Iowa to face Virginia Tech in B1G-ACC Challenge

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March 31, 2014 | 7:04 pm

The Iowa men's basketball team will play at Virginia Tech on Nov. 27, as part of the 2012 Big-Ten-ACC Challenge.

Iowa has played Virginia Tech twice before, losing both meetings in Challenge games.  The Hokies edged Iowa, 69-65, on Nov. 29, 2006 in Blacksburg, Va., and 70-64 on Dec. 1, 2009 in Iowa City.

Virginia Tech was 16-17 last year and has a new coach, James Johnson, who replaced Seth Greenberg.

Iowa and Virginia Tech each played three common opponents last year. Virginia Tech swept Clemson and lost to Minnesota. Iowa swept Minnesota and lost to Clemson. Virginia Tech beat Campbell, while Iowa lost to the Camels.

Iowa is 2-9 in the Challenge after losing 71-55 to Clemson a year ago in Iowa City.  The Hawkeyes did not take part in the event in 2003-04 and 2004-05.  This year marks the 14th year of the event.

“We always look forward to this event and this year is no different,” Iowa coach Fran McCaffery said in a statement.  “Anytime you play an ACC opponent on the road, you know it will be difficult.  We have a great deal of respect for Virginia Tech.  This will be a good road test for our basketball team early in the season.”

Iowa is 11-24 all-time against ACC schools, while Virginia Tech is 18-14 against current members of the Big Ten Conference.  The Hokies have played every Big Ten school except Michigan State and Northwestern.

Iowa is 2-9 in the Challenge all-time. Virginia Tech is 2-5, with both of its wins coming against Iowa.

The Hokies return nine lettermen, including two starters, from last year’s team that finished 16-17 overall and 4-12 in ACC action.  Eighteen of Virginia Tech’s games a year ago were decided by five points or fewer (6-12), including 10 contests by 10 points or less (5-5).  The Hokies return four of their top seven scorers from last year.  Erick Green returns for his senior campaign after leading the Hokies in scoring (15.6), assists (88), steals (41), field goal percentage (.438), free throws made and attempted (101-of-122), and minutes played (34.5).  The guard, who scored double figures in 30 of 31 games, was a second team all-ACC selection.  Forward Jarell Eddie ranked third in team scoring (9.1) and second in rebounding (4.8). 

Here's a look at all the records:

  • ACC (76-55) — Duke 11-2; Wake Forest 10-2; Maryland 9-4; Clemson 9-4; Virginia 7-5; North Carolina 7-6; Florida State 6-7; Boston College 5-1; North Carolina State 5-7; Georgia Tech 4-8; Virginia Tech 2-5; Miami 1-4
  • Big Ten (55-76) — Ohio State 6-5; Michigan State 6-6; Illinois 6-7; Northwestern 6-7; Wisconsin 6-7; Purdue 5-6; Penn State 5-6; Minnesota 5-8; Michigan 4-7;  Indiana 4-7; Iowa 2-9; Nebraska 0-1

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