The 2019 Big Ten/ACC Challenge will begin Monday evening with a late night doubleheader featuring Miami, Illinois, Clemson and Minnesota. The first game tips at 7 p.m.ET from Champaign, Illinois between Miami and Illinois, and the night concludes from Minneapolis with Clemson and Minnesota duking it out at 9 p.m.
Speaking of duking it out, Duke — which dropped from No. 1 in the AP Top 25 to No. 10 this week — is part of a monstrous Tuesday slate that features four ranked teams in action. The Blue Devils face preseason No. 1 Michigan State at 9:30 p.m. Tuesday to cap the second day of the event. Earlier in the evening, at 9 p.m., new No. 1 Louisville will welcome No. 4 Michigan into the KFC Yum! Center for what figures to be the headline matchup of the week.
On the final day of the event Wednesday, No. 3 Maryland will take center stage as the first of six games that will conclude the 2019 event. The Terps take on Notre Dame at 7:15 p.m. and look to extend their early season record to 9-0 — which would be the program’s best start since the 2006-2007 season.
2019 ACC/Big Ten Challenge schedule
All times Eastern
Monday, Dec. 2
- Miami at Illinois (-8) — 7 p.m. ESPN2: Illinois is the better team with the better talent — and it gets Miami at home. I think the Illini cover the 8-point spread and win with ease here. They’re coming off a four-game winning streak coming into this game, while Miami has lost two straight in decidedly lopsided fashion. Pick: Illinois -8
- Clemson at Minnesota (-3) — 9 p.m. ESPN2: Clemson’s a 3-point road dog here, but give me the Tigers … straight up. Their only two losses this season have come to Virginia Tech and Colorado, and both teams have looked top-25 quality at times this season. Minnesota, meanwhile, has taken four losses already and is coming off a close home loss to DePaul. Pick: Clemson +3
Tuesday, Dec. 3
Wednesday, Dec. 4