Tech to Visit Indiana for Big Ten/ACC Challenge

April 17, 2007

ATLANTA – Georgia Tech will visit Indiana on Nov. 27 in the 2007 Big Ten/ACC Challenge, the two conferences and ESPN announced Monday. The game will tip-off at 7 p.m. and be televised on ESPN.

The Yellow Jackets and Hoosiers have met only once before, an 87-65 loss for Tech on Dec. 29, 1969 in the Bruin Classic at Pauley Pavilion in Los Angeles.

Indiana joins a tough non-conference lineup for Georgia Tech in 2007-08 that includes a trip to the Paradise Jam in St. Thomas, Virgin Islands (Nov. 16-19), in which Baylor, Charlotte, Illinois-Chicago, Monmouth, Notre Dame, Wichita State and Winthrop are possible opponents. The Yellow Jackets also will have road games at Georgia, Connecticut and Vanderbilt, as well as a home game against Kansas, among its non-conference games.

Those dates, as well as the entire Tech basketball schedule for 2007-08, will be announced in August.

Tech is coming off its third NCAA Tournament appearance in four years in 2007, finishing with a 20-12 overall record and an 8-8 mark in the Atlantic Coast Conference, tying for sixth place. The Hoosiers, in their first year under head coach Kelvin Sampson, went 20-10 overall, finished third in the Big Ten at 10-6 and reached the second round of the NCAA Tournament.

The Yellow Jackets are 4-4 in their previous Big Ten/ACC Challenge meetings, including a 75-70 homecourt victory over Penn State last November. Tech has played four Big Ten/ACC Challenge games on Big Ten homecourts, including an 88-86 loss at Michigan State in 2005, a 73-53 win at Ohio State in 2003, a 64-63 loss at Minnesota in 2002 and an 85-67 loss at Iowa in 2000.

Tech has won all three of its Big Ten/ACC games at Alexander Memorial Coliseum, and dropped the only neutral court meeting, an 80-77 verdict against Michigan in 1999 at Philips Arena. The Jackets are 15-29 all-time against the Big Ten.

Matchups for the ninth annual Big Ten/ACC Challenge have been determined with the event featuring top college basketball programs playing for conference supremacy and the Commissioner’s Cup on ESPN, ESPN2 and ESPNU. The ACC has won each of the eight Big Ten/ACC Challenges played to date with league teams winning 48 of the 75 games played in the Challenge.

For the third consecutive year, the event will feature 11 games (an increase from nine in the six previous years) from 11 different college campuses and include two telecasts on ESPNU, the 24-hour college sports network. ESPN and ESPN2 will combine to televise the remaining nine games. This year’s event will be played on the Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday after Thanksgiving (November 26-28).

This year’s schedule will be highlighted by the first-ever meeting between basketball powers Wisconsin and Duke, a rematch of last year’s Ohio State-North Carolina Challenge game and first-ever Challenge showdowns — Georgia Tech-Indiana, Wake Forest-Iowa, Boston College-Michigan, N.C. State-Michigan State and Virginia Tech-Penn State.

2007 Big Ten/ACC Challenge Schedule(All Times ET)

Monday, Nov. 26 7:00 p.m. ESPN2 Wake Forest at Iowa

Tuesday, Nov. 27 7:00 p.m. ESPN Georgia Tech at Indiana 7:30 p.m. ESPN2 Minnesota at Florida State 8:00 p.m. ESPNU Northwestern at Virginia 9:00 p.m. ESPN Wisconsin at Duke 9:30 p.m. ESPN2 Purdue at Clemson

Wednesday, Nov. 28 7:00 p.m. ESPN NC State at Michigan State 7:30 p.m. ESPN2 Illinois at Maryland 8:00 p.m. ESPNU Boston College at Michigan 9:00 p.m. ESPN North Carolina at Ohio State 9:30 p.m. ESPN2 Virginia Tech at Penn State

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