Michigan State Spartan Basketball to Host Duke Blue Devis in B1G/ACC Challenge

Michigan State Spartan Basketball to Host Duke Blue Devis in B1G/ACC Challenge

The Michigan State Spartans are the pre-season #1 ranked team. They learned today that they are playing #2, #4 and possibly even #3 in the first few weeks of the season! Here is the information from the MSU SID!

East Lansing, Mich. –  Michigan State's men's basketball team will host Duke on Tuesday, Dec. 3 in the 2019 Big Ten/ACC Challenge.  Tip time and television designation will be announced at a later date.  ESPN, ESPN2 and ESPNU will combine to televise all 14 games of the event.

"We are excited to host Duke in the Big Ten/ACC Challenge," MSU head coach Tom Izzo said. "When you consider that we will play Kentucky in the Champions Classic, at Seton Hall in the Gavitt Games, in a loaded field at the Maui Invitational where we could possibly play Kansas, and then host Duke, all in less than 30 days, that's as tough an opening stretch of non-conference games as I can remember. But I'm really most excited for our fans and season ticket holders who will get to watch what promises to be an excellent basketball game at Breslin Center."

This will be the 16th all-time meeting between Michigan State and Duke, with the Blue Devils leading the all-time series, 12-3.  The Spartans won the most recent meeting, beating the top-seeded Blue Devils, 68-67, in the 2019 NCAA East Regional Final to advance to the Final Four for the eighth time under Head Coach Tom Izzo.  Duke has won all four meetings in the Big Ten/ACC Challenge, the last a 78-69 decision in 2016 in North Carolina.

Overall, MSU is 8-11 in Big Ten/ACC Challenge history.  Last year, the Spartans lost at Louisville, 82-78, in overtime.  MSU has split its last four games in the Challenge. 

The Big Ten and the ACC each won seven games in last year's challenge.  In 2017, the ACC captured the Commissioner's Cup, winning the challenge, 11-3. The Big Ten won the challenge by an 8-6 count in both 2014 and 2015. The two conferences split the challenge in 2012 and 2013 following three-straight wins for the Big Ten (2009-11). The ACC captured the first 10 challenges.

MSU in Big Ten/ACC Challenge History 
1999 - MSU 86, North Carolina 76 - Chapel Hill, N.C.
2000 - MSU 77, North Carolina 64 - East Lansing
2001 - MSU, Virginia - Cancelled - Richmond, Va.
2002 - MSU 82, Virginia 75 - East Lansing
2003 - Duke 72, MSU 50 - East Lansing
2004 - Duke 81, MSU 74 - Durham, N.C.
2005 - MSU 88, Georgia Tech 86 - East Lansing
2006 - Boston College 65, MSU 58 - Chestnut Hill, Mass.
2007 - MSU 81, North Carolina State 58 - East Lansing
2008 - North Carolina 98, MSU 63 - Detroit
2009 - North Carolina 89, MSU 82 - Chapel Hill, N.C.
2010 - Duke 84, MSU 79 - Durham, N.C.
2011 - MSU 65, Florida State 49 - East Lansing
2012 - Miami 67, MSU 59 - Coral Gables, Fla.
2013 - North Carolina 79, MSU 65 - East Lansing
2014 - Notre Dame 79, MSU 78, OT - Notre Dame, Ind.
2015 – MSU 71, Louisville 67 – East Lansing
2016 – Duke 78, MSU 69 – Durham, N.C. 
2017 – MSU 81, Notre Dame 63 – East Lansing
2018 – Louisville 82, MSU 78, OT – Louisville, Ky.

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