ACC/Big Ten Challenge breakdown

ACC/Big Ten Challenge breakdown

College basketball writer Marcus Jackson takes a look at each of the 14 games of this year's ACC/Big Ten Challenge.

Illini are headed back on the road to face a Miami team with transfer reinforcements

MATCHUP    DAY    MARCUS JACKSON’S COMMENT
Nebraska at Florida State    Dec. 1    Expectations are high for the Cornhuskers this season, a tough Seminoles squad provides a barometer

Rutgers at Clemson    Dec. 1    Tigers lost top player K.J. McDaniels to the NBA, but return Rod Hall to face new Big Ten member

Syracuse at Michigan    Dec. 2    Both teams lost a bunch of firepower from last year’s squads, but Boeheim and Beilein seem to reload

Ohio State at Louisville    Dec. 2    Cardinals will provide a solid test for the new-look Buckeyes who lose Aaron Craft, LaQuinton Ross

Pittsburgh at Indiana    Dec. 2    All-time series is square after eight meetings, but this is first meeting in Bloomington since 1939

North Carolina State at Purdue    Dec. 2    Don’t sleep on the Boilers, who went 12-5 at home last season; plus they’ve won five straight in event

Illinois at Miami    Dec. 2    UI transfers provide lift, but so do Miami’s with Angel Rodriguez (Kansas State) and Sheldon McClellan (Texas)

Minnesota at Wake Forest    Dec. 2    NIT champion Gophers return four starters and will provide tough test for first-year coach Danny Manning

Duke at Wisconsin    Dec. 3    Badgers return their Final Four core and the Blue Devils feature fabulous freshmen in the marquee game

Michigan State at Notre Dame    Dec. 3    A couple of fringe Top-25 teams for 2014-15, these programs are meeting for the first time since 1979

Iowa at North Carolina    Dec. 3    Too bad this high-scoring tilt won’t be played in Iowa City, UNC star guard Marcus Paige is from Marion, Iowa

Virginia at Maryland    Dec. 3    Ex-ACC arch-rivals rivals used to end the regular season against one another, now they meet in December

Georgia Tech at Northwestern    Dec. 3    ‘Cats looking to make it three straight over the Yellow Jackets in the challenge after wins in 2010 and 2011

Virginia Tech at Penn State    Dec. 3    Hokies hold a 6-1 edge in series, but Penn State won the most recent meeting in the 2007 challenge