The game will be televised by ESPN2. This will mark the first time the Wolfpack and Hawkeyes will have clashed in the challenge.
The Hawkeyes will enter the season as one of the favorites to win the Big 10 conference. Iowa finished the 2004-2005 season with a 21-12 overall record, losing to Cincinnati in the opening round of the NCAA Tournament.
The Hawkeyes will return all five starters from the final 13 games of the 2005 season, including three players, Greg Brunner, Adam Haluska and Jeff Horner, who earned all-Big Ten recognition. Both Horner and Brunner will be seniors and both have scored over 1,000 career points, while Haluska scored 467 points in 2005. Center Erek Hansen returns for his senior season and guard Mike Henderson, like Haluska, will be a junior.
Iowa will return 84.6% of its scoring from 2005, along with 90.9% of its rebounding, 81.6% of its assists and 78.5% of its steals. Iowa's returning players shot 45.5% from the field, 38.7% from three-point range and 71.9% from the free throw line.
NC State will also return an experienced squad, welcoming back four starters from last year's team that advanced into the NCAA Tournament. Another player who started earlier in the season, senior guard Tony Bethel, will also return. The Wolfpack will have to replace seniors Julius Hodge, Levi Watkins, and Jordan Collins.
2005 ACC-Big Ten Challenge Schedule (ALL TIMES ET)
Monday, Nov. 28
ESPN2 Virginia Tech at
Tuesday, Nov. 29
ESPN2 Purdue at
ESPNU Clemson at
ESPN Georgia Tech at
ESPNU Northwestern at
ESPN Duke at
2005 Challenge highlights:
ESPNU Televises Two Additional Games:
The launch of ESPNU will provide fans with coverage of two additional Challenge games, both at : Clemson at
Three Final Four Teams in Action:
Top Programs in Competition:
Five of the top 10 teams in last year's final ESPN/USA Today rankings and seven of the top 25 will compete in the Challenge -- #1
Perennial Powers Meet:
College basketball tradition-rich programs Duke and Indiana will meet in
New Teams to the Challenge:
This year's Challenge will include two new teams with the addition of
The ACC has won the Commissioner's Cup six straight years.
The 2005 Challenge will mark the first year of a six-year agreement (through 2010) between ESPN, the ACC and the Big Ten to continue the annual men's college basketball inter-conference Challenge.
ESPN and ESPN2's coverage of the 2004 ACC/Big Ten Challenge experienced significant audience growth over the 2003 event. ESPN's four telecasts in 2004 averaged a 1.6 rating and 1,423,000 households for increases of 33% (vs. 1.2) and 30% (vs. 1,094,000) over the four games in 2003. ESPN2's five matchups averaged a 0.6 rating and 495,000 households for increases of 50% (vs. 0.4) and 35% (vs. 365,000) over 2003's five telecasts.
In addition, 2004's coverage included ESPN's highest-rated and most-viewed Challenge telecast ever:
The ACC Media Relations contributed to this report.