Preview: Schedule and times released for 2012 ACC/Big Ten Challenge


The schedules and times for the 2012 ACC/Big Ten Challenge  have been released.

Below, takes a look at the best games from each day, along with the full schedule.

Tuesday, Nov. 27

Game of the Day: NC State vs. Michigan

Don’t get me wrong, Indiana vs. UNC should be great, too, but NC State-Michigan sees a match-up between two teams who are glad to welcome back a key starter from last season to go along with a Top-10 recruiting class from 2012.

For Michigan, guard Trey Burke returns after a stand-out freshman year and will be joined by freshmen Mitch McGary and Glenn Robinson III.

NC State brings a loaded back-court of their own, assuming Lorenzo Brown’s injury heals as planned and freshman Rodney Purvis is cleared by the NCAA to join the Wolfpack. CJ Leslie returns to solidify the frontcourt.

They tip at 7:30 p.m.

Rest of Schedule:

7:15 p.m.—Minnesota vs. Florida State

Iowa vs. Virginia Tech

9:15 p.m.—Maryland vs. Northwestern

Nebraska vs. Wake Forest

9:30 p.m.—North Carolina vs. Indiana

Wednesday, Nov. 28

Game of the Day: Ohio State vs. Duke

The 9:30 nightcap provides the best game on Day 2, setting against each other two teams who are losing their biggest contributors from last season.

Jared Sullinger and Austin Rivers are gone to the NBA, but both teams should be in the Top 20 to begin the season. Duke will be without guard Andre Dawkins, who is redshirting this season, leaving guard duties to Seth Curry and freshman Rasheed Sulaimon.

Another interesting few recruiting sidenotes: Mississippi State transfer Rodney Hood chose Duke over Ohio State. Incoming Duke freshman Amile Jefferson had Ohio State in the mix before choosing the Blue Devils.

Rest of Schedule:

7:00 p.m.—Wisconsin vs. Virginia

7:15 p.m.–Purdue vs. Clemson

7:30 p.m.—Michigan State vs. Miami

9:00 p.m.—Georgia Tech vs. Illinois

9:15 p.m.—Boston College vs. Penn State

Daniel Martin is a writer and editor at, covering St. John’s. You can find him on Twitter:@DanielJMartin_