Michigan State to Play at Virginia in ACC/Big Ten Challenge


East Lansing, Michigan, October 30, 2020
Michigan State’s men’s basketball team will play at Virginia on Wednesday, Dec. 9 in the ACC/Big Ten Challenge, announced on Friday morning.

Tipoff time and television for the game will be announced at a later date. The ESPN networks will air all 14 games in the Challenge.

The matchup with Virginia will be unique as it matches MSU redshirt junior Joey Hauser (Stevens Point, Wis./Stevens Point) up against his older brother, Sam, a redshirt senior for the Cavaliers.  The brothers will be in their first year at their respective schools following a transfer from Marquette after the 2018-19 season.  The duo helped Stevens Point Area High School to back-to-back state championships in 2015 and 2016.

This will be the sixth all-time meeting between Michigan State and Virginia, with the Spartans leading the head-to-head series, 5-0.  The teams met in the 2002 Challenge, with MSU posting an 82-57 win at the Breslin Center.  The 2001 game was halted due to wet floor conditions at Richmond Coliseum in Virginia. This will be MSU’s first trip to John Paul Jones Arena in Charlottesville.

MSU won the last meeting between the teams, 60-54, on March 22, 2015 during the second round of the NCAA Tournament in Charlotte, N.C. The Spartans are 3-0 at home against the Cavaliers and 2-0 at neutral sites.

Overall, MSU is 8-12 in Big Ten/ACC Challenge history.  Last year, the Spartans lost to Duke, 87-75, at the Breslin Center.  MSU has lost its last two games in the challenge and three of the last five overall.

The Big Ten has won the last two challenges, including last year, when the league held a 9-5 advantage in matchups. 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.

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