The Big Ten-ACC Challenge typically provides challenging and marquee early-season matchups for both conferences.
Ohio State will host Maryland in this year's edition of the annual series. The Terrapins might return the favor by entertaining the Buckeyes next year, but it will be a part of conference play. They will make the switch to the Big Ten from their current conference – along with Rutgers – beginning with the 2014-15 academic year.
Tonight's game will provide a preview of what's to come, even if some refuse to believe that the Terps are not in the Big Ten yet.
"The stage crew setting up for John Mayer asked who we're playing tomorrow," head coach Thad Matta said. "I told them 'Maryland' and they were like 'you're playing in conference already?'"
He is also keenly aware of the Terrapins' tradition and what they'll add to the conference, when they do join.
"I've got great respect for Maryland, for the job [head coach] Mark [Turgeon] has done. You go back to Gary Williams, he was here and won a national title there," Matta said, at a press conference, Tuesday. "We've got a great understanding and a great appreciation for what they're bringing to the table."