Ohio State Will Host Maryland in the Fifteenth Annual Big Ten/ACC Challenge

By Jason Priestas on May 8, 2013 at 2:36p
Ohio State will face Maryland in the ACC/Big Ten Challenge on December 4, 2013

The Big Ten and the ACC released the pairings for the 15th annual Big Ten/ACC Challenge today and Ohio State will host future conference mate Maryland on Wednesday, December 4.

Thad Matta has a 5-4 record in the Challenge as coach of the Buckeyes and has won four of the last five games in the event. Ohio State is 3-2 all-time against Maryland on the hardcourt with the last game taking place in 1985, a 78-66 win over the Terps.

"We are looking forward to having the University of Maryland on our campus this year in the Challenge," Matta said. "The game will give fans of both programs a glimpse at what the series will look like when the Terrapins join the Big Ten in 2014-15."

ESPN, ESPN2 and ESPNU will combine to televise all 12 games of the two-day event matching some of college basketball's best programs battling for the Commissioners Cup.

The ACC and Big Ten split last year's Challenge with six wins each. The Duke Blue Devils topped Ohio State 73-68 in Durham.

The ACC holds a 10-3-1 Challenge record, though the Big Ten has gone 3-0-1 in the last four events.

Date Game Date Game
Tue, Dec 3 Indiana at Syracuse Wed, Dec 4 North Carolina at Michigan State
  Michigan at Duke   Maryland at Ohio State
  Notre Dame at Iowa   Miami at Nebraska
  Florida State at Minnesota   Wisconsin at Virginia
  Penn State at Pittsburgh   Boston College at Purdue
  Illinois at Georgia Tech   Northwestern at North Carolina State



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brandonbauer87's picture

Penn State at Pitt should be a good game.
    Absolutely No One

BME_Buckeye's picture

Maybe not to you but to the people in PA who enjoy the Pitt-PSU rivalry it will be. I wouldn't discredited their match up even if its between teams who haven't had the best success in basketball lately. 

Look closely, because the closer you think you are, the less you will actually see.


MN Buckeye's picture

I am pulling for Pitt on this one.  Although I have a degree from there, I am not a committed fan, but I always root against PSU now.

DJRoss926's picture

Maryland, college basketball's hipsters: playing B1G before they were B1G.

Dr. House's picture

love it. one up vote for you sir

Seth4Bucks's picture

It's still early, but based on the matchups it looks like the B1G should be able to win the challenge this year. It looks like the B1G caught a break with some of the tossup matches or games where the ACC team might hold the edge are on B1G home courts. That could be the margin of victory this year.

tennbuckeye19's picture

Hmmm...Since he failed miserably the first time around, you guys think Tom Crean will have Syracuse's zone finally figured out by the time they play in December? I'm going with no.

yrro's picture

I love this challenge so much. I want one like it in football every year. Conferences should just rotate every two years.

osubuck57's picture

Like a lot of these match-ups for the BIG.


Hovenaut's picture

Makes for some poetic foreshadowing, hoops style.

Mark Turgeon is quietly replenishing the program in College Park, should be a good matchup.

tdible2132's picture

Is Dez Wells back for Maryland next year?  He is/was a stud.

thatlillefty's picture

So will Maryland be any good next year? Personally, I was hoping to see us play UNC.

BME_Buckeye's picture

They lose Alex Len who was their best offensive weapon as a 7'1 C. I saw them play IOWA in the NIT and UVA and Duke during the regular season and they have guard who are good at times but when they are off they are bad. They aren't a good ACC team and should be the underdog when we play them, not to sound cocky...

Look closely, because the closer you think you are, the less you will actually see.


snapper's picture

Alex Len should have been our best offensive weapon, but between poor guard play and Len's inexperience (and apparently an undetected stress fracture) he was less of a consistent force than hoped.  He dominated against better competitors, struggled against smaller quicker double teams. His defensive intimidation will be missed though.
The best hope for MD this coming season is that the Fr class makes that Fr-to-So improvement leap.  Allen (PG), Layman (SF), Mitchell (PF), and Cleare (C) all need to show some maturity for MD to be dance-worthy.  Wells was becoming Mr. Everything toward the end of the year and Faust (SG/Wing) plays a tough defensive game, but needs to increase the scoring.
And you're not sounding cocky to consider us the underdogs.  We're still young, thin at pg (pending a PG pick-up over the summer), and offensively challenged.  We do bring in a promising Fr guard (Peters), Smotrycz (Mich xfer) has served his one-year xfer sentence and will likely start at PF, and a raw but athletic C in Damote Dodd.  So, hopefully we give you a scare if not pull the upset. 
Looking forward to this one.

ShowThemOhiosHere's picture

TSUN gets to be throttled by Duke yet again...Maryland should make for an interesting matchup, even if they weren't coming to the B1G the season after next.

Class of 2010.

hail2victors9's picture

I don't like Michigan's chances @CIS, but I think throttled is a poor descriptor for a top 15 team vs a top 10 team.  The last two meetings Michigan lost by two and by 7, respectively.  Those Michigan teams weren't nearly as good as this year's will be, granted they were on neutral courts.

Those who stay will be CHAMPIONS!

~Bo Schembechler

Flyermike's picture

I can't wait to hear what Jalen Rose has to say about this game.  I think Duke has a few "uncle Toms" coming in this year, including the best hs player in the country.  

LadyBuck's picture

How did we end up with Maryland? To my knowledge, the matchups are dictated by relative finish in the conference race. We tied for 2nd place with MSU, and scUM fell to 5th place. Did Maryland finish better in the ACC than I realized?

tennbuckeye19's picture

I don't have any actual info on this, but my guess is that I with the ACC adding new teams in Notre Dame, Syracuse, and Pitt, the scheduling by how teams finished was somewhat thrown off. 

LadyBuck's picture

I just didn't realize that Pitt, ND, and 'Cuse were all in the ACC this upcoming year. I keep on associating their move when Rutgers and Maryland join us. That makes more sense. It will be interesting, and most Maryland fans are excited about it.

OSUinFl's picture

I wonder if they took the teams from big east how they finish. Indiana should have played Miami.

droessl's picture

I pity the poor bastards that have to cover the BC/Purdue game