For the first time this fall, the Big Ten and Big East will face off in an annual "challenge" where the two conferences will face off in an exciting series of non-conference matchups. Both the Big Ten and Big East were considered some of the best conferences in the nation last season and each had a strong showing in the 2015 NCAA Tournament including each conference landing one #1 seed with Wisconsin and Villanova.
As of Tuesday afternoon, all eight games of the 2015 Big Ten - Big East Challenge have been released. Every team from the Big Ten except Michigan State, Minnesota, Ohio State, Penn State, Purdue, and Wisconsin will participate. However, several of these teams including Purdue and Wisconsin will face Big East teams at other times during the non-conference season.
The full schedule is listed below:
2015 Big Ten/Big East Challenge
- Illinois Fighting Illini at Providence Friars
- Indiana Hoosiers vs Creighton Bluejays
- Iowa Hawkeyes vs. Marquette Golden Eagles
- Maryland Terrapins vs. Georgetown Hoyas
- Michigan Wolverines vs. Xavier Musketeers
- Nebraska Cornhuskers at Villanova Wildcats
- Penn State Nittany Lions vs. DePaul Blue Demons
- Rutgers Scarlet Knights at St. John's Red Storm