Michigan State is the lone Big Ten basketball program to have a winning record (5-4) in the Big Ten/ACC Challenge.
That distinction will be on the line this season when the Spartans travel to Chapel Hill to meet North Carolina in a rematch of the 2009 NCAA championship game. The Tar Heels defeated Michigan State 89-72 in Detroit in April.
The pairing is one of the highlights of the 2009 Big Ten/ACC Challenge. Game times and networks were announced Wednesday.
The Tar Heels and Spartans — they also faced off in last year's Challenge – will play at 9 p.m. Dec. 1. The game will be televised by ESPN, as will Duke at Wisconsin at 9 p.m. the next day.
N.C. State will play Northwestern at 7 p.m. Dec. 1 in Raleigh on ESPNU.
The ACC-Big Ten Challenge has never proven much of a challenge to the ACC before, as the conference has gone 10-0 in its history, with an overall record of 62-35.
The Challenge, which runs Nov. 30 through Dec. 2, was created in 1999. When the ACC was expanded in 2005, the Challenge also grew to 11 games and was extended through 2011.
A combined nine teams from the two conferences have made 19 appearances in the Final Four since the Challenge's inception —10 for the ACC, nine for the Big 10.
2009 Big Ten/ACC Challenge schedule
Monday, Nov. 30
Penn State at Virginia, 7 p.m., ESPN2
Tuesday, Dec. 1
Wake Forest at Purdue, 7 p.m., ESPN
Northwestern at N.C. State, 7 p.m. ESPNU
Maryland at Indiana, 7:30 p.m., ESPN2
Michigan State at North Carolina, 9 p.m., ESPN
Virginia Tech at Iowa, 9:30 p.m., ESPN2
Wednesday, Dec. 2
Illinois at Clemson, 7:15 p.m., ESPN
Minnesota at Miami, 7:15 p.m. ESPNU
Boston College at Michigan, 7:30 p.m., ESPN2
Duke at Wisconsin, 9:15 p.m., ESPN
Florida State at Ohio State, 9:30 p.m. ESPN2