Back in 1999, Justin Gainey's 3-point shot with just seconds remaining gave the Pack a come-from-behind 61-59 victory in West Lafayette. NC State's all-time record in the ACC/Big Ten Challenge is 3-2.
The sixth annual ACC/Big Ten Challenge matchups will once again feature top college basketball programs playing for conference supremacy and the Commissioner's Cup. ESPN and ESPN2 will combine to televise the nine-game challenge Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday, November 29 through December 1, from nine different college campuses.
Since 2000, the ACC and the Big Ten have combined to make 10 Final Four appearances, capturing three of the last five NCAA Championships, including Maryland's title in 2002. In addition, the two conferences combine to rank either first or second in all-time NCAA Tournament bids, victories and Final Four appearances.
The ACC was the nation's highest rated league during the entire 2003-04 season according to the RPI report, with six teams that finished ranked in the final USA Today/ESPN Top 25 and seven that appeared in the polls over the course of the 2003-04 season. ACC teams posted a 91-16 (.850) record against non-conference opponents last season, including a 7-2 record in winning the ACC/Big Ten Challenge. The ACC has won the Commissioner's Cup in each of the five previous ACC/Big Ten Challenges.
2004 ACC/Big Ten Challenge Schedule
Monday, Nov. 29 7 p.m. ESPN2 Purdue at N.C. State Tuesday, Nov. 30 7 p.m. ESPN Michigan at Georgia Tech 7:30 p.m. ESPN2 Florida State at Minnesota 9 p.m. ESPN Michigan State at Duke 9:30 p.m. ESPN2 MARYLAND at Wisconsin Wednesday, Dec. 1 7 p.m. ESPN Wake Forest at Illinois 7:30 p.m. ESPN2 Ohio State at Clemson 9 p.m. ESPN North Carolina at Indiana 9:30 p.m. ESPN2 Virginia at Northwestern