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The 21st ACC/Big Ten Challenge tips off on Dec. 2, with Illinois hosting Miami at State Farm Center. Beat writer Scott Richey breaks down that matchup and the 13 others that were announced Thursday:

Must watch

Duke at Michigan State

One of these teams will be ranked No. 1 heading into the game. The only question is which one. Cassius Winston and the Spartans? Or the next crop of five-star Blue Devils?

Ohio State at UNC

Definitely tune in to see this battle of elite level point guards. The Buckeyes and Tar Heels have a lot riding on the likes of D.J. Carton and Cole Anthony, respectively.

Michigan at Louisville

Chris Mack's Cardinals are the team with legitimate NCAA title aspirations, but all eyes will continue to be on Michigan coach Juwan Howard in his first season.

Set the DVR

Virginia at Purdue

The best players from the Elite Eight showdown between these teams won't be back, but it's unwise to discount the ability of Purdue's Matt Painter or Virginia's Tony Bennett to reload.

Notre Dame at Maryland

The Irish and Terps had equally young teams last year. While the former stumbled after a 10-3 start, Maryland reached the NCAA tourney with underclassmen in key roles.

Miami at Illinois

The Illini have NCAA tournament dreams with this roster in Brad Underwood's third season, and this is exactly the type of game they have to win to fulfill them.

Catch up on Netflix

Florida State at Indiana

Hoosiers' fans are already starting to grumble about Archie Miller. Taking down a Sweet 16 team in reload mode might forestall that ... a little.

Wisconsin at N.C. State

This game is as good as any to see if Badgers' big man Nate Reuvers can be the next Ethan Happ and/or Frank Kaminsky.

Iowa at Syracuse

Jordan Bohannon on the bench (probably) doesn't bode well for the Hawkeyes in their trip to upstate New York.Clemson at MinnesotaRichard Pitino and Brad Brownell can commiserate about losing their best players in the offseason.

Catch up on sleep

Nebraska at Georgia Tech

Have a roster handy for this one. The Cornhuskers have 13 new players as Fred Hoiberg nuked his roster, and the Yellow Jackets have four.

Rutgers at Pittsburgh

The Scarlet Knights' best shot at an early signature win evaporated when Eugene Omoruyi decided to transfer last month.

Wake Forest at Penn State

The Nittany Lions should easily handle the Demon Deacons and make Danny Manning's seat another degree hotter.

Northwestern at Boston College

It's something of a new era for both teams with careers finished for cornerstone players. Don't expect much this year.

College/Prep Sports Reporter

Scott Richey is a reporter covering college basketball at The News-Gazette. His email is, and you can follow him on Twitter (@srrichey).