosiers would go on to compete for the national title, before falling to Maryland.

In all, the two schools have combined for eight national championships and 144 NCAA Tournament victories. The Hoosiers rank third all-time with five national titles and sixth with 59 tournament wins, while the Blue Devils rank fifth with three championships and third with 85 NCAA postseason triumphs.

Since 2000, the two conferences have combined to make 13 Final Four appearances and capture four of the last seven NCAA Championships. In addition, the ACC and Big Ten rank either first or second in all-time NCAA Tournament bids, victories and Final Four appearances.

2006 Big Ten/ACC Challenge Schedule (ALL TIMES ET)
Monday, Nov. 27
7 p.m., ESPN2 - Michigan @ North Carolina State

Tuesday, Nov. 28
7 p.m., ESPN - Maryland @ Illinois
7:30 p.m., ESPN2 - Florida State @ Wisconsin
8 p.m., ESPNU - Penn State @ Georgia Tech
9 p.m., ESPN - Indiana @ Duke
9:30 p.m., ESPN2 - Miami, FL @ Northwestern

Wednesday, Nov. 29
7 p.m., ESPN - Michigan State @ Boston College
7:30 p.m., ESPN2 - Virginia @ Purdue
8 p.m., ESPNU - Iowa @ Virginia Tech
9 p.m., ESPN - Ohio State @ North Carolina
9:30 p.m., ESPN2 - Clemson @ Minnesota

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