June 1, 2018

Ohio State to Face Syracuse in ACC/Big Ten Challenge


COLUMBUS, Ohio – Ohio State will host Syracuse in the annual ACC/Big Ten Challenge Nov. 28 at Value City Arena. Tip times and network designations for the Challenge, which will be in its 20th year, will be announced at a later date.

The Buckeyes are 5-1 all-time against Syracuse, the last matchup resulting in a 77-70 Ohio State win in the NCAA East Regional final in Boston March 24, 2012. Ohio State is 2-0 all-time against Syracuse in Columbus, earning a 67-57 win in the last meeting Jan. 4, 1982.

The matchup against Syracuse is in addition to the previously-announced Gavitt Tipoff Games contest for the Buckeyes against Creighton Nov. 15 in Omaha.

Buckeyes in the Big Ten/ACC Challenge
Ohio State has participated in the Big Ten/ACC Challenge for the last 16 years and has a 6-10 record in Challenge games. 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 in 2005-06, 69-59, for its first victory in the challenge. The 2011 game vs. Duke in Columbus pitted the highest combined ranking of Ohio State (2) and Duke (3) in the Buckeyes’ previous 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.

Date                 Opponent                     Result
Dec. 3, 2002     vs. No. 4 Duke             L, 76-91
Dec. 3, 2003     vs. No. 13 Georgia Tech           L, 53-73
Dec. 1, 2004     at Clemson                   L, 73-80
Nov. 28, 2005   vs. Virginia Tech         W, 69-59
Nov. 29, 2006   at No. 7 North Carolina           L, 89-98
Nov. 29, 2007   vs. No. 1 North Carolina          L, 55-66
Dec. 2, 2008     at No. 21 Miami, Fla.   W, 73-68
Dec. 2, 2009     vs. No. 21 Florida State            W, 77-64
Nov. 30, 2010   at Florida State                        W, 58-44
Nov. 29, 2011   vs. No. 3 Duke             W, 85-63
Nov. 28, 2012   at No. 2 Duke               L, 68-73
Dec. 4, 2013     vs. Maryland               W, 76-60
Dec. 2, 2014     at No. 5 Louisville        L, 55-64
Dec. 1, 2015     vs. No. 10 Virginia       L, 58-64
Nov. 30, 2016   at No. 7 Virginia                      L, 61-63
Nov. 29, 2017   vs. Clemson                 L, 65-79

Ohio State vs. The Atlantic Coast Conference
Ohio State is 67-49 all-time vs. the current alignment of the Atlantic Coast Conference. The Buckeyes have faced every league member at least once and have wins against each team except Clemson (0-2) and North Carolina State (0-1). The last meeting for Ohio State against an ACC affiliate was an 86-72 loss to No. 5 North Carolina Dec. 23 of last season in the CBSSports Classic in New Orleans.