Aug. 7, 2012
EVANSTON, Ill. -
Northwestern's 2012-13 men's basketball schedule continues to take shape as matchups for the South Padre Island Invitational have been announced as well as game times and TV designations for the 2012 ACC/Big Ten Challenge.
The Wildcats will square off against TCU in the opening day of competition at the South Padre Island Invitational at the South Padre Island Convention Center Nov. 23. The Wildcats and Horned Frogs play the final game of the day with tip time set for 7:30 p.m.
The teams will be meeting for just the third time with TCU having won each of the previous two games. The squads haven't met since Dec. 28, 1987 when the Wildcats dropped a 66-64 decision at the Far West Classic in Portland, Ore.
The loser of contest faces the loser of Friday's game between UAB and Illinois State at 4 p.m. Saturday, while the winners battle at 7 p.m. Both of Saturday's games are being televised by CBS Sports Network.
In addition, the Wildcats' home game against Maryland in the 14th-annual ACC/Big Ten Challenge presented by DICK's Sporting Goods will tip at 8:15 p.m. on Nov. 27 and is being televised by ESPN2. It will be just the second all-time meeting between the Wildcats and the Terrapins. NU won the only previous matchup 66-62 Dec. 6, 1958.
All 12 games of the two-day event will be broadcast on ESPN, ESPN2 and ESPNU. All games will also be available via WatchESPN, which delivers live access to ESPN, ESPN2, ESPNU and ESPN3 on PCs, smartphones and tablets to fans who receive ESPN's linear networks as part of their video subscription from Comcast, Time Warner Cable, Bright House Networks or Verizon FiOS TV.
Northwestern has won each of its last four ACC/Big Ten Challenge matchups, including posting a 76-60 victory over Georgia Tech in Atlanta last season. The Wildcats join Ohio State as the only Big Ten teams to win Challenge games four consecutive years. Coupled with a victory over Boston College in the 2011 National Invitation Tournament, Northwestern has won its last five games against ACC opponents.
The Challenge annually features top college basketball programs playing for conference supremacy and the Commissioner's Cup. The Big Ten won its third consecutive Challenge in 2011, while the ACC had captured the first 10 titles.
The full 2012 Challenge schedule can be found below.
2012 ACC/Big Ten Challenge Presented by DICK'S Sporting Goods
Tuesday, Nov. 27
Iowa at Virginia Tech, ESPNU, 6:15 p.m.
Minnesota at Florida State, ESPN2, 6:15 p.m.
NC State at Michigan, ESPN, 6:30 p.m.
Nebraska at Wake Forest, ESPNU, 8:15 p.m.
Maryland at Northwestern, ESPN2, 8:15 p.m.
North Carolina at Indiana, ESPN, 8:30 p.m.
Wednesday, Nov. 28
Virginia at Wisconsin, ESPN2, 6 p.m.
Purdue at Clemson, ESPNU, 6:15 p.m.
Michigan State at Miami (Fla.), ESPN, 6:30 p.m.
Georgia Tech at Illinois, ESPN2, 8 p.m.
Boston College at Penn State, ESPNU, 8:15 p.m.
Ohio State at Duke, ESPN, 8:30 p.m.
Be the first to know what's going on with the 'Cats -- Follow @NU_Sports on Twitter, become a fan of Northwestern Athletics on Facebook! and subscribe to the NU Sports Express e-newsletter to receive the latest news, schedule updates and video and to interact with NU. For more information on following specific Northwestern teams online, visit our Social Media page!