UVa To Play At Minnesota In 2010 ACC/Big Ten Challenge
CHARLOTTESVILLE- The Virginia men’s basketball team will play at Minnesota on Nov. 29 in the 12th ACC/Big Ten Challenge.
The game will be the fourth meeting between Virginia and Minnesota in the ACC/Big Ten Challenge. UVa leads the series with the Golden Gophers 4-2, but Minnesota has won two of the three games between the two teams in the Challenge. The Cavaliers lost at Minnesota 74-62 in the first ACC/Big Ten Challenge during the 1999-2000 season, defeated the Golden Gophers 86-78 in Charlottesville in the 2003-04 season and lost at Minnesota 66-56 during the 2008-09 season.
Minnesota finished the 2009-10 season with an overall record of 21-14 and participated in the NCAA Tournament. UVa was 15-16 in 2009-10.
Virginia lost to Penn State 69-66 at home in John Paul Jones Arena in last season’s ACC/Big Ten Challenge, while Minnesota lost 63-58 at Miami. The Cavaliers have a 5-5 record in the Challenge and Minnesota is 4-7.
The 2010 ACC/Big Ten Challenge is scheduled for Nov. 29 – Dec. 1 and features 11 games.
Virginia’s game at Minnesota is the only game scheduled for Nov. 29.
Games scheduled for Nov. 30 include North Carolina at Illinois, Ohio State at Florida State, Michigan at Clemson, Georgia Tech at Northwestern and Iowa at Wake Forest. On Dec. 1 the schedule includes Michigan State at Duke, Purdue at Virginia Tech, NC State at Wisconsin, Indiana at Boston College and Maryland at Penn State.
Starting times and television networks for this year’s ACC/Big Ten Challenge games have not yet been announced.
The ACC has won the Commissioner’s Cup 10 of the previous 11 years of the Challenge. The Big Ten won six of the 11 games last season.
After losing at Minnesota in the first ACC/Big Ten Challenge, Virginia defeated Purdue (98-79) in Charlottesville during the 2000-01 season.
Virginia played Michigan State in the ACC/Big Ten Challenge during the 2001-02 season, but the game was halted with 15:04 left in the contest due to wet floor conditions at the Richmond Coliseum in Richmond, Va. The unseasonably warm temperature (70 degrees) combined with the ice surface under the playing court produced condensation on the court causing slippery conditions that forced the game to be halted. UVa led 31-28 when play was stopped.
The Cavaliers lost at Michigan State (82-75) in the ACC/Big Ten Challenge during the 2002-03 season, defeated Minnesota in 2003-04, won at Northwestern (48-44) during the 2004-05 season and defeated Northwestern at home (72-57) in the 2005-06 season. Virginia lost at Purdue (61-59) in 2006-07, beat Northwestern (94-52) in Charlottesville in 2007-08 and lost at Minnesota during the 2008-09 season.