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Badgers To Host NC State in Big Ten/ACC Challenge

MADISON (WAOW) - For the second consecutive year, the Wisconsin men's basketball team will find itself defending its home court in the Big Ten/ACC Challenge. The Badgers have drawn a home game against North Carolina State in the 2010 Big Ten/ACC Challenge.

The Badgers will host the Wolfpack on Wednesday, Dec. 1 at the Kohl Center. Tip-off time will be announced at a later date, and the game will be televised nationally on the ESPN family of networks.

Last season, Wisconsin knocked off eventual national champion Duke, 73-69, in the decisive game of the 2009 Challenge, helping the Big Ten secure its first overall victory in the history of the Big Ten/ACC Challenge. The Badgers also handed the Blue Devils their first-ever loss (in 11 games) in the Challenge.

Wisconsin owns a 5-6 all-time record in the Challenge (3-1 at the Kohl Center), having participated in each of the 11 seasons. Including a 74-72 win at Virginia Tech in the 2008 Challenge and last season's Challenge win over Duke, the Badgers have now won four consecutive games against ACC foes. Wisconsin also defeated Maryland, 78-69, in the 2009 Maui Invitational and Florida State, 61-59, in the 2009 NCAA Tournament.

N.C. State enters the 2010-11 season coming off its first 20-win season since 2006-07. The Wolfpack finished 20-16 a year ago, losing to UAB in the second round of the 2010 National Invitational Tournament (NIT). Head coach Sidney Lowe returns for his fifth season with N.C. State and will lean on senior Tracy Smith, who led the Wolfpack in scoring (16.5 ppg) and rebounding (7.3 rpg) last season.

The Wolfpack boast a 5-5 record all-time in the Big Ten/ACC Challenge, but are just 1-4 away from their home floor. N.C. State has lost two straight Challenge games, including a 65-53 home loss to Northwestern in 2009.

Wisconsin and N.C. State have met just once before in men's basketball, when the Badgers knocked off the Wolfpack, 65-56, in the Sweet 16 of the 2005 NCAA Tournament.

For the sixth consecutive year, the Challenge will feature 11 games and include two telecasts on ESPNU with ESPN and ESPN2 combining to televise the remaining nine games., the broadband sports television network from ESPN, will simulcast the ESPN and ESPN2 telecasts.

The Big Ten is the defending Challenge champion, defeating the ACC by a 6-to-5 margin a year ago. Road teams won six of the 11 games in 2009 and seven of the contests were decided by seven points or less, including four games by four points or fewer.

2010 Big Ten/ACC Challenge schedule

Times and networks to be determined:

Monday, Nov. 29

Virginia at Minnesota

Tuesday, Nov. 30

Iowa at Wake Forest

Michigan at Clemson

Ohio State at Florida State

North Carolina at Illinois

Georgia Tech at Northwestern

Wednesday, Dec. 1

Indiana at Boston College

Purdue at Virginia Tech

Michigan State at Duke

North Carolina State at Wisconsin

Maryland at Penn State


Wisconsin in the Big Ten/ACC Challenge

Year       Opponent (AP rank)       Outcome

1999       at            Wake Forest      L,             48-67

2000       vs.          Maryland (13)* W,          78-75

2001       at            Georgia Tech     L,             61-62

2002                       Wake Forest      L,             80-90

2003       at            Maryland             L,             67-73

2004                       Maryland (12)    W,          69-64

2005       at            Wake Forest (24)             L,             88-91

2006                       Florida State       W,          81-66

2007       at            Duke (7)               L,             58-82

2008       at            Virginia Tech      W,          72-72

2009                       Duke (6)               W,          73-69

*Game played at the Bradley Center in Milwaukee, Wis.


Courtesy: UW Press Release

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