Apr 6, 2013; Atlanta, GA, USA; Michigan Wolverines guard Tim Hardaway Jr. (10) reaches for a loose ball against Syracuse Orange forward Rakeem Christmas (25) in the first half of the semifinals during the 2013 NCAA mens Final Four at the Georgia Dome. Mandatory Credit: Robert Deutsch-USA TODAY Sports

Syracuse Orange to Play Michigan in ACC/Big Ten Challenge

ESPN MediaZone released the full schedule for the 2014 ACC/Big Ten Challenge for this upcoming college basketball season. On Tuesday, December 2nd, the Syracuse Orange will travel to Ann Arbor to take on the Michigan Wolverines as a part of this annual series.

The time for all 14 games is yet to be determined and will be scheduled in August. Here is a full look at who will be playing who:

Monday, December 1
Nebraska at Florida State
Rutgers at Clemson

Tuesday, December 2
Syracuse at Michigan
Ohio State at Louisville
Pittsburgh at Indiana
NC State at Purdue
Illinois at Miami
Minnesota at Wake Forest

Wednesday, December 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

The last time the Orange and the Wolverines met was on a completely different stage. The two met in the 2013 Final Four, with the Wolverines coming out on top 61-56, eventually losing to the Louisville Cardinals in the title game. In this year’s ACC/Big Ten game, the Orange hosted the Indiana Hoosiers (another 2013 NCAA tournament foe) and won 69-52. This will be the first time the Orange will be taking their talents on the road to a Big Ten school since they played in East Lansing against Michigan State in February of 2003. Led by Carmelo Anthony’s 25 points, the Orange squeaked out a one-point victory.

This matchup will pin two head coaches very familiar with each other on the same sideline. Jim Boeheim and Michigan head coach John Beilein coached against each from 2002-2007 while Beilein was the coach of Big East rival West Virginia. Beilein also coached Le Moyne College in Syracuse from 1983-1992.

Like the Orange, the Wolverines lost a couple of key players to the NBA Draft. Big Ten Player of the Year Nik Stauskas, Glenn Robinson III and Mitch McGary all will forego the rest of their college career’s and enter the 2014 draft. Big man Jon Horford also will not be on the program as he chose to transfer to the University of Florida. A key player to watch for returning for the Wolverines is Caris LeVert, who was the team’s third leading scorer last season.


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