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Men's Basketball
Buckeyes Headed to Durham for ACC/B1G Challenge

By Brandon Castel

COLUMBUS, Ohio — For the first time in program history, the Ohio State men’s basketball team will play a game at Cameron Indoor Stadium as a part of the 2012 ACC/Big Ten Challenge.

Duke, which has won 11 of its 13 Challenge games, will host Ohio State on Wed., Nov. 28 in its quest for an event-record 12th victory. The Blue Devils were wiped out last year in a 85-63 loss to the Buckeyes at Value City Arena in Columbus.

That game, which propelled Ohio State on a Final Four run, was the highest-rated and most-viewed Challenge game ever, averaging a 2.6 rating and 2,618,000 households. The telecast propelled ESPN to its most-viewed Challenge, averaging 1,555,000 households, based on a 1.6 rating.

Hall-of-fame coach Mike Krzyzewski also lost to Wisconsin in 2009, and the Big Ten Conference has won the last three Challenges after dropping the first 10 against the ACC. The Buckeyes are 3-3 all-time against Duke, having won the last three meetings after landing in a 0-3 hole to start off the series.

At 6-5, the Buckeyes also hold the best record among Big Ten teams in the B1G/ACC Challenge. The next best is Michigan State, at 6-6, following by Illinois, Wisconsin and Northwestern—all of whom are 6-7 in the Challenge.

Ohio State has won its last four games in the Challenge. They beat Miami (Fla.) in 2008, followed by back-to-back wins over Florida State, before the big victory over Duke last season.

The Ohio State-Duke rematch is one of three marquee matchups that will headline the 14th annual ACC/Big Ten Challenge Presented by DICK’S Sporting Goods on Nov. 27-28.

On Tuesday night, No. 13-ranked North Carolina will play Indiana in Bloomington at Assembly Hall, while sixth-ranked N.C. State will travel to Ann Arbor to play No. 5-ranked Michigan.

The times and television networks for these games have yet to be determined. 

  • First Challenge Matchups: Four of the telecasts will feature first-time Challenge matchups: Virginia at No. 22 Wisconsin, Maryland at Northwestern, No. 9 Michigan State at Miami and Georgia Tech at Illinois.

    In addition to first-time Challenge games, several of the teams are infrequent opponents: Michigan State and Miami have never met; Northwestern and Maryland played one other time, a Northwestern victory in 1958; Virginia and Wisconsin split its two games, Virginia in 1975 and Wisconsin in 1999; and Illinois has defeated Georgia Tech in six of its seven games, including the last one in 2001.
  • Tourney Teams: Eleven teams between the two conferences played in the 2012 NCAA Tournament: Duke, Florida State, North Carolina, NC State and Virginia from the ACC, and Indiana, Michigan, Michigan State, Ohio State, Purdue and Wisconsin from the Big Ten.
  • Following a First with a Rematch: Boston College and Penn State and Nebraska and Wake Forest will follow first-time Challenge meetings with a second consecutive showdown in the event. Boston College, which won its first five games, lost to Penn State last year, while Nebraska lost its Challenge debut to Wake Forest.
  • Threepeat: Five of the games will mark three-time Challenge matchups: North Carolina at Indiana (Indiana win in 2001 and North Carolina in 2004), NC State at Michigan (Michigan win in 2003 and NC State in 2006), Ohio State at Duke (Duke win in 2002 and Ohio State in 2011), Iowa at Virginia Tech (won by Virginia Tech in 2006 and 2009) and Purdue at Clemson (Purdue win in 2003 and Clemson in 2007).
  • Three and one more: Minnesota and Florida State will meet for the fourth time (Minnesota won in 2000 and Florida State in 2004 and 2007).



Tue, Nov 27

No. 13 North Carolina at No. 1 Indiana


No. 6 NC State at No. 5 Michigan


No. 25 Minnesota at Florida State


Maryland at Northwestern


Iowa at Virginia Tech


Nebraska at Wake Forest

Wed, Nov 28

No. 8 Ohio State at No. 15 Duke


Virginia at No. 22 Wisconsin


No. 9 Michigan State at Miami


Purdue at Clemson


Georgia Tech at Illinois


Boston College at Penn State

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