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Maryland, Penn State to meet in ACC/Big Ten Challenge

Maryland will travel to Penn State on Dec. 1 in the annual ACC/Big Ten Challenge. The game will be televised on one of the ESPN networks at a time to be announced at a later date.

The Terrapins tied for the ACC regular season championship last season and advanced to the second round of the NCAA tournament. The Nittany Lions finished a disappointing 11-20 after losing in the first round of the Big Ten tournament.

Last season, Penn State became the first Big Ten team to win its ACC/Big Ten Challenge game in three consecutive years after its 69-66 victory at Virginia. The Nittany Lions are 4-5 all-time in ACC/Big Ten Challenge games. Maryland has won five straight ACC/Big Ten Challenge games, the latest being last season's 80-68 victory at Indiana.

The Terrapins and Nittany Lions haven't played since 1990, when Penn State scored an 80-78 win in the National Invitation Tournament. Maryland leads the all-time series, 8-7.

Full ACC/Big Ten Challenge schedule after the jump.

Monday, Nov. 29
Virginia at Minnesota

Tuesday, Nov. 30
North Carolina at Illinois
Ohio State at Florida State
Michigan at Clemson
Georgia Tech at Northwestern
Iowa at Wake Forest

Wednesday, Dec. 1
Maryland at Penn State
Michigan State at Duke
Purdue at Virginia Tech
North Carolina State at Wisconsin
Indiana at Boston College

By Matt Bonesteel  |  May 12, 2010; 2:19 PM ET
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second straight Big Ten challenge game that won't do diddly for the Terps' Non Conference RPI. Who keeps pairing the Terps with the bottom feeders of the Big Ten?

Posted by: crsiggy | May 12, 2010 2:57 PM | Report abuse

Yuck! The Terps tied for the ACC title last year yet get paired with the Big Ten's perrennial bottom-feeder in the Challenge. Sounds like John Swofford's a little bitter on losing the Challenge for the first time in the event's history.

I always thought the conferences tried to pair up the teams based on the way the standings ended up the previous year. I guess it could have been worse, and the Terps could have been sent to Iowa.

I would have much rather seen them play at Minnesota, Perdue, or Michigan. Hopefully Gary will get a quality team to play in the BB&T like they did this past year to help bolster the RPI along with being in the Coaches vs. Cancer.

Posted by: Russtinator | May 12, 2010 3:20 PM | Report abuse

Why isn't UMD playing Perdue or OSU; the other Big Ten teams that split their regular season title ???

Posted by: Realness1 | May 12, 2010 3:20 PM | Report abuse

I hope they put Maryland vs. Penn State because of the proximity of the two schools...not because they anticipate Maryland to be as bad as Penn State typically is. Perhaps I'm being arrogant, but I find being matched up against Penn St. in a competition that supposedly matches teams by its preseason expectations to be insulting to the Maryland program.

Posted by: ams1986 | May 12, 2010 3:49 PM | Report abuse

I'm a Big Ten fan, and this doesn't make sense to me either. Besides Mich State vs. Duke, the rest of the games are pretty tame at best. Agreed, why isn't Purdue playing Maryland?

Posted by: jro1 | May 12, 2010 5:12 PM | Report abuse

Maryland is a bottom feeder and the match-up is worthy of their status. Purdue gets Vtech bc the two teams are projected to fight for conference titles, which is a joke bc vtech will be in the nit again. When will MD fans learn that their team is second tier in the ACC. That title was the culumination of a perfect storm. THey get recruits that no one else in the ACC wants other than the other bottom feeders like Miami and NC State and their coach is a loon.

Posted by: maverick5 | May 12, 2010 5:45 PM | Report abuse

Very objective and insightful post, maverick5. Now go annoy somebody else. Idiot.

Posted by: LeeM9308 | May 12, 2010 6:44 PM | Report abuse

Perhaps I'm being arrogant, but I find being matched up against Penn St. in a competition that supposedly matches teams by its preseason expectations to be insulting to the Maryland program.

Posted by: ams1986 | May 12, 2010 3:49 PM | Report abuse

No one ever said the ACC/Big Ten challenge is supposed to match teams with similar pre-season expectations. That is nonsense.

Posted by: Barno1 | May 12, 2010 10:55 PM | Report abuse

It's a little early, but time to start the "nobody respects us" rhetoric over at the Comcast Center.

Posted by: BrokenClipboard | May 12, 2010 11:03 PM | Report abuse

Did JoePa demand a two-for-one?

Posted by: 74umgrad1 | May 13, 2010 8:05 AM | Report abuse

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