ACC/BIg Ten Challenge Gives Michgian Home Game Against N.C. State

October 30, 2020 

ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- In conjunction with ESPN and the Big Ten and Atlantic Coast conferences, the University of Michigan men's basketball team announced today (Friday, Oct. 30) that the Wolverines will host North Carolina State for the 2020 ACC/Big Ten Challenge on Wednesday, Dec. 9, at Crisler Center.

Tip times and television designations for all Challenge games will be assigned by ESPN at a later date.

Entering its 22nd year, the 14-game annual event will be played over a two-day period -- Tuesday and Wednesday, Dec. 8-9 -- with seven games slated for each day. All Challenge games will be televised on ESPN, ESPN2 or ESPNU.

The Wolverines have played the Wolfpack more than any other ACC team in the Challenge series. The 2020 match-up in Ann Arbor will mark the fifth time the two teams have met, as the Maize and Blue hold a 3-1 advantage.

After a two-year hiatus from the Challenge, U-M hosted N.C. State in 2003 and claimed a 68-61 victory as four Wolverines scored in double figures led by Daniel Horton's 16 points. Three years later, the Wolverines headed to Raleigh, N.C., for the second meeting. Despite 24 points from Dion Harris, the Wolverines could not overcome a seven-point halftime deficit and dropped a 74-67 decision at the RBC Center.

In a second home game in Ann Arbor in 2012, Trey Burke had 18 points and 11 assists and Tim Hardaway Jr. posted 16 points as the Wolverines went on to a 79-72 win at Crisler. Heading back to the Raleigh in 2015, U-M scored a 66-59 victory at PNC Arena, guided by Caris LeVert's 18 points, nine rebounds and seven assists, along with Duncan Robinson's five three-pointers off the bench.

Michigan has played in 19 of the 21 Challenge series and holds an 8-11 all-time record. The Wolverines are 5-4 at home, 2-7 on the road and 1-0 at a neutral site and did not play in 2001 or 2002.

The ACC has claimed 13 of the 21 Commissioner's Cups; however, the Big Ten was able to win its eighth with an 8-6 series win last season. Overall, there have been three ties 2012 (6-6), 2013 (6-6) and 2018 (7-7). As the rules state, if the series ends in a tie, the Cup stays with the previous year's winner.

2020 ACC/Big Ten Challenge

Tuesday, Dec. 8
Illinois at Duke
North Carolina at Iowa
Boston College at Minnesota
Ohio State at Notre Dame
Penn State at Virginia Tech
Syracuse at Rutgers
Purdue at Miami

Wednesday, Dec. 9
Louisville at Wisconsin
Georgia Tech at Nebraska
Pittsburgh at Northwestern
Maryland at Clemson
Indiana at Florida State
N.C. State at Michigan
Michigan State at Virginia

Note: Wake Forest (ACC) will not participate this year

U-M's ACC/Big Ten Challenge History (8-11)

Dec. 1, 1999 -- vs. Georgia Tech (W, 80-77)
Nov. 28, 2000 -- Wake Forest (L, 71-60)
2001 -- did not participate
2002 -- did not participate
Dec. 2, 2003 -- N.C. State (W, 68-61)
Nov. 30, 2004 -- at Georgia Tech (L, 99-68)
Nov. 29, 2005 -- Miami (W, 74-53)
Nov. 27, 2006 -- at N.C. State (L, 74-67)
Nov. 28, 2007 -- Boston College (L, 77-64)
Dec. 3, 2008 -- at Maryland (L, 75-70)
Dec. 2, 2009 -- Boston College (L, 62-58)
Nov. 30, 2010 -- at Clemson (W, 69-61)
Nov. 29, 2011 -- at Virginia (L, 70-58)
Nov. 27, 2012 -- N.C. State (W, 79-72)
Dec. 3, 2013 -- at Duke (L, 79-69)
Dec. 2, 2014 -- Syracuse (W, 68-65)
Dec. 1, 2015 -- at N.C. State (W, 66-59)
Nov. 30, 2016 -- Virginia Tech (L, 73-70)
Nov. 29, 2017 -- at North Carolina (L, 86-71)
Nov. 28, 2018 -- North Carolina (W, 84-67)
Dec. 3, 2019 -- at Louisville (L, 58-43)
Dec. 9, 2020 -- N.C. State

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