Mar 9, 2012; Indianapolis, IN, USA; Michigan Wolverines guard Trey Burke (3) drives to the basket against the Minnesota Golden Gophers during the second half of the second round of 2012 Big Ten Tournament at Bankers Life Fieldhouse. Michigan defeated Minnesota 73-69 in overtime. Mandatory Credit: Brian Spurlock-US PRESSWIRE
The Michigan Wolverines and Michigan State Spartans are set to represent the Big Ten in the 2012 ACC/Big Ten Challenge. For more on the Wolverines, go to Maize n Brew. For more on the Spartans, head over to The Only Colors.
The 14th annual ACC/Big Ten Challenge is set for Nov. 27-28, with the matchups being announced via ESPN. All 12 games of the two-day event will be televised in some form on ESPN, ESPN2 and ESPNU. The challenge puts, accordingly, the ACC and Big Ten up against one another for conference supremacy and the Commissioner Cup.
For this region, the Michigan Wolverines will take on NC State on Tuesday, Nov. 27. Michigan is ranked No. 5 in an ESPN preseason top 25 poll, while NC State is right behind them, ranked No. 6. That should be a marquee matchup to keep an eye on, but the Michigan State Spartans will be in the spotlight as well.
The Spartans will be taking on Miami on Wednesday, Nov. 28. Michigan State is ranked No. 9 in that same preseason top 25, while Miami is unranked, so MSU will be favored in that one.
The matchup between the Wolverines and NC State is the third between the two in the Challenge, with Michigan winning in 2003 and NC State winning in 2006. Michigan State is taking on Miami for the first time in the Challenge.
While the ACC took the first 10 Challenges, the Big Ten have won the Commissioner Cup over the last three years. They took eight of 12 of the matches last year. Below, we've got the full schedule for you.
|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|