Times and Networks Revealed for ACC/Big Ten Challenge and SEC/Big 12 Challenge

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Times and Networks Revealed for ACC/Big Ten Challenge and SEC/Big 12 Challenge

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

Date Time Matchup Network
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

Date Time Matchup Network
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



Anna Negron

It was always a dream of mine to work at ESPN, and here I am! I joined the College Sports PR team in March 2016. Hailing from the great Garden State, I graduated from Seton Hall University (Go Pirates!) with a degree in sport management, where I not only sang the National Anthem at games, but was also a member of the Seton Hall Sapphires Dance Team and a student reporter for Pirate Sports Network. Before joining ESPN, I served as a Public Relations Associate for the U.S. Army All-American Bowl.
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