Maryland to renew rivalry with Virginia as part of ACC/Big Ten Challenge
BRISTOL, Conn. -- Maryland and Virginia will renew their basketball rivalry -- now as non-conference foes.
The Terrapins will play host to the Cavaliers in the 16th annual ACC/Big Ten Challenge in December. It's the first time Maryland will be representing the Big Ten in the event after leaving the Atlantic Coast Conference. The Terps beat Virginia in overtime in their final regular-season ACC game in March.
Fellow Big Ten newcomer Rutgers will play at Clemson, while ACC addition Louisville will play host to Ohio State.
The marquee matchups announced by ESPN on Thursday include Duke at Wisconsin, Syracuse at Michigan, Iowa at North Carolina and Michigan State at Notre Dame.
The Wolverines and Orange met in the 2013 NCAA semifinals, a Michigan win. The Spartans and Fighting Irish haven't played since the 1979 regional finals, when Magic Johnson led Michigan State to a national title.
With the expansion of the two conferences, the event is increasing from 12 to 14 games.
The Rutgers-Clemson game is Dec. 1, when Nebraska also faces Florida State. Along with Syracuse-Michigan and Ohio State-Louisville, Pittsburgh is at Indiana, NC State at Purdue, Illinois at Miami and Minnesota at Wake Forest on Dec. 2. The Dec. 3 matchups are Duke-Wisconsin, Michigan State-Notre Dame, Iowa-North Carolina, Virginia-Maryland, Georgia Tech-Northwestern and Virginia Tech-Penn State.
Boston College is the only ACC school that won't participate, as the conference has one more member than the Big Ten.