The University of Minnesota men's basketball team will travel to face Wake Forest University on Tuesday, December 2 in the 2014 ACC/Big Ten Challenge, the conferences and ESPN announced Tuesday. The Gophers and Demon Deacons will square off live on ESPNU, with tip-off set for 7 p.m. EST (6 p.m. CST) from Lawrence Joel Veterans Memorial Coliseum in Winston-Salem, N.C.
This will be the seventh meeting between the two teams in a series that dates back 60 years, with a 3-3 split of the prior matchups. Most recently, the Gophers topped the Deacons, 73-58, in the opening round of the 2006 National Invitation Tournament at Williams Arena.
Prior to that, Wake Forest defeated Minnesota, 85-79, at home in the Big Ten/ACC Challenge in 2001. That was the only prior time the teams have met in the annual event. In overall series history, each team has gone 2-0 on its home court, while they split in consecutive years at the 1954 and 1955 Dixie Classic in Raleigh, N.C.
The Gophers are 7-8 in the Big Ten/ACC Challenge after posting victories in their past three matchups. The ACC leads the series 10-3-2 after the 2012 and 2013 events ended in a 6-6 tie. This year's challenge, newly expanded to 14 games featuring every conference school, will feature Big Ten newcomers Maryland and Rutgers along with new ACC member Louisville.
Wake Forest will host the Maroon and Gold in their first season under new head coach Danny Manning. The Demon Deacons return four starters and nine letterwinners from their 2013-14 squad.
Coming off the 2014 NIT championship and a school-record 25 wins, the Gophers will return four starters and eight letterwinners mixed with six newcomers as they take the court for the second year under head coach Richard Pitino.
ESPN, ESPN2 and ESPNU will combine to televise all 14 games of the three-day event matching top college basketball programs playing for conference supremacy and the Commissioners Cup. All 14 games will also be available via WatchESPN.
2014 ACC/Big Ten Challenge Schedule (all times Central)
Monday, Dec. 1 Rutgers at Clemson 6 p.m. ESPNU
Nebraska at Florida State 6 p.m. ESPN2
Tuesday, Dec. 2 Minnesota at Wake Forest 6 p.m. ESPNU
Pittsburgh at Indiana 6 p.m. ESPN2
Syracuse at Michigan 6:30 p.m. ESPN
Illinois at Miami 8 p.m. ESPN2/U
North Carolina State at Purdue 8 p.m. ESPN2/U
Ohio State at Louisville 8:30 p.m. ESPN
Wednesday, Dec. 3 Michigan State at Notre Dame 6:15 p.m. ESPN2
Virginia Tech at Penn State 6:15 p.m. ESPNU
Iowa at North Carolina 6:30 p.m. ESPN
Virginia at Maryland 8:15 p.m. ESPN2
Georgia Tech at Northwestern 8:15 p.m. ESPNU
Duke at Wisconsin 8:30 p.m. ESPN
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