Thursday, April 23, 2009


A rematch of the national title game will highlight the 11th annual ACC/Big Ten Challenge. Michigan State will travel to national champion UNC on Dec. 1.

UNC beat Michigan State 89-72 for the Tar Heels' fifth NCAA title on April 6. The Heels also beat the Spartans in last year's Challenge. In all likelihood, the Heels will beat them again blah, blah, blah. (Actually, next go ‘round the Spartans might be favored…)

The ACC has won every year of the Challenge. Duke, which is 10-0 in Challenge play, goes to Wisconsin on Dec. 2. N.C. State, which was left out of last year's Challenge, will host Northwestern on Dec. 1. Northwestern has never made it into the Big Dance, so that seems appropriate right about now.

In addition, Maryland visits Indiana on Dec. 1, a replay of the 2002 championship game won by the Terps which, according to several trusted sources, was the last time Gary Williams really smiled.

Monday, Nov. 30
Penn State @ Virginia
Tuesday, Dec. 1
Maryland @ Indiana
Michigan State @ North Carolina
Northwestern @ N.C. State
Virginia Tech @ Iowa
Wake Forest @ Purdue
Wednesday, Dec. 2
Boston College @ Michigan
Duke @ Wisconsin
Florida State @ Ohio State
Illinois @ Clemson
Minnesota @ Miami

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