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Report: MSU-Duke, UM-Va. Tech in ACC-Big Ten Challenge

Tony Paul
The Detroit News
Tom Izzo

Michigan State will play at Duke in next season’s ACC-Big Ten Challenge, and Michigan will host Virginia Tech, according to CBS Sports’ Jon Rothstein.

For the Spartans, it’s yet another early season marquee game for a team that will be young, but uber-talented.

Michigan State will open the season against Arizona at Pearl Harbor, and also has a nonconference game against Kentucky in the Champions Classic at Madison Square Garden in New York.

Michigan, criticized for an underwhelming nonconference schedule this past season, adds Virginia Tech to games against UCLA and Cincinnati, plus a game or two against either Marquette, Pitt and SMU, depending on how the bracket shakes out for the 2K Classic, which will have its finals at the Garden.

Coach John Beilein has hinted that another BCS-level opponent could be coming.

Here are the ACC-Big Ten Challenge matchups Rothestein reported; the conferences haven’t confirmed the schedule.

•Michigan State at Duke

•Virginia Tech at Michigan

•Iowa at Notre Dame

•N.C. State at Illinois

•Pitt at Maryland

•Nebraska at Clemson

•Minnesota at Florida State

•Rutgers at Miami

•Wake Forest at Northwestern

•Georgia Tech at Penn State

•Ohio State at Louisville

•Purdue at Virginia

•North Carolina at Indiana

•Syracuse at Wisconsin

The Big Ten hasn’t lost the annual challenge since 2008, winning five of the last seven years, and tying twice.

Last season, the Big Ten won eight of 14 games.

Duke, of course, always has been a thorn in Michigan State’s side. Tom Izzo is 1-9 against Mike Krzyzewski, though that one win was a big one — in the Sweet 16 round of the 2005 NCAA Tournament.

The teams last met in the 2015 Final Four with Duke winning, 81-61.


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