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Louisville Will Host Michigan State In ACC – Big Ten Challenge

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ESPN has revealed the match-ups for the annual ACC – Big Ten Challenge.

In his debut season at Louisville, Chris Mack will host Tom Izzo and the Michigan State Spartans.

2018 ACC/Big Ten Challenge Schedule

Monday, November 26
Minnesota at Boston College
Nebraska at Clemson

Tuesday, November 27
Indiana at Duke
Michigan State at Louisville
NC State at Wisconsin
Illinois at Notre Dame
Pitt at Iowa
Virginia Tech at Penn State

Wednesday, November 28
Purdue at Florida State
Georgia Tech at Northwestern
Rutgers at Miami (Fla.)
North Carolina at Michigan
Syracuse at Ohio State
Virginia at Maryland

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. — The University of Louisville men’s basketball team will face Michigan State in the 20th Annual ACC/Big Ten Challenge in the KFC Yum! Center on Nov. 27. The tipoff time and television network will be announced at a later date.

Ranked fifth nationally in the final Associated Press poll last season, Michigan State produced the fourth-most victories in school history during the 2017-18 season with a 30-5 overall record. The Spartans advanced to the second round of the NCAA Tournament after winning the Big Ten Conference Regular Season Championship with a 16-2 league mark. Three of its five starters return including 6-0 junior guard Cassius Winston (12.6 ppg, 6.9 apg), 6-8 junior forward Nick Ward (12.4 ppg, 7.1 rpg) and 6-5 junior guard Joshua Langford (11.7 ppg, 3.0 rpg).

Louisville has split its four previous challenge events since joining the ACC. The Cardinals beat No. 14 Ohio State 64-55 in Louisville in the 2015 ACC/Big Ten Challenge, fell 71-67 at No. 3 Michigan State in 2015 in the last meeting between the two teams, prevailed 71-64 over No. 15 Purdue in Louisville in 2016 and lost 66-57 at Purdue in 2017.

UofL and Michigan State are tied 5-5 in all-time matchups, dating back to 1959. It will be the first time the Spartans have visited Louisville since 1995, when the Cardinals won 79-59 in Freedom Hall. Michigan State is ninth in Myron Metcalf’s ESPN.com way-too-early preseason top 25 ranking.

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