Duke vs. Illinois Headlines 2020 ACC/Big Ten Challenge Matchups


With the start of college basketball less than one month away, the season's schedule is starting to take shape.

The matchups for the 2020 ACC/Big Ten Challenge were revealed on Friday, and the loaded slate is headlined by Duke hosting Illinois on the first day. The Illini are ranked fourth in the NCAA's preseason power rankings, while the Blue Devils sit at No. 11. Other top matchups include Louisville at Wisconsin and Indiana at Florida State on the second day.

The event will be played on Dec. 8 and 9. Wake Forest was the lone ACC team left out of the schedule due to the conference having 15 teams, while the Big Ten only has 14.

Despite college hoops scheduling changes amid the pandemic, the ACC/Big Ten Challenge will still bring together teams from both leagues. The regular season will open on Nov. 25 instead of its initial Nov. 10 start date. The NCAA Division I Council decided men's teams can play 24 or 25 regular-season games and will be limited to no more than two or three games in one multi-team event.

Last year, the Big Ten won the Challenge by a margin of 8–6. The ACC last won the event in 2017. This year's schedule features one rematch from 2019: Indiana vs. Florida State.

Check Out the 2020 ACC/Big Ten Challenge Matchups:

Tuesday, Dec. 8:

  • UNC vs. Iowa
  • Illinois vs. Duke
  • Syracuse vs. Rutgers
  • Ohio State vs. Notre Dame
  • Purdue vs. Miami
  • Boston College vs. Minnesota
  • Penn State vs. Virginia Tech

Wednesday, Dec. 9:

  • Louisville vs. Wisconsin
  • Michigan State vs. Virginia
  • Indiana vs. Florida State
  • NC State vs. Michigan
  • Maryland vs. Clemson
  • Georgia Tech vs. Nebraska
  • Pittsburgh vs. Northwestern