On Wednesday afternoon, the 2015 Big Ten/ACC Challenge schedule was released featuring numerous nationally relevant matchups. It's an exciting time for fans of both conferences and college basketball fans in general as the Big Ten/ACC Challenge has become arguably the marquee event of the non-conference season across the nation. The ability to bring together two prestigious conferences with nationally competitive teams and great coaches attracts plenty of attention.
Last season, the Big Ten narrowly came out on top of the event with a 8-6 record with the biggest game of the series between Duke and Wisconsin serving as an appetizer for the eventual national championship game in Indianapolis. There is no guarantee that fans could see a similar game this season, but there are plenty of intriguing matchups.
With that, here are some thoughts on the release.
The Big Three
Though there are 14 matchups in the event featuring 13 teams that received bids to the 2015 NCAA Tournament, there are three games that rise to the top. There are certainly other big games, but it's hard not to think these three games are the biggest.
Top Matchups In the 2015 Big Ten/ACC Challenge:
- Indiana Hoosiers at Duke Blue Devils
- Louisville Cardinals at Michigan State Spartans
- Maryland Terrapins at North Carolina Tar Heels
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Bottom Could Be Vital For Big Ten
You can see the entire 2015 Big Ten/ACC Challenge lineup here.