Minnesota and Virginia have met a total of six times in each school's history, with the Cavaliers leading the series 3-2 (the 1993 matchup has since been vacated). The Gophers' last victory came during the 2008 Big Ten/ACC Challenge, a 66-56 triumph at Williams Arena. Minnesota head coach Tubby Smith is 1-1 all-time against the Cavaliers.
The Gophers are 4-7 in the challenge following last season's 63-58 loss to the University of Miami in Coral Gables. The Michigan State Spartans (5-5) and Wisconsin Badgers (5-6) are the only Big Ten teams with more victories than Minnesota in the 11 years of the challenge. Illinois (4-7), Northwestern (4-7) and Ohio State (4-5) each have four wins followed by Indiana (3-6), Michigan (3-6), Penn State (3-6) and Purdue (3-7) with three and Iowa (2-7) with two. Duke holds the best record at 10-1.
For the sixth consecutive year, the Challenge will feature 11 games and include two telecasts on ESPNU with ESPN and ESPN2 combining to televise the remaining nine games. ESPN3.com, the broadband sports television network from ESPN, will simulcast the ESPN and ESPN2 telecasts.
The Big Ten is the defending Challenge champion, defeating the ACC by a 6-to-5 margin a year ago. Road teams won six of the 11 games in 2009 and seven of the contests were decided by seven points or less, including four games by four points or fewer.
2010 Big Ten/ACC Challenge Schedule (times and networks are TBD)
Monday, Nov. 29
Virginia at Minnesota
Tuesday, Nov. 30
Iowa at Wake Forest
Michigan at Clemson
Ohio State at Florida State
North Carolina at Illinois
Georgia Tech at Northwestern
Wednesday, Dec. 1
Indiana at Boston College
Purdue at Virginia Tech
Michigan State at Duke
North Carolina State at Wisconsin
Maryland at Penn State
Gophers To Host Cavs in Big Ten/ACC Challenge
Gopher Illustrated Top Stories
The Latest...Souleymane KoureissiThis week Minnesota offered New York wing Souleymane Koureissi. The Gophers were the first high major offer for Koureissi and he’s guy the staff feels has strong potential.
Gopher IllustratedFriday at 11:58 AM
GI's projection on Minnesota's class on OWith the summer and camp season approaching, GI takes our best guess at Minnesota's 2018 recruiting class on the offensive side of the ball.
Gopher IllustratedFriday at 7:00 AM
PA LB Mosley has definite interest in MNHavertown (Pa.) defensive athlete Jordan Mosley has interest in the Gophers following his Minnesota offer, and he talks recruiting with GI.
Gopher IllustratedThursday at 10:52 AM
Jared Butler adds Minnesota offerSix-foot-3 guard Jared Butler out of Reserve, Louisiana is the latest prospect to receive an offer from Minnesota. GI caught up with Butler Wednesday night.
Gopher IllustratedThursday at 6:24 AM
Fitzgerald Granted Sixth Year of EligibilityUniversity of Minnesota forward Davonte Fitzgerald was granted a sixth-year of eligibility today from the NCAA.
Gopher IllustratedWednesday at 5:39 AM