Illini to Host Syracuse in ACC / Big Ten Challenge

Illini to Host Syracuse in ACC / Big Ten Challenge

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Pairings for the 2022 ACC / Big Ten Men’s Basketball Challenge were announced Friday, with Illinois set to host Syracuse on Nov. 29.

This will mark only the fourth all-time game between the Fighting Illini and Orange, and first in 27 years. It also is the first meeting between the programs played on campus, with the previous three contests all held at neutral sites.

Syracuse won the most recent match-up in 1995, defeating the Illini in the Honolulu Rainbow Classic. The programs met in Minneapolis in the Elite Eight of the 1989 NCAA Tournament, with the top-seeded Illini defeating the second-seeded Orange, securing a trip to the Final Four for the Flyin ‘Illini. The first meeting in the series was an Illinois victory at the 1978 Kentucky Invitational Tournament in Lexington.

Illinois has won its last two ACC / Big Ten Challenge contests, posting a 15-point victory at No. 10 Duke in 2020 and defeating Notre Dame by 10 in Champaign last season. The Illini own a record of 10-13 all-time in the Challenge.

ESPN, ESPN2 and ESPNU will once again combine to televise all 14 games of the 24th annual ACC / Big Ten Challenge, matching top college basketball programs playing for the Commissioner’s Cup. All games will also be available to stream via the ESPN app. Television network assignments and tip times will be announced at a later date.

Illinois Basketball season ticket renewals and new season tickets are on sale now and can be purchased online at FightingIllini.com. Illinois is the reigning Big Ten Champion after going 15-5 in league play last season to win its first regular season title since 2005. Illinois has posted a 44-16 record in conference play over the last three years, the winningest stretch in program history .

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2022 ACC / Big Ten Challenge Schedule

Monday, November 28
Minnesota at Virginia Tech
Pitt at Northwestern

Tuesday, November 29

Syracuse at Illinois
Maryland at Louisville
Penn State at Clemson
Virginia at Michigan
Wake Forest at Wisconsin
Georgia Tech at Iowa

Wednesday, November 30
Ohio State at Duke
Purdue at Florida State
Rutgers at Miami
North Carolina at Indiana
Michigan State at Notre Dame
Boston College at Nebraska

Illinois ACC / Big Ten Challenge History (10-13)

Nov. 29, 2021 – Illinois 82, Notre Dame 72 (Champaign, Ill.)
Dec. 8, 2020 – # 6 Illinois 83, # 10 Duke 68 (Durham, NC)
Dec. 2, 2019 – Miami 81, Illinois 79 (Champaign, Ill.)
Nov. 27, 2018 – Notre Dame 76, Illinois 74 (South Bend, Ind.)
Nov, 28, 2017 – Wake Forest 80, Illinois 73 (Winston-Salem, NC)
Nov. 29, 2016 – Illinois 88, North Carolina State 74 (Champaign, Ill.)
Dec. 2, 2015 – Notre Dame 84, Illinois 79 (Champaign, Ill.)
Dec. 2, 2014 – # 15 Miami 70, # 24 Illinois 61 (Miami, Fla.)
Dec. 3, 2013 – Georgia Tech 67, Illinois 64 (Atlanta, Ga.)
Nov. 28, 2012 – # 22 Illinois 75, Georgia Tech 62 (Champaign, Ill.)
Nov. 29, 2011 – Illinois 71, Maryland 62 (College Park, Md.)
Nov. 30, 2010 – # 20 Illinois 79, North Carolina 67 (Champaign, Ill.)
Dec. 2, 2009 – Illinois 76, # 18 Clemson 74 (Clemson, SC)
Dec. 2, 2008 – Clemson 76, Illinois 74 (Champaign, Ill.)
Nov. 28, 2007 – Maryland 69, Illinois 61 (College Park, Md.)
Nov. 28, 2006 – # 23 Maryland 72, Illinois 66 (Champaign, Ill.)
Nov. 29, 2005 – # 12 Illinois 68, North Carolina 64 (Chapel Hill, NC)
Dec. 1, 2004 – # 5 Illinois 91, # 1 Wake Forest 73 (Champaign, Ill.)
Dec. 2, 2003 – # 10 North Carolina 88, # 11 Illinois 81 (Greensboro, NC)
Dec. 3, 2002 – # 25 Illinois 92, # 12 North Carolina 65 (Champaign, Ill.)
Nov. 27, 2001 – # 5 Maryland 76, # 2 Illinois 63 (College Park, Md.)
Nov. 28, 2000 – # 1 Duke 78, # 9 Illinois 77 (Greensboro, NC)
Nov. 30, 1999 – # 17 Duke 72, # 16 Illinois 69 (Chicago)

Illinois Series History vs. Syracuse (2-1)

Dec. 27, 1995 – # 13 Syracuse 75, # 12 Illinois 64 (Rainbow Classic, Honolulu)
March 26, 1989 – # 3 Illinois 89, # 7 Syracuse 86 (NCAA Tournament, Minneapolis)
Dec. 22, 1978 – # 15 Illinois 64, # 8 Syracuse 61 (Kentucky Invitational Tournament, Lexington, Ky.)

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