By Travis Morgan
IOWA CITY, Iowa -- The Iowa men's basketball team will host Notre Dame, Tuesday, Dec. 3, as part of the 2013 Big Ten/ACC Challenge Presented by Dick's Sporting Goods.
After 18 seasons as a member of the BIG EAST Conference, Notre Dame begins a new era as a first-year member of the Atlantic Coast Conference. This will mark the first meeting between the Irish and Hawkeyes since 1990. Notre Dame holds an 8-5 all-time series advantage over Iowa, but the Hawkeyes have won four of the last five.
"It's going to be exciting hosting Note Dame, a successful program that is rich in tradition, in Carver-Hawkeye Arena," said Iowa head coach Fran McCaffery. "Notre Dame is an extremely well-coached team that has advanced to the last four NCAA tournaments. This will be another good test for our basketball team early in the season."
Notre Dame, along with Syracuse and Pittsburgh, join the ACC this fall and will be competing in their first-ever Challenge. With 15 teams in the ACC this season, Clemson, Wake Forest and Virginia Tech will not be participating in this year's event.
Game times and television information will be announced at a later date. ESPN, ESPN2 and ESPNU will combine to televise all 12 games of the two-day event matching top college basketball programs playing for conference supremacy and the Commissioners Cup. All 12 games will also be available via WatchESPN.