The Maryland and Virginia men’s basketball teams are set to resume their longtime rivalry when they meet in the ACC/Big Ten Challenge next season in College Park.
The 14-game schedule for the annual event was released Friday, with the Terrapins and Cavaliers meeting Nov. 28 at Xfinity Center at a time to be announced.
This is the second time the schools will meet in the ACC/Big Ten Challenge. The Cavaliers won in the teams’ most recent showdown, 76-65, in College Park as part of the 2014 event.
Virginia has won seven of the past eight games in a series that dates from 1913. The Terrapins, who hold a 107-75 overall advantage in the series, had been in the ACC for nearly 60 years before leaving in 2014 to join the Big Ten.
The Cavaliers have won four straight games in the ACC/Big Ten Challenge, including defeating Wisconsin, 49-37, and setting a record for fewest points allowed in a game in the event’s history.
Last season, Virginia (31-3, 17-1) won the ACC regular season and tournament championships before becoming the first No. 1 seed in NCAA tournament history to lose to a No. 16 seed, with a 74-54 decision against Maryland Baltimore County. The Cavaliers will return guards Kyle Guy and Ty Jerome and versatile swingman De’Andre Hunter, three of their top four scorers from last season.
Maryland (19-13, 8-10 Big Ten) failed to earn a berth in the NCAA tournament after three consecutive appearances, all under Coach Mark Turgeon. The Terrapins are 0-4 in the ACC/Big Ten Challenge since switching leagues, including last season’s 72-70 defeat at Syracuse.
On Wednesday, Maryland’s second-leading scorer from last season, sophomore guard Kevin Huerter, announced on Instagram that he would leave school to enter the NBA draft. But Turgeon also is welcoming one of the country’s top recruiting classes, led by McDonald’s all-American forward Jalen Smith. Maryland also is getting back promising center Bruno Fernando, a rising sophomore who announced earlier this week that he would return to school rather than enter the draft.
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