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Men’s Hoops To Host Syracuse For 2014 ACC/Big Ten Challenge

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INDIANAPOLIS, IN - MARCH 28: Caris LeVert #23 of the Michigan Wolverines celebrates defeating the Tennessee Volunteers 73 to 71 during the regional semifinal of the 2014 NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament at Lucas Oil Stadium on March 28, 2014 in Indianapolis, Indiana. (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)

INDIANAPOLIS, IN – MARCH 28: Caris LeVert #23 of the Michigan Wolverines celebrates defeating the Tennessee Volunteers 73 to 71 during the regional semifinal of the 2014 NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament at Lucas Oil Stadium on March 28, 2014 in Indianapolis, Indiana. (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)

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ROSEMONT, Ill. — In conjunction with ESPN, the Big Ten and Atlantic Coast Conferences, the University of Michigan men’s basketball team announced today (Thursday, May 1) the Wolverines will host Syracuse in the 2014 ACC/Big Ten Challenge on Tuesday, Dec. 2, at Crisler Center. It is the first time the Maize and Blue and Orange will meet in a Challenge game.

With the ACC expanding to 15 teams following the addition of Louisville for the upcoming 2014-15 season, Boston College will not participate in the 14-game event, which will be played over a three-day period — Monday through, Dec. 1-3. All Challenge games will be televised on ESPN, ESPN2 and ESPNU, with platforms and times being announced at a later date.

Michigan has appeared in 13 of the 15 Challenges, holding a 5-8 all-time record. The Wolverines carry a 3-3 home record winning their Challenge match-up in Ann Arbor against N.C. State, 79-72, during the 2012 series.

Overall Michigan trails in the all-time series with Syracuse, 8-6. The Wolverines last faced the Orange in the 2013 NCAA National Semifinal, where U-M claimed a 61-56 win to advance to its first national championship game in 20 years. U-M holds a 2-1 record against Syracuse in Ann Arbor, with a 4-3 mark in neutral site games and a 0-4 road record.

Last season, the Big Ten and ACC split the challenge with six wins each for the second straight season. The Big Ten, who retained the Commissioner’s Cups the last two seasons holding the tiebreaker, has won three challenges outright from 2009 to 2011, following the ACC winning the challenge in each of the first 10 seasons. (1999-2008).

2014 ACC/Big Ten Challenge
Monday, December 1
Nebraska at Florida State
Rutgers at Clemson

Tuesday, December 2
Illinois at Miami
Minnesota at Wake Forest
N.C. State at Purdue
Ohio State at Louisville
Pittsburgh at Indiana
Syracuse at Michigan

Wednesday, December 3
Duke at Wisconsin
Georgia Tech at Northwestern
Iowa at North Carolina
Michigan State at Notre Dame
Virginia at Maryland
Virginia Tech at Penn State

Note: Boston College will not play in 2014 ACC/Big Ten Challenge.

Michigan in the ACC/Big Ten Challenge History
Dec. 1, 1999, vs. Georgia Tech (W, 80-77)
Nov. 28, 2000, Wake Forest (L, 71-60)
Dec. 2, 2003, N.C. State (W, 68-61)
Nov. 30, 2004, at Georgia Tech (L, 99-68)
Nov. 29, 2005, Miami (W, 74-53)
Nov. 27, 2006, at N.C. State (L, 74-67)
Nov. 28, 2007, Boston College (L, 64-77)
Dec. 3, 2008, at Maryland (L, 70-75)
Dec. 2, 2009, Boston College (L, 58-62)
Nov. 30, 2010, at Clemson (W, 69-61)
Nov. 29, 2011, at Virginia (L, 58-70)
Nov. 27, 2012, N.C. State (W, 79-72)
Dec. 3, 2013, at Duke (L, 69-79)

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