Michigan State Women’s Basketball Will Host Virginia in ACC/Big Ten Challenge
The Spartans will face the Cavaliers for just the second time in school history.
EAST LANSING, Mich. - The matchups for the 2018 ACC/Big Ten Women’s Basketball Challenge were announced on Monday morning in a joint release by the two conferences. In the 12th year of the event, Michigan State women’s basketball will host Virginia on Wednesday, Nov. 28 after two-straight seasons playing in a road game for the Challenge.
Last year’s Challenge proved to be one of the most competitive in the event’s history, with 10 of the 14 games decided by 10 points or fewer, including four games decided by one point, with the ACC ultimately prevailing by a 10-4 count. Last year, Maryland, Penn State, Rutgers and Wisconsin registered wins for the Big Ten. Michigan State fell to Miami last season on the road, 67-57.
This is the first Challenge meeting for the Spartans and the Cavaliers. Overall, Michigan State is 0-1 against Virginia with the Cavaliers stopping the Spartans, 91-74, at the Pepsi/Church’s Holiday Classic in Miami in 1990. UVa was ranked No. 1 in the nation the last time the teams met.
Michigan State is 5-6 all-time in the Challenge. MSU won its inaugural contest, 68-51, over Clemson at the Breslin Center in 2007, before a 2008 loss to Georgia Tech. In 2009, Michigan State upset No. 4 North Carolina, 72-66, in East Lansing, and followed it up with a come-from-behind upset at No. 15 Florida State, 72-64, in 2010. In 2011, MSU lost to No. 9 Miami, 76-60, at the Breslin Center, but bounced back to win at NC State, 68-51, in 2012. In 2013, the Spartans remained on the road but lost to Florida State, 60-58.
In 2014, Michigan State came-from-behind to capture a 79-73 overtime win against Georgia Tech. In 2015, Louisville came out fast and despite a second-half comeback by MSU, the Cardinals captured the win, 85-78. The Spartans traveled to No. 21 Syracuse, falling to the Orange in the Carrier Dome, 75-64 in 2016. Last season, despite a game-high 14 points from guard Taryn McCutcheon, Michigan State was stopped at Miami.
The Spartans finished the 2017-18 season with a 19-14 record, advancing to the Sweet 16 of the WNIT. Michigan State will return four of its top scorers next season led by All-Big Ten honorees Shay Colley, McCutcheon and Jenna Allen. Colley was the Spartans’ leading scorer with 12.4 points per game.
Game times, as well as television and broadband coverage, will be announced at a later date.
Wednesday, November 28
Illinois at Clemson
Virginia at Michigan State
Rutgers at Virginia Tech
Indiana at Wake Forest
Duke at Wisconsin
Thursday, November 29
Penn State at Florida State
Nebraska at Louisville
Georgia Tech at Maryland
Syracuse at Minnesota
Michigan at NC State
Pittsburgh at Northwestern
Iowa at Notre Dame
North Carolina at Ohio State
Miami at Purdue