CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. – Virginia will host Michigan State in the 22nd ACC/B1G Challenge on Wednesday, Dec. 9. Tip times and networks for this year’s Challenge, which includes 14 games, will be announced at a later date.
All 14 Big Ten teams and 14 of the 15 ACC teams will participate in the 2020 Challenge. Wake Forest will not play in the 2019 event.
Virginia and Michigan State meet for the third time in the Challenge and sixth time overall. The Cavaliers are 0-1 against the Spartans in the Challenge and 0-5 overall. Michigan State topped Virginia 82-75 in East Lansing, Mich., in the 2002 Challenge, while the Spartans-Cavaliers 2001 Challenge game was halted due to wet floor conditions at Richmond Coliseum. MSU edged UVA in the 2014 NCAA Sweet Sixteen (61-59) and 2015 NCAA second round (60-54).
This year’s Virginia-Michigan State Challenge contest features a matchup between brothers Sam and Joey Hauser. Sam is a redshirt senior for the Cavaliers, while Joey is a redshirt junior for the Spartans. The Hauser brothers were teammates at Marquette before transferring after the 2018-19 season. The duo helped Stevens Point Area Senior High School (SPASH) to back-to-back state championships in 2015 and 2016.
UVA has a 13-7 record in the Challenge. UVA’s five-game winning streak in the Challenge ended at Purdue last season. The Cavaliers have won eight of their last 10 Challenge games and Virginia is 7-2 all-time at home in the event.
In 2019-20, Virginia finished with 23-7 overall and tied for second in the ACC with a 15-5 record. UVA finished the season on a nine-game winning streak before the season was cancelled due to COVID-19.
All 14 games will air on ESPN’s networks and be available via the ESPN app, matching top college basketball programs playing for conference supremacy and the Commissioner’s Cup.
The ACC leads 12-6-3 in the series and 133-106 in games. The ACC won the first 10 consecutive challenges, while the Big Ten has won five of the last seven along with two ties. The most recent challenge was won 8-6 by the Big Ten. In the 21 years of the event, 10 of the challenges have been decided by a single game.
2020 ACC/B1G Challenge Matchups
Tuesday, December 8
Boston College at Minnesota
Illinois at Duke
North Carolina at Iowa
Ohio State at Notre Dame
Penn State at Virginia Tech
Purdue at Miami
Syracuse at Rutgers
Wednesday, December 9
Georgia Tech at Nebraska
Indiana at Florida State
Louisville at Wisconsin
Maryland at Clemson
Michigan State at Virginia
NC State at Michigan
Pitt at Northwestern
Virginia All-Time in the ACC/B1G Challenge
1999-2000 – Lost 74-62 at Minnesota
2000-01 – Won 98-79 over Purdue in Charlottesville
2001-02 – Game with Michigan State halted because of wet floor conditions at the Richmond Coliseum
2002-03 – Lost at Michigan State 82-75
2003-04 – Won 86-78 over Minnesota in Charlottesville
2004-05 – Won at Northwestern 48-44
2005-06 – Won 72-57 over Northwestern in Charlottesville
2006-07 – Lost at Purdue 61-59
2007-08 – Won 94-52 over Northwestern in Charlottesville
2008-09 – Lost at Minnesota 66-56
2009-10 – Lost to Penn State 69-66 in Charlottesville
2010-11 – Won 87-79 at Minnesota
2011-12 – Won 70-58 over Michigan in Charlottesville
2012-13 – Won 60-54 at Wisconsin
2013-14 – Lost 45-38 to Wisconsin in Charlottesville
2014-15 – Won 76-65 at Maryland
2015-16 – Won 64-58 at Ohio State
2016-17 – Won 63-61 vs. Ohio State
2017-18 – Won 49-37 vs. Wisconsin
2018-19 – Won 76-71 at Maryland
2019-20 – Lost 69-40 at Purdue
Total – 13-7; Home – 7-2; Away – 6-5