D.J. Richardson and the Illini look for a fourth-straight win in the ACC/Big Ten Challenge, hosting Georgia Tech on Nov. 28 at 8 p.m. on ESPN2.
Aug. 7, 2012
Champaign, Ill. - ESPN announced the network and start time designations for the 14th annual ACC/Big Ten Challenge presented by DICK's Sporting Goods. Illinois will host Georgia Tech at the Assembly Hall on Wednesday, Nov. 28 at 8 p.m. CT on ESPN2.
The Fighting Illini and Yellow Jackets will meet for the eighth time overall and first in the ACC/Big Ten Challenge. Illinois holds a 6-1 advantage in the all-time series, including four straight wins. The teams last played on Nov. 23, 2001 in Las Vegas, a 105-66 Illini victory. This will mark the first meeting between the programs in Champaign since Jan. 22, 1989, when the Flyin' Illini earned the nation's No. 1-ranking after defeating Georgia Tech in double overtime by the score of 103-92.
Illinois owns an all-time record of 6-7 in the ACC/Big Ten Challenge, with its six Challenge wins tied for the most among Big Ten teams along with Michigan State, Northwestern, Ohio State and Wisconsin. The Illini carry a three-game winning streak in the Challenge after recording victories over Clemson (2009), North Carolina (2010) and Maryland (2011).
All 12 games of the two-day Challenge will be broadcast on ESPN, ESPN2 and ESPNU. All games will also be available via WatchESPN, which delivers live access to ESPN, ESPN2, ESPNU and ESPN3 on PCs, smartphones and tablets to fans who receive ESPN's linear networks as part of their video subscription from Comcast, Time Warner Cable, Bright House Networks or Verizon FiOS TV.
The ACC/Big Ten Challenge annually features top college basketball programs playing for conference supremacy and the Commissioner's Cup. The Big Ten won its third consecutive Challenge in 2011, while the ACC had captured the first 10 titles. In the event of a 6-6 tie, the Commissioner's Cup will remain with the conference that won it the previous year.
The full 2012 Challenge schedule can be found below (all times are Central):
Tuesday, Nov. 27
Iowa at Virginia Tech, ESPNU, 6:15 p.m.
Minnesota at Florida State, ESPN2, 6:15 p.m.
N.C. State at Michigan, ESPN, 6:30 p.m.
Nebraska at Wake Forest, ESPNU, 8:15 p.m.
Maryland at Northwestern, ESPN2, 8:15 p.m.
North Carolina at Indiana, ESPN, 8:30 p.m.
Wednesday, Nov. 28
Virginia at Wisconsin, ESPN2, 6 p.m.
Purdue at Clemson, ESPNU, 6:15 p.m.
Michigan State at Miami (Fla.), ESPN, 6:30 p.m.
Georgia Tech at Illinois, ESPN2, 8 p.m.
Boston College at Penn State, ESPNU, 8:15 p.m.
Ohio State at Duke, ESPN, 8:30 p.m.