Jon Rothstein of CBS Sports reported Thursday night (October 29) that the Virginia Cavaliers will host the Michigan State Spartans as part of the 2020 ACC-Big Ten Challenge.
Sources: Virginia will host Michigan State in the ACC/Big Ten Challenge.— Jon Rothstein (@JonRothstein) October 29, 2020
If the Hoos and Spartans square off, it’ll be the first time the two squads play in this event since 2002. The two also played in 2001, but the game was called off due to an unplayable court at the Richmond Coliseum. No. 9 Virginia was leading No. 22 Michigan State 31-28 when the game was called.
MSU bested Virginia in both the 2014 and 2015 NCAA tournaments, and the Hoos could have had a rematch in the 2019 Final Four if the Spartans hadn’t fallen to Texas Tech.
Another fun wrinkle: this game will pit the Hauser brothers against one another as Virginia got Marquette transfer Sam Hauser, while his brother, Sam, went to Michigan State.
Before losing to Purdue on the road in 2019’s Challenge, Virginia had won five straight in the event. The Hoos are one of four teams to play in all 22 of the ACC-Big Ten events, along with Duke, Florida State, and North Carolina.
The games are scheduled to take place either the 8th or 9th of December, and this is now the fourth game we know about on the Cavaliers’ 2020 schedule. Virginia will open the season on November 25 against St. Peter’s and play Florida on November 27th. Both of those games are going to be played at the Mohegan Sun in Uncasville, Connecticut. Virginia is also scheduled to take on Villanova on December 19 at Madison Square Garden.
Going off of the Andy Katz’ Power 36 rankings, Virginia — which he has ranked No. 7 — would face No. 3 Villanova, No. 12 Michigan State, and No. 29 Florida. It is expected that the Cavaliers will also try and add one more non-conference game before ACC play starts.
Here are the rest of the matchups, per Jon Rothstein’s Twitter feed:
- NC State at Michigan
- Ohio State at Notre Dame
- Indiana at Florida State
- Illinois at Duke
- Syracuse at Rutgers
- Boston College at Minnesota
- Maryland at Clemson
- Pitt at Northwestern
- Georgia Tech at Nebraska
- Louisville at Wisconsin
- Penn State at Virginia Tech
- Purdue at Miami
- North Carolina at Iowa
Wake Forest is not participating in the 2020 ACC/Big Ten Challenge.