Terps basketball to host Virginia in 2014 ACC/Big Ten Challenge


The last time Maryland played Virginia, this happened (Katherine Frey/The Washington Post).

The conferences have officially announced the matchups. Maryland-Virginia will play on Dec. 3, in the 182nd meeting between the two squads. The original post is below. Times and network assignments will be announced in August. The full slate is also below, with rankings per the early ESPN preseason poll:

Mon, Dec. 1

Nebraska at Florida State
Rutgers at Clemson

Tue, Dec 2

No. 21 Syracuse at No. 24 Michigan
Ohio State at No. 8 Louisville
Pittsburgh at Indiana
NC State at Purdue
Illinois at Miami (Fla.)
Minnesota at Wake Forest

Wed, Dec 3

No. 2 Duke at No. 4 Wisconsin
No. 18 Michigan State at Notre Dame
No. 25 Iowa at No. 6 North Carolina
No. 7 Virginia at Maryland
Georgia Tech at Northwestern
Virginia Tech at Penn State

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In its first season on the other side of the fence, the Maryland men’s basketball team will host Virginia in the 2014 ACC/Big Ten Challenge, the inaugural event for the Terrapins program as members of their new conference, two individuals with knowledge of the situation confirmed.

Maryland will officially join the Big Ten on July 1, but the basketball matchup reignites a rivalry without much delay. In March, Maryland topped the Cavaliers in its final ACC regular season game, sparking a court-storming and a raucous celebration at Comcast Center after the 75-69 overtime victory. It was but a minor blip in a historic season for Virginia, which ultimately won the ACC regular season and tournament titles and reached the Sweet 16 in the Ncaa tournament, finishing 10th in the postseason USA Today coaches poll.

Maryland, meanwhile, was bounced from its final ACC tournament and has already endured a busy offseason, losing three players (Shaq Cleare, Roddy Peters and Nick Faust) to transfers and its top assistant coach, Scott Spinelli, to Boston College. The Terps are scheduled to play two games in the 2014 CBE Hall of Fame Classic in Kansas City against Alabama, Iowa State or Arizona State, as well as in the Coaches vs. Cancer Classic on Dec. 9 against Villanova at Madison Square Garden. Entering Coach Mark Turgeon’s fourth season and still searching for their first NCAA tournament bid since 2009-10, they will welcome a five-man recruiting class that ranks in the top 10 nationally, but rumors have continued to fly about further attrition.

Virginia is scheduled to open its season at James Madison with other nonconference matchups at Virginia Commonwealth, at home against George Washington and at the Barclays Center Classic with Rutgers, Vanderbilt and La Salle on Nov. 28-29. The Cavaliers, who return three of their four leading scorers and lose just two players — Joe Harris and Akil Mitchell — from last year’s rotation, are also in talks to play Harvard.

A release with the full matchups, including the dates, is expected for 4 p.m. According to SI.com, Wisconsin will host Duke, Michigan will host Syracuse, Louisville will host Ohio State, Indiana will host Pittsburgh and North Carolina will host Iowa.

For two straight seasons, Maryland had traveled for the ACC/Big Ten Challenge, beating Northwestern in 2012-13 and getting routed by Ohio State last season. The Terps are 10-5 overall in the event.

Mark Giannotto contributed to this report.

Alex Prewitt covers the Washington Capitals. Follow him on Twitter @alex_prewitt or email him at alex.prewitt@washpost.com.
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