Big Ten/ACC Challenge Times set

The Big Ten released the times and television slots for the Big Ten/ACC Challenge. Indiana will be playing at North Carolina State at 7:15 p.m. on Nov. 30 on ESPN2. The rest of the release follows.

Networks and Times for 13th Annual Big Ten/ACC Challenge Announced

ESPN has finalized the network and time assignments for the 13th annual Big Ten/ACC Challenge Presented by DICK’S Sporting Goods to be played Nov. 29-30. ESPN, ESPN2, ESPNU and ESPN3.com will combine to televise all 12 games of the two-day event, one more than in the previous 12 Challenges because of the addition of Nebraska to the Big Ten Conference.

This year’s event will be highlighted by four traditional power programs expected to be highly ranked entering the 2011-12 season: Duke at Ohio State (Tuesday, Nov. 29, at 9:30 p.m. ET on ESPN and ESPN3.com) and Wisconsin at North Carolina (Wednesday, Nov. 30, at 9:30 p.m. on ESPN and ESPN3.com).

The 2011 Challenge – once again featuring top college basketball programs playing for conference supremacy and the Commissioner’s Cup — involves six teams ranked in an early preseason top 25 by ESPN.com senior college basketball writer Andy Katz, including three in the top five: No. 1 North Carolina, No. 3 Ohio State, No. 5 Duke, No. 11 Wisconsin, No. 21 Florida State and No. 23 Michigan.

The Big Ten won the Commissioner’s Cup for the second consecutive year while the ACC won the previous 10 Challenges. In the event of a 6-6 tie this year, the Commissioner’s Cup will remain with the conference that won the previous year.

2011 Big Ten/ACC Challenge schedule:

Date                       Time (ET)               Game                                                                     Network
Tue, Nov 29           7 p.m.                     No. 23 Michigan at Virginia                                ESPN2
7:15 p.m.               Northwestern at Georgia Tech                          ESPNU
7:30 p.m.               Illinois at Maryland                                              ESPN
9 p.m.                     Miami at Purdue                                                  ESPN2
9:15 p.m.               Clemson at Iowa                                                   ESPNU
9:30 p.m.               No. 5 Duke at No. 3 Ohio State                          ESPN
Wed, Nov 30         7:15 p.m.               Indiana at North Carolina State                          ESPN2
7:15 p.m.               Penn State at Boston College                             ESPNU
7:30 p.m.               No. 21 Florida State at Michigan State             ESPN
9:15 p.m.               Virginia Tech at Minnesota                                 ESPN2
9:15 p.m.               Wake Forest at Nebraska                                   ESPNU
9:30 p.m.               No. 11 Wisconsin at No. 1 North Carolina       ESPN

Since 2000, the ACC (10) and the Big Ten (nine) have combined for 19 Final Four appearances and six national titles: North Carolina (2009 and 2005), Maryland (2002), Duke (2001 and 2010) and Michigan State (2000). The ACC leads in NCAA Tournament victories and Final Four appearances while the Big Ten is first in Tournament appearances.

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