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Irish Insights


Notre Dame to play Michigan State in ACC/Big Ten Challenge

The Notre Dame men’s basketball team will play an opponent it hasn’t faced in 31 years when the Irish play host of an ACC/Big Ten Challenge game this season.

The Irish will play Michigan State on Dec. 3 in Purcell Pavilion as they play their second game in the Challenge.

Notre Dame has not played Michigan State since losing to the Spartans in the Mideast Regional final of the 1979 NCAA tournament. The game will be the first time Michigan State has played at Notre Dame since the Spartans defeated the Irish 76-73 on Feb. 5, 1975.

“This is going to be a terrific early-season test for our players and a great non-conference home game for our fans,” Notre Dame head coach Mike Brey said in a statement. “We’re thrilled with the matchup on what will be an exciting and electric night of basketball in our building.”

The Challenge will feature 14 games with all 14 Big Ten teams playing and 14 of the 15 ACC teams playing. Boston College will not play in the 2014 event.

Other teams from Indiana playing in the Challenge are IU playing host to Pittsburgh and Purdue playing host to North Carolina State. Those games will be on Dec. 2.

Times and networks will be announced in August with the games being televised on ESPN, ESPN2 or ESPNU.

ACC/Big Ten Challenge schedule

Dec. 1

Nebraska at Florida State

Rutgers at Clemson

Dec. 2

Syracuse at Michigan

Ohio State at Louisville

Pittsburgh at Indiana

N.C. State at Purdue

Illinois at Miami

Minnesota at Wake Forest

Dec. 3

Duke at Wisconsin

Michigan State at Notre Dame

Iowa at North Carolina

Virginia at Maryland

Georgia Tech at Northwestern

Virginia Tech at Penn State