With college basketball less than two months from its official start on ESPN, the game times and networks for the ACC/Big Ten Challenge and the SEC/Big 12 Challenge have been revealed.
The 2018 ACC/Big Ten Challenge, in its 20th year, will take place across three days, beginning Monday, Nov. 26, with matchups on ESPN, ESPN2 and ESPNU. Highlighting this year’s Challenge are two potential top-25 matchups – No. 8 UNC facing No. 17 Michigan and No. 25 Purdue playing No. 18 Florida State – as well as a freshman showdown between Indiana and No. 2 Duke, reigning ACC champion No. 7 Virginia facing Maryland, No. 16 Syracuse visiting Ohio State and No. 9 Michigan State playing Louisville. The Challenge will feature 14 matchups between ACC and Big Ten teams.
The 2019 SEC/Big 12 Challenge, in its sixth year, will take place Saturday, Jan. 26, during
the conference schedule – with two potential top-15 matchups, as No. 1 Kansas faces No. 3 Kentucky, and No. 13 West Virginia plays No. 5 Tennessee. The annual event, in its sixth year, matches all 10 of the Big 12 members against 10 of the 14 programs from the Southeastern Conference.
ESPN’s College GameDay Covered by State Farm – the Saturday roadshow that discusses the top storylines of the college basketball season – will originate from one of the SEC/Big 12 Challenge games.
Note: Rankings according to Myron Medcalf’s Way-Too-Early Top 25 on ESPN.com.
ACC/Big Ten Challenge Schedule
|Mon, Nov 26||7 p.m.||Nebraska at Clemson||ESPN2|
|9 p.m.||Minnesota at Boston College||ESPN2|
|Tue, Nov 27||7 p.m.||Virginia Tech at Penn State||ESPN2 or ESPNU|
|Illinois at Notre Dame||ESPN2 or ESPNU|
|7:30 p.m.||Michigan State at Louisville||ESPN|
|9 p.m.||NC State at Wisconsin||ESPN2|
|Pitt at Iowa||ESPNU|
|9:30 p.m.||Indiana at Duke||ESPN|
|Wed, Nov 28||7 p.m.||Virginia at Maryland||ESPN or ESPN2|
|Syracuse at Ohio State||ESPN or ESPN2|
|Rutgers at Miami (Fla.)||ESPNU|
|9 p.m.||UNC at Michigan||ESPN|
|Purdue at Florida State||ESPN2|
|Georgia Tech at Northwestern||ESPNU|
SEC/Big 12 Challenge Schedule
|Sat, Jan 26||Noon||Florida at TCU||ESPN, ESPN2 or ESPNU|
|Alabama at Baylor||ESPN, ESPN2 or ESPNU|
|Iowa State at Ole Miss||ESPN, ESPN2 or ESPNU|
|2 p.m.||Kansas State at Texas A&M||ESPN, ESPN2 or ESPNU|
|Texas at Georgia||ESPN, ESPN2 or ESPNU|
|South Carolina at Oklahoma State||ESPN, ESPN2 or ESPNU|
|4 p.m.||Vanderbilt at Oklahoma||ESPN or ESPN2|
|West Virginia at Tennessee||ESPN or ESPN2|
|6 p.m.||Arkansas at Texas Tech||ESPN or ESPN2|
|Kansas at Kentucky||ESPN or ESPN2|