The Louisville Cardinals will visit East Lansing to take on the Michigan State Spartans in the annual ACC/Big Ten Challenge in 2021. The game will be played on Wednesday, Dec. 1. Broadcast information will be announced at a later date. The news was first reported by Jon Rothstein of CBS Sports, and has since been confirmed by Michigan State.
A lot of Spartans fans were likely hoping to see Duke at the Breslin Center this year for the annual ACC/Big Ten Challenge after last year’s trip to Durham, North Carolina for the Champions Classic. However, Duke is off to Ohio State for the event. With that said, it is still possible the Blue Devils come to East Lansing for a standalone non-conference game this season.
The Spartans will host Louisville in East Lansing for the first time since Dec. 2, 2015. The Spartans beat the Cardinals 71-67 in that year’s challenge. The last time the teams faced off overall was on Nov. 27, 2018, also in the annual challenge, but in Louisville where 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 inter-conference challenge dates back to 1999.
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