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    Northwestern Draws Georgia Tech in ACC/B1G Challenge

    NUSPORTSDOTCOM Tre Demps and the Wildcats host Georgia Tech in this year's ACC/B1G Challenge.
    NUSPORTSDOTCOM
    Tre Demps and the Wildcats host Georgia Tech in this year's ACC/B1G Challenge.
    NUSPORTSDOTCOM

    May 1, 2014

    EVANSTON, Ill. - Northwestern will face a familiar foe in the 2014 ACC/Big Ten Challenge Presented by DICK'S Sporting Goods as Georgia Tech makes the trip to Welsh-Ryan Arena Wednesday, Dec. 3.

    This will be the third meeting between the schools in the Challenge over a five-year span. The Wildcats defeated the Yellow Jackets 91-71 Nov. 30, 2010 in Evanston before notching a 76-70 victory Nov. 29, 2011 in Atlanta. Those are the only two all-time meetings between the schools.

    NU is 6-9 in its first 15 Challenge matchups. The Wildcats dropped a 69-48 decision at NC State in last season's Challenge. Northwestern won four consecutive contests in the event from 2008-11.

    Georgia Tech posted a 16-17 record last season, including a 6-12 mark in ACC play. The Yellow Jackets are slated to return three starters from last year's squad, including rising juniors Marcus Georges-Hunt and Robert Carter Jr. who averaged 11.7 and 11.4 points per game, respectively, during the 2013-14 season.

    The contest will be a return to Welsh-Ryan Arena for Georgia Tech head coach Brian Gregory who was an assistant coach for the Wildcats during the 1997-98 and 1998-99 seasons.

    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.

    All 14 Big Ten teams and 14 of the 15 ACC teams will participate in the 2014 Challenge, including the two newest Big Ten members Maryland and Rutgers and ACC newcomer Louisville. Boston College will not compete in this year's event.

    Tip times and television designations will be announced at a later date.

    2014 ACC/Big Ten Challenge

    Monday, December 1
    Nebraska at Florida State
    Rutgers at Clemson

    Tuesday, December 2
    Illinois at Miami
    Minnesota at Wake Forest
    NC State at Purdue
    Ohio State at Louisville
    Pittsburgh at Indiana
    Syracuse at Michigan

     

     

    Wednesday, December 3
    Duke at Wisconsin
    Georgia Tech at Northwestern
    Iowa at North Carolina
    Michigan State at Notre Dame
    Virginia at Maryland
    Virginia Tech at Penn State