Once again Maryland will participate in the 15th annual Big Ten/ACC challenge. For the final time, the Terps will do so as a member of the ACC.
Mark Turgeon, Dez Wells and crew will play at Ohio State on Wednesday, Dec. 4, the ACC announced on Wednesday. This will mark the first time the Terps and Buckeyes have met in the challenge. Ohio State holds a 3-2 advantage in the all-time series with the last meeting coming in 1985.
On the same day, Virginia will host Wisconsin. The two sides will meet for the second straight season and four time overall in the challenge.
Maryland's 2012-13 season ended with a 25-13 record and an appearance in the NIT semifinals. Led by point guard Aaron Craft, Ohio State reached the NCAA Tournament's Elite Eight, losing to Wichita State. Craft returns for a Buckeyes squad that early projections have ranked among the nation's top-10 teams for next season.
The ACC previously announced that Maryland would not face either Duke or North Carolina at the Comcast Center, meaning arguably the Terps three most intriguing matchups next season will all take place on the road.
Maryland has won seven of the last eight and holds a 10-4 all-time record in the Challenge. Last season the Terps rolled to a 77-57 victory at Northwestern as the overall Challenge ended in a 6-6 tie.
Virginia defeated Wisconsin, 60-54, last season in Madison and own a 2-1 advantage over the Badgers in the all-time series.
Both teams posted a 23-12 records last season, though Wisconsin played in the NCAA Tournament while Virginia reached the NIT quarterfinals.
All 12 Big Ten teams will participate in the 2013 Challenge but only 12 of the 15 ACC teams, including the three newest ACC members Notre Dame, Pittsburgh and Syracuse. Clemson, Virginia Tech and Wake Forest will not play in the 2013 event.
The ACC holds a 10-3-1 Challenge record, winning the first 10 events (1999-2008) while the Big Ten won the next three (2009-2011).
Tue, Dec 3
Indiana at Syracuse
Michigan at Duke
Notre Dame at Iowa
Florida State at Minnesota
Penn State at Pittsburgh
Illinois at Georgia Tech
Wed, Dec 4
North Carolina at Michigan State
Maryland at Ohio State
Miami at Nebraska
Wisconsin at Virginia
Boston College at Purdue
Northwestern at NC State