May 12, 2010
EVANSTON, Ill. -
Northwestern will play host to Georgia Tech at Welsh-Ryan Arena Tuesday, Nov. 30 as part of the 12th annual ACC/Big Ten Challenge Presented by Dick's Sporting Goods.
It is set to be the first ever meeting between the schools.
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. Game times and television designations will be released at a later date.
Northwestern went 20-14 during the 2009-10 season, including 7-11 in Big Ten play. The Wildcats advanced to the National Invitation Tournament for the second consecutive season. NU returns four starters next season, not including Kevin Coble, a second-team All-Big Ten selection in 2009 who missed the most recent campaign due to injury.
Georgia Tech posted a 23-13 overall record and a 7-9 mark in ACC play last season. The Yellow Jackets reached the title game of the 2010 ACC Tournament where they were edged by eventual national champion Duke. Georgia Tech advanced to the second round of the NCAA tournament, defeating Oklahoma State before falling to Ohio State.
Northwestern is 4-7 in its first 11 ACC/Big Ten Challenge matchups, including three wins in the last four years. The Wildcats defeated NC State 73-59 in Raleigh, N.C., last season to help the Big Ten earn the Commissioner's Cup with the Challenge victory.
2010 ACC/Big Ten Challenge Schedule
Monday, November 29
Virginia at Minnesota
Tuesday, November 30
North Carolina at Illinois
Ohio State at Florida State
Michigan at Clemson
Georgia Tech at Northwestern
Iowa at Wake Forest
Wednesday, December 1
Michigan State at Duke
Purdue at Virginia Tech
North Carolina State at Wisconsin
Indiana at Boston College
Maryland at Penn State
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