NC State to Host Purdue in ACC/Big Ten Challenge

The popular ACC/Big Ten Basketball Challenge will continue its run next season from November 29 through Dec. 1.

NC State will open the event by hosting Purdue at the RBC Center on Monday November 29 at 7:00 p.m. The game will be televised by ESPN2. This will mark the second time the Wolfpack and Boilermakers have clashed in the challenge.

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

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