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. ESPN3.com, 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