Auburn-Duke, Alabama-UNC highlight 2024 ACC/SEC Challenge

ByJeff Borzello ESPN logo
Wednesday, June 12, 2024

The matchups for the second annualACC/SEC Challenge were announced Wednesday, highlighted by Auburn's trip to Dukeand North Carolinahosting Alabama.

The first edition of the series between the two conferences ended in a 7-7 tie last season, with Arkansasupsetting Duke to complete the SEC's comeback from a 7-4 deficit.

Auburn-Duke and Alabama-North Carolina -- both matchups between top-15 teams -- are scheduled for Dec. 4.

Auburn is ranked No. 11 in ESPN's Way-Too-Early Top 25, while Duke slots in at No. 8. The Tigers are led by preseason All-American Johni Broome and landed a pair of impact transfers from the portal in JP Pegues (Furman) and Miles Kelly (Georgia Tech).

Duke brings in the nation's No. 1 recruiting class, headlined by projected No. 1 NBA draft pick Cooper Flagg.

Alabama vs. North Carolina is a rematch of last season's NCAA tournament Sweet 16 matchup, which the Crimson Tide won before advancing to the Final Four.Mark Sears' decision to withdraw from the NBA draft vaulted Nate Oats' team to No. 2 in the Way-Too-Early rankings, and North Carolina sits at No. 10 following the return of Wooden Award candidate RJ Davis.

Other intriguing matchups include John Calipari, wearing the cardinal red of Arkansas instead of the blue of Kentucky, taking his Razorbacks to Coral Gables to face Miami; new Kentucky coach Mark Pope and the Wildcats traveling to Clemson, which is coming off an Elite Eight appearance; and new Louisvillecoach Pat Kelsey hosting an Ole Missteam that should be ranked in the top 25.

Times and television designations are yet to be announced.

Full listing of ACC/SEC Challenge matchups:

Tuesday, Dec. 3

South Carolinaat Boston College

Calat Missouri

Kentucky at Clemson

Florida Stateat LSU

Georgia Tech at Oklahoma

Ole Miss at Louisville

Arkansas at Miami

Notre Dameat Georgia

Syracuseat Tennessee

Wake Forestat Texas A&M

Wednesday, Dec. 4

Auburn at Duke

Texasat NC State

Alabama at North Carolina

Pittat Mississippi State

Virginiaat Florida

VanderbiltatVirginia Tech

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