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Michigan State Men’s Basketball: Louisville tipoff time announced

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Michigan State will host Louisville at the Breslin Center for the 2021 ACC/Big Ten Challenge at 7:15 p.m.

NCAA Basketball: Michigan State at Louisville
Michigan State Spartans guard Joshua Langford (1) posts up against Louisville Cardinals forward Dwayne Sutton (24) during the second half at KFC Yum! Center. Louisville defeated Michigan State 82-78 in the 2018 challenge. Louisville visits East Lansing for this year’s challenge with game time set for 7:15 p.m.
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The Louisville Cardinals visit East Lansing to take on the Michigan State Spartans in the annual ACC/Big Ten Challenge this December. The game will be played on Wednesday, Dec. 1. We now know that the game will start at 7:15 p.m. ET and will air on either ESPN or ESPN2.

The Spartans host Louisville in East Lansing for the first time since Dec. 2, 2015. That matchup was also part of the Big Ten/ACC Challenge. The Spartans beat the Cardinals 71-67 in that game. The last time the teams faced off was Nov. 27, 2018, also in the annual challenge. This game was in Louisville and the Cardinals beat MSU 82-78.

Michigan State will have a shot to tie the all-time series against Louisville this season. Currently MSU trails in the all-time series, with the Cardinals winning six game and the Spartans winning five contests. Louisville owns the longest win streak at three games from 1959-1993. The Spartans had a two-game win streak twice in the series, from 1999-2009, and again in 2015 in the NCAA Tournament and the following regular season. The Cardinals have never won in East Lansing, going 0-3, however, MSU also is 0-3 in Louisville. The Cardinals are 3-2 on neutral courts.

As for the overall records in the ACC/Big Ten Challenge, the Big Ten trails 7-12-3. However, the league is on a two-year win streak after winning the challenge in 2019 (8-6) and 2020 (7-5). The interconference challenge dates back to 1999.

The other matchups start times and network information are as follows: