Duke at Wisconsin headlines 2014 ACC-Big Ten Challenge matchups

By Chip Patterson | Staff Writer

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The ACC-Big Ten Challenge provides college basketball fans with at couple of must-see games every season, and things will be no different in 2014-15 with a pair of national title contenders headlining the annual event.

Duke, with star freshmen Tyus Jones and Jahill Okafor, will travel to Wisconsin to face Frank Kaminsky and much of the core from the Badgers' Final Four team. Not only are both teams ranked are in the top four of CBSSports.com's Preseason Top 25 (and one) -- Duke at No. 2, Wisconsin at No. 4 -- but the game could tip the scales in what appears to be an evenly matched contest for both leagues.

Our super-early Top 5 games for next year's ACC-B1G challenge:

1) Duke at Wisconsin -- not only for the aforementioned reasons, but also a rare true road game in non-conference play for the Blue Devils.

2) Ohio State at Louisville -- It's the first ACC-B1G challenge for the Cardinals and a good look at Thad Matta's Ohio State team without Aaron Craft, LaQuinton Ross, and others.

3) Iowa at North Carolina -- Expect a high scoring game and a lot of attention on UNC guard Marcus Paige, a native of Marion, Iowa.

4) Michigan State at Notre Dame -- The Branden Dawson-led Spartans sit right on the edge of our preseason Top 25 (and one) and the Irish will finally have Jerian Grant (academics) back on the team. This might be a sneaky-good matchup to keep an eye on.

5) Virginia at Maryland -- The defending ACC champions get to face their former permanent rivals in a non-conference setting in College Park. The Wahoos have a strong group returning with London Perrantes and Malcolm Brogdon, but throw it all out the window in this odd setting for a UVA-Maryland game.

Check out the full schedule of games below:

Mon, Dec 1

Nebraska at Florida State

Rutgers at Clemson

Tue, Dec 2

Syracuse at Michigan

Ohio State at Louisville

Pittsburgh at Indiana

NC State at Purdue

Illinois at Miami (Fla.)

Minnesota at Wake Forest

Wed, Dec 3

Duke at Wisconsin

Michigan State at Notre Dame

Iowa at North Carolina

Virginia at Maryland

Georgia Tech at Northwestern

Virginia Tech at Penn State

Tip-off times and television information will be released at a later date.

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