May 14, 2012
Hokies to host Iowa in ACC/Big 10 Challenge
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GREENSBORO, N.C. – Virginia Tech will host Iowa in the 14th annual ACC/Big Ten Challenge Presented by DICK’S Sporting Goods on Tuesday, Nov. 27. Game time and network will be announced at a later date.

The Hokies, who finished the 2011-12 season 16-17 overall and 4-12 in ACC action, will play the Hawkeyes for the third time in the Challenge, with Tech holding a 2-0 advantage. Tech defeated Iowa, 70-64, in Iowa City in the 2009 Challenge and defeated the Hawkeyes, 69-65, in Cassell Coliseum in the 2006 Challenge. Iowa was 18-17 overall and 8-10 in the Big 10 Conference last season. The Hokies will be led by first year head coach James Johnson in the 2012-13 season.

The Hokies are 2-0 all-time against Iowa and 18-14 all-time against schools currently in the Big 10 Conference. Tech is 2-5 all-time in the ACC/Big 10 Challenge.

ESPN, ESPN2 and ESPNU will combine to televise all 12 games of the two-day event matching top college basketball programs playing for conference supremacy and the Commissioners Cup.

All 12 games will also be available via WatchESPN, which delivers live access to ESPN, ESPN2, ESPNU and ESPN3 on PCs, smartphones and tablets to fans who receive ESPN’s linear networks as part of their video subscription from Comcast, Time Warner Cable, Bright House Networks or Verizon FiOS TV.

The 2012 Challenge involves nine teams ranked in an early preseason top 25, including five of the top nine: No. 1 Indiana, No. 5 Michigan, No. 6 NC State, No. 8 Ohio State and No. 9 Michigan State.

The ACC won the first 10 Challenges while the Big Ten captured the Commissioner Cup for the third consecutive event, including an eight to four win advantage over the ACC last year. In the event of a 6-6 tie, the Commissioner’s Cup will remain with the conference that won the previous year.

2012 ACC/Big Ten Challenge schedule (times and networks are to be determined):

Tue, Nov 27

North Carolina at Indiana

NC State at Michigan

Minnesota at Florida State

Maryland at Northwestern

Iowa at Virginia Tech

Nebraska at Wake Forest

Wed, Nov 28

Ohio State at Duke

Virginia at Wisconsin

Michigan State at Miami

Purdue at Clemson

Georgia Tech at Illinois

Boston College at Penn State

For updates on Virginia Tech men's basketball, follow the Hokies on Twitter (@VT_MBBall).

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