"I'm very excited to be a part of the ninth annual Big Ten/ACC Challenge," head coach Tubby Smith said. "ESPN always puts on a great event featuring two of the premiere conferences in college basketball. It will be a tough challenge playing the Seminoles in Tallahassee, but the Gophers will be ready for it. I've coached against Leonard Hamilton in the past and he is a close friend. His teams are always well-prepared and will be tough to beat at home."
Minnesota holds a 3-5 record in the Challenge, losing to Clemson, 90-68, last season at Williams Arena. For the third consecutive year, the event will feature 11 games (an increase from nine in the six previous years) from 11 different college campuses and include two telecasts on ESPNU, the 24-hour college sports network. ESPN and ESPN2 will combine to televise the remaining nine games. This year's event will be played on the Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday after Thanksgiving (November 26-28).
This year's schedule will be highlighted by the first-ever meeting between basketball powers Wisconsin and Duke, a rematch of last year's Ohio State-North Carolina Challenge game and first-ever Challenge showdowns -- Georgia Tech-Indiana, Wake Forest-Iowa, Boston College-Michigan, N.C. State-Michigan State and Virginia Tech-Penn State.
2007 Big Ten/ACC Challenge Schedule (All Times CT)
Monday, Nov. 26
Wake Forest at Iowa 6 p.m. ESPN2
Tuesday, Nov. 27
Georgia Tech at Indiana 6 p.m. ESPN
Minnesota at Florida State 6:30 p.m. ESPN2
Northwestern at Virginia 7 p.m. ESPNU
Wisconsin at Duke 8 p.m. ESPN
Purdue at Clemson 8:30 p.m. ESPN2
Wednesday, Nov. 28
N.C. State at Michigan State 6 p.m. ESPN
Illinois at Maryland` 6:30 p.m, ESPN2
Boston College at Michigan 7 p.m. ESPNU
North Carolina at Ohio State 8 p.m. ESPN
Virginia Tech at Penn State 8:30 p.m. ESPN2
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