Wake Forest & Minnesota Set for ESPNU in ACC/Big Ten Challenge
Aug. 12, 2014
By Scott Wortman, Wake Forest Athletic Communications (@TieDyeNation)
WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. - Wake Forest and Minnesota will tip off at 7 p.m. ET on Tuesday, Dec. 2, on ESPNU in the 16th annual ACC/Big Ten Challenge.
ESPN announced the tip times and broadcast designations on Tuesday. This season's matchups were previously announced in May.
The Demon Deacons and Golden Gophers will be meeting for the second time in the Challenge. Wake Forest beat Minnesota 85-79 at home in the 2001 event. The teams have split six all-time meetings since 1954.
Most recently, Minnesota knocked off Wake Forest 73-58 in the 2006 Postseason NIT in Minneapolis. All three of the Deacons' wins in the series have come in the state of North Carolina with wins at home in 2001-02 and 1961-62 and a win at the Dixie Classic in Raleigh in 1955-56. Minnesota has posted wins over Wake Forest twice in Minneapolis (1962-63, 2005-06) and once in Raleigh (1954-55).
The Deacons have proved to be one of the Challenge's most successful teams, compiling a 10-3 all-time record. Wake Forest did not participate in last year's event but has still won four of its past six Challenge games.
Wake Forest is 6-1 at home in the event with wins over Indiana (2003, 2008), Iowa (2010), Wisconsin (1999, 2005) and Minnesota (2001) and a loss to Nebraska (2012).
Wake Forest is 4-2 in road Challenge games with wins at Iowa (2007), Michigan (2000), Wisconsin (2002) and Nebraska (2011) and losses at Illinois (2005) and Purdue (2009).
Minnesota is 7-8 all-time in the Challenge, including a 71-61 home win over Florida State in last year's event.
The ACC and Big Ten have split the past two events, winning six Challenge games each in 2012 and 2013. In the event of a tie, the Commissioner's Cup remains with the conference that won the previous year, which was the Big Ten in 2011. The ACC won the first 10 Challenges (1999-2008) while the Big Ten won the next three (2009-2011). ACC teams hold an 88-67 lead in Challenge games played to date.
Wake Forest returns seven scholarship letterwinners, including three starters, from last year's squad that finished 17-16 overall and 6-12 in the ACC. The Deacons will be led by first-year head coach Danny Manning.
Minnesota went 25-13 overall and 8-10 in the Big Ten in 2013-14, its first season under head coach Richard Pitino. The Golden Gophers won the postseason NIT, beating SMU 65-63 in the championship game.
2014 ACC/Big Ten Challenge Schedule:
Monday, December 1
Tuesday, December 2
Wednesday, December 3