This is Amelia Rayno's third season on the Gophers men's basketball beat. She learned college basketball in North Carolina (Go Tar Heels!), where fanhood is not an option. In 2010, she joined the Star Tribune after graduating from Boston's Emerson College, which sadly had no exciting D-I college hoops to latch onto. Amelia has also worked on the sports desk at the Boston Globe and interned at the Detroit News.

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Virginia Tech at Minnesota Nov. 30 in Big Ten/ACC Challenge

Posted by: Amelia Rayno under College basketball Updated: May 17, 2011 - 10:08 PM

The Gophers will face Virginia Tech at Williams Arena Nov. 30, as part of the 13th annual Big Ten/ACC Challenge. It's their second consecutive home matchup in the event.

Last season, Minnesota squandered a double-digit lead in a home loss to Virginia, its first defeat during the 2010-11 season.

This year's Challenge will be highlighted by a pair of matchups: Duke at Ohio State and Wisconsin at North Carolina.

Here's the full release from the U of M: 

Gophers to Host Virginia Tech in 2011 Big Ten/ACC Challenge


The University of Minnesota men’s basketball team will host Virginia Tech in the 13th Annual Big Ten/ACC Challenge, the conferences announced today. The Gophers and Hokies will square off on Tuesday, Nov. 29, at Williams Arena. The time has not been determined.

Minnesota and Virginia Tech will be meeting for the first time in each school’s history but head coach Tubby Smith has a perfect 2-0 record against the Hokies. Smith’s Georgia Bulldogs defeated Tech in back-to-back seasons, 85-72 during the 1995-96 season and 60-57 in 1996-97. The Gophers’ last victory in the challenge came in 2008, a 66-56 triumph over Virginia at Williams Arena.

The Gophers are 4-8 in the Big Ten/ACC Challenge following last season’s 87-79 loss to the University of Virginia at Williams Arena. The Michigan State Spartans (6-5) and Wisconsin Badgers (6-6) each have six victories in the history of the challenge. Illinois (5-7), Northwestern (5-7) and Ohio State (5-5) have five wins followed by the Gophers, Michigan (4-6) and Purdue (4-7) with four. Indiana (3-7) and Penn State (3-7) each have three victories while Iowa (2-7) has two. Duke holds the best record in the challenge at 11-1.

Thanks to the addition of Nebraska to the Big Ten Conference, the Challenge will feature 12 games for the first time in the history of the event, all of which will be broadcast on the ESPN family of networks (ESPN, ESPN2, ESPNU & ESPN3.com).

The Big Ten is the defending Commissioner’s Cup champion, defeating the ACC by a 7-to-4 margin a year ago. Road teams won six of the 11 games in 2010.


2011 Big Ten/ACC Challenge Schedule (times and networks are TBD)
Tuesday, Nov. 29 Miami at Purdue
Northwestern at Georgia Tech
Illinois at Maryland
Michigan at Virginia
Clemson at Iowa
Duke at Ohio State
Wednesday, Nov. 30 Indiana at North Carolina State
Penn State at Boston College
Florida State at Michigan State
Virginia Tech at Minnesota
Wake Forest at Nebraska
Wisconsin at North Carolina

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