Wisconsin Badgers head coach Bo Ryan is REALLY EXCITED to play Virginia.
The conferences announced the matchups of the ACC / Big Ten Challenge today. The Virginia Cavaliers are slated to take on Wisconsin this year on Wednesday, November 28.
That's right, once again, just to have fun with storylines, Tony Bennett is heading back to his home state of Wisconsin for some hoops action. Bennett was an assistant coach at Wisconsin from 1999-2003.
The Badgers had a great season last year, advancing to the Sweet 16 as the No. 4 seed before falling to top-seeded Syracuse by just one point, 64-63. They finished their season with a 26-10 overall record, 12-6 in the B1G, for a fourth place finish. The Badgers finished 12th in the final Coaches Poll.
Virginia has only ever faced Wisconsin twice, with each school taking a win. The Cavaliers won the first contest in 1975, 86-78, while losing the second one in 1999, 66-56. This is the first time the two teams will play each other in the ACC / Big Ten Challenge. Wisconsin is 6-7 overall in the Challenge.
Virginia hosted No. 14 Michigan in last year's iteration of the Challenge, coming up with a big win over the Wolverines as part of a 12-game win streak for the Hoos. It was Virginia's only win over a ranked opponent last year, but it was the statement game that allowed UVA fans to believe that the Hoos really could go dancing. And they did.
The Cavaliers are 7-5 all time in the ACC / Big Ten Challenge and have won the last two, against No. 14 Michigan and on the road against No. 13 Minnesota. While the ACC has a commanding 10-3 all time record over the B1G in the Challenge, the Big Ten has somehow won each of the past three.
Here is a look at the full matchups between the conferences:
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