Notre Dame visit to Michigan State for Big Ten/ACC Challenge gets prime TV slot
All of college basketball's eyes will be on Notre Dame's visit to Michigan State come November as part of the Big Ten/ACC Challenge.
How big has ESPN, which dictates the annual matchup for television purposes, deemed the non-conference clash between two likely Top 25 teams?
The game gets its own night - Thursday, Nov. 30 - all to itself for a prime-time ESPN matchup.
Dates for the 19th-annual challenge were announced Monday. There are two games on Monday, Nov. 27, five on Tuesday, Nov. 28 and six more on Wednesday, Nov. 29.
The challenge wraps with Notre Dame's first visit to East Lansing since Feb. 4, 1974. There are myriad reasons for it being the final game of the challenge.
Both teams are expected to be really good, so ESPN wants as much exposure as possible. Playing it late in the week also will help the Irish get their mainland legs back under them, as well as potentially another non-league home game, after spending much of the previous week in Maui for three games in the Maui Jim Maui Invitational.
Specific tip time and television outlet (likely on ESPN) will be announced at a later date.
The challenge schedule, like all of the Big Ten's slate of games in 2017-18, has been moved up a week earlier than usual to accommodate the league holding its year-end conference tournament a week earlier than normal.
The Big Ten plans for each team to play two conference games that the first full week of December.
Notre Dame has won its last three Big Ten/ACC Challenge games after losing its inaugural game at Iowa in 2013.
Michigan State leads the all-time series 60-36, 25-22 in East Lansing.