Illini get Orange in Big 10/ACC Challenge

CHAMPAIGN - Pairings for the 2022 Big Ten/ACC Men's Basketball Challenge were announced Friday, with Illinois set to host the Syracuse Orange 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.

2022 Big Ten/ACC Challenge Schedule

Monday, Nov. 28
Minnesota at Virginia Tech
Pitt at Northwestern

Tuesday, Nov. 29
Syracuse at Illinois
Maryland at Louisville
Penn State at Clemson
Virginia at Michigan
Wake Forest at Wisconsin
Georgia Tech at Iowa

Wednesday, Nov. 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