Gophers and FSU to Appear on ESPN2 in Big Ten/ACC Battle

Go Gophers!
Julian Welch led the Gophers with 15 points in the 2011 Challange against Virginia Tech.

Go Gophers!
Julian Welch led the Gophers with 15 points in the 2011 Challange against Virginia Tech.
Go Gophers!

Aug. 7, 2012

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The University of Minnesota men's basketball team's Big Ten/ACC Challenge tilt against Florida State on Nov. 27 will tip at 6:15 p.m. CST, the Big Ten Conference announced today. The game, to be played in Tallahassee, will be broadcast live by ESPN2.

Minnesota and Florida State will be meeting for the eighth time, including the fourth time in the history of the ACC/Big Ten Challenge. Minnesota lost to FSU, 75-61, in the 2007 challenge, the only time head coach Tubby Smith has faced the Seminoles in his 21-year career.

The Gophers are 5-8 in the ACC/Big Ten Challenge following last season’s 58-55 win over Virginia Tech at Williams Arena. Illinois (6-7), Michigan State (6-6), Northwestern (6-7), Ohio State (6-5) and Wisconsin (6-7) all have six wins in the history of the event. Penn State (5-6) and Purdue (5-6) join Minnesota with five victories. Duke holds the best record in the challenge at 11-2. Wake Forest is close behind at 10-2.

The 2012 Challenge will feature 12 games, all of which will be broadcast on the ESPN family of networks (ESPN, ESPN2, ESPNU & ESPN3.com).

Minnesota returns all but one player from a team that finished the season 23-15 overall, and advanced to the NIT Championship game. The 23 wins during the 2011-12 campaign were the most at Minnesota since the 1989-90 team also won 23 (vacated years not included).

The Gophers have appeared in the postseason in four of the five seasons under head coach Tubby Smith. Smith will enter the 2012-13 season with 103 career victories on the Gopher sideline, joining just seven other coaches to win 100 games at the University of Minnesota. His current winning percentage of .602 (103-68) is the fourth-highest in program history. Smith is 490-213 overall in 21 seasons as a head coach.

Florida State returns two starters and four of its top five scorers – including ACC Tournament Most Valuable Player Michael Snaer – for the 2012-13 season from its team that won the ACC Championship and played in its school record fourth consecutive NCAA Tournament.

The Seminoles finished the 2012 season with a 25-10 overall record and a school record 12-4 mark in ACC play.  The Seminoles defeated an ACC-high six ranked teams including both Duke and North Carolina twice and defeated each of the four Tobacco Road teams in the ACC (Duke, North Carolina, NC State and Wake Forest) in the same season for the first time since joining the ACC for the 1991-92 season.

The Big Ten captured the Commissioner Cup for the third consecutive event, including an 8-4 win advantage over the ACC last year. In the event of a 6-6 tie, the Commissioner’s Cup will remain with the conference that won the previous year.


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