October 30, 2020

Buckeyes, Fighting Irish to Battle in 2020 ACC/Big Ten Challenge


COLUMBUS, Ohio – Ohio State will travel to South Bend, Ind. and play Notre Dame Dec. 8 as part of the 2020 ACC/Big Ten Challenge. It will be the first meeting between the Buckeyes and Fighting Irish as part of the event.

Ohio State owns an 8-4 all-time record against Notre Dame. The programs have not played each other since Dec. 21, 2013 when the Buckeyes clinched a 64-61 win at Madison Square Garden. The Dec. 8 outing will be the first time Ohio State has made the trip to South Bend since Dec. 4, 1972, where it came away with an 81-75 overtime victory.

Ohio State has participated in the Big Ten/ACC Challenge for the last 18 years and has a 7-11 record in the event. The Buckeyes first took part in the event during the 2002-03 season against Duke in Greensboro, N.C., a 91-75 Blue Devils’ victory. Ohio State defeated Virginia Tech in Columbus during the 2005-06 season, 69-59, for its first win in the event. The 2011 game versus Duke in Columbus pitted the highest combined ranking of Ohio State (2) and Duke (3) in the Buckeyes’ Challenge games. That record was nearly tied in 2012 with the No. 4 Buckeyes traveling to No. 2 Duke. Ohio State was No. 3 and North Carolina came in at No. 7 in the 2006 Challenge. Ohio State has faced a ranked ACC opponent 12 times in the Challenge. Most recently, the No. 6 Buckeyes stifled the No. 7 Tar Heels, 74-49, in last year’s Challenge.

Date OpponentResultFinal Score
12/3/02Ohio Statevs. No. 4 DukeL76-91
12/2/03Ohio StateNo. 13 Georgia TechL53-73
12/1/04Ohio Stateat ClemsonL73-80
11/28/05Ohio StateVirginia TechW69-59
11/29/06No. 3 Ohio Stateat No. 7 North CarolinaL89-98
11/29/07Ohio StateNo. 1 North CarolinaL55-66
12/2/08Ohio Stateat No. 21 Miami (Fla.)W73-68
12/2/09No. 15 Ohio StateNo. 21 Florida StateW77-64
11/30/10No. 2 Ohio Stateat Florida StateW58-44
11/29/11No. 2 Ohio StateNo. 3 DukeW85-63
11/28/12No. 4 Ohio Stateat No. 2 DukeL68-73
12/4/13No. 5 Ohio StateMarylandW76-60
12/2/14No. 14 Ohio Stateat No. 5 LouisvilleL55-64
12/1/15Ohio StateNo. 10 VirginiaL58-64
11/30/16Ohio Stateat No. 7 VirginiaL61-63
11/29/17Ohio StateClemsonL65-79
11/28/18No. 16 Ohio StateSyracuseL62-72
12/4/19No. 6 Ohio Stateat No. 7 North CarolinaW74-49