June 18, 2003 - by
Florida State Plays Host To Northwestern In 2003 ACC/Big Ten Men’s Basketball Challenge

June 18, 2003

Florida State will play host to Northwestern in the fifth annual ACC/Big Ten Challenge Dec. 1, at the Leon County Civic Center in Tallahassee. It marks the third time in the five year history of the ACC/Big Ten Challenge the Seminoles will face Northwestern. The Seminoles are 1-1 against Northwestern and 2-2 in the first four years of the event.

Florida State in the ACC/Big Ten Challenge
Dec. 1, 1999 Nov. 29, 2000

Florida State 60 at Florida State 71
At Northwestern 49 Minnesota 76

Nov. 28, 2001 Dec. 2, 2002
Florida State 50 at Florida State 80
at Northwestern 57 Iowa 67

The fifth annual ACC/Big Ten Challenge match-ups have will once again feature several top college basketball programs playing for conference supremacy and the Commissioner’s Cup. ESPN and ESPN2 will combine to televise the nine-game Challenge Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday, December 1-3, from eight different college campuses and one neutral site. It will mark the second consecutive year that every game will be televised nationally in a three-day schedule.

The ACC will look to win a fifth Commissioner’s Cup. The ACC has edged the Big Ten by winning five of the nine games in three of the first four Challenges, including last year.

Two perennial powers and recent NCAA Champions will square off when Duke (2001 NCAA Champion) visits Michigan State (2000).

Six of the top 20 teams in last year’s final national rankings will be part of the action – #9 Duke, #10 Maryland, #12 Wake Forest, Wisconsin and Illinois tied at #13 and #18 Michigan. Note: Rankings from the ESPN/USA Today poll.

Maryland will face Wisconsin, last year’s Big Ten regular-season champion, for the third time in four years. Maryland defeated Wisconsin in the second round of the 2002 NCAA Tournament 87-57 and Wisconsin posted a 78-75 overtime victory over the Terrapins in the 2000 Challenge.

The only neutral site game on this year’s schedule (the first four included two neutral site games) will feature North Carolina, led by new coach Roy Williams, against Illinois, led by new coach Bruce Weber. The game is a rematch from last year’s Challenge, a 92-65 Fighting Illini victory.

2003 ACC/Big Ten Challenge Schedule

Monday, Dec. 1
7 p.m. ET ESPN2 Northwestern at Florida State
Tuesday, Dec. 2
7:00 p.m. ESPN Indiana at Wake Forest
7:30 p.m. ESPN2 N.C. State at Michigan
9:00 p.m. ESPN Illinois vs. North Carolina (Greensboro Coliseum, Greensboro, N.C.)
9:30 p.m. ESPN2 Wisconsin at Maryland
Wednesday, Dec. 3
7:00 p.m. ESPN Georgia Tech at Ohio State
7:30 p.m. ESPN2 Clemson at Purdue
9:00 p.m. ESPN Duke at Michigan State
9:30 p.m. ESPN2 Minnesota at Virginia
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