12th Annual ACC/Big Ten Challenge Match-Ups Announced
May 12, 2010
Champaign, Ill. - Pairings for the 12th annual ACC/Big Ten Challenge Presented by Dick's Sporting Goods have been determined. Illinois will host North Carolina at the Assembly Hall on Tuesday, Nov. 30.
Illinois takes on North Carolina for the fourth time in the ACC/Big Ten Challenge, with the Fighting Illini winning two of the three previous Challenge meetings, 92-65 at the Assembly Hall in 2002 and 68-64 at Chapel Hill in 2005.
"We are excited to have the opportunity to host North Carolina in this year's Challenge," Illinois head coach Bruce Weber said. "We've faced the Tar Heels a number of times since I've been here and each game has been competitive and intense and has gone down to the wire. Our players are already talking about the match-up. They're looking forward to it and I'm sure the fans are as well. It will be a special atmosphere at The Hall on Nov. 30."
For the sixth consecutive year, the Challenge will feature 11 games. ESPN and ESPN2 will combine to televise nine games with the remaining two telecasts on ESPNU. 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. Illinois contributed to the Big Ten's victory with a thrilling 76-74 win at Clemson last season, erasing a 23-point second-half deficit to record the largest comeback win in Illini history.
2010 ACC/Big Ten Challenge Schedule (times and networks TBD)
Wednesday, Dec. 1