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    Huskers draw ACC Champ Hurricanes in BiG/ACC Challenge

      Sweet 16 Qualifier Hurricanes Make First Trip to Lincoln since 1970

      Lincoln – One piece of Nebraska’s 2013-14 home schedule was revealed Wednesday afternoon, as the pairings of the ACC/ Big Ten Challenge Presented by DICK’S Sporting Goods were announced. Nebraska will host defending ACC champion Miami at Pinnacle Bank Arena on Wednesday, Dec. 4, the second night of the two-day event between the conferences. Start time and television information will be announced at a later date, as all 12 matchups will be on the ESPN family of networks. All 12 games will also be available via WatchESPN.

      The Hurricanes went 29-7 last season, winning both the regular season and tournament titles for the first time in program history before falling to Marquette in the Sweet 16. Under National Coach of the Year Jim Larrañaga, the Hurricanes reached the Sweet 16 for the second time in NCAA history.

      Miami is 2-4 all-time in ACC/Big Ten Challenge games, including a 67-59 win over Michigan State last season. Nebraska is 1-1 all-time in ACC/Big Ten Challenge matchups following a 79-63 win at Wake Forest last November in Winston-Salem, N.C.

      The Dec. 4 matchup will be the first between the two programs since an 82-67 Husker win on Dec. 30, 2006. The Huskers have won the last three meetings in the series, including the only matchup in Lincoln, an 85-58 win on Dec. 18, 1970, which took place at the NU Coliseum. This season, the Huskers will open Pinnacle Bank Arena, a 15,147-seat facility located blocks from campus in the Haymarket District of Lincoln. The entire arena was pre-sold for the first time ever with the announcement coming on May 3, that all season tickets for the upcoming season were accounted for.

      While Miami looks to replace it starting five from last season, second-year Nebraska Coach Tim Miles returns three starters from a team that went 15-18 in his first season, including guard Ray Gallegos and forwards David Rivers and Shavon Shields. Gallegos, who averaged 12.5 ppg in 2012-13, led the Big Ten in 3-pointers per game and ranked second in school history with 83 3-pointers, while Shields averaged 8.6 points and 5.1 rebounds per game as a true freshman. Rivers started NU’s final 17 games and averaged 5.6 points and 3.4 rebounds per game. In all, 10 letterwinners return for the Huskers in 2013-14, while seven newcomers, including three scholarship redshirts, will suit up for the Scarlet and Cream this season.

      With today’s announcement, Miami is the third NCAA Sweet 16 team already on the Huskers 2013-14 schedule as two of the Huskers’ Big Ten single-play opponents in 2012-13, defending Big Ten champion Indiana and NCAA runner-up Michigan, will also play in Lincoln this season.

      The Big Ten and the ACC split the 12 meetings in 2012, but the Big Ten held on to the Commissioner’s Cup after posting wins in the previous three years. The ACC leads the all-time series 10-3-1. Since 2000, the Big Ten and ACC have combined for 20 Final Four appearances and six national titles.

      - courtesy of Huskers.com


    HUGE opportunity for Husker Hoops!

    -- The rest of the matchups --

    The 15th annual Big Ten/ACC Challenge Presented by DICK’S Sporting Goods on Dec. 3-4 will be highlighted by eight teams in an ESPN.com early preseason top 25, including six of the top 11 teams: No. 3 Michigan State, No. 5 Duke, No. 6 Ohio State, No. 8 Syracuse, No. 9 Michigan, No. 11 North Carolina, No. 20 Indiana and No. 25 Iowa. Three of the games will pit ranked teams against each other: No. 9 Michigan at No. 5 Duke, No. 11 North Carolina at No. 3 Michigan State and No. 20 Indiana at No. 8 Syracuse.

    ESPN, ESPN2 and ESPNU will combine to televise all 12 games of the two-day event matching top college basketball programs playing for conference supremacy and the Commissioners Cup. All 12 games will also be available via WatchESPN.

    All 12 Big Ten teams and 12 of the 15 ACC teams will participate in the 2013 Challenge, 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 and Big Ten split last year’s Challenge with six wins each. In the event of a tie, the Commissioner’s Cup remains with the conference that won the previous year, which was the Big Ten in 2011. The ACC holds a 10-3-1Challenge record, winning the first 10 events (1999-2008) while the Big Ten won the next three (2009-2011).

    2013 Big Ten/ACC Challenge schedule (times and networks are to be determined):

    Date Game 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

    • Tourney Teams: 14 teams between the two conferences played in the 2012 NCAA Tournament: Duke, Miami, North Carolina, NC State, Notre Dame, Pittsburgh and Syracuse from the ACC, and Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Michigan State, Minnesota, Ohio State and Wisconsin from the Big Ten.
    • First Challenge Matchups: Seven of the 12 games will mark first-time Challenge matchups: Michigan at Duke, Maryland at Ohio State, Miami at Nebraska and Boston College at Purdue plus the debut of the three new ACC members Syracuse against Indiana, Notre Dame at Iowa and Pittsburgh against Penn State.

    • Syracuse and Indiana have met five previous times with Syracuse winning the past four games, including last season’s NCAA Tournament Elite Eight matchup.
    • Duke is 21-8 all-time against Michigan, including victories in the 2011 NCAA Tournament and 2011 EA Sports Maui Invitational.
    • In addition to first-time Challenge games, several of the teams are infrequent opponents: Nebraska holds a 3-1 record against Miami; Purdue won both previous meetings against Boston College; Ohio State and Maryland last played in 1985 with Ohio State winning three out of the five overall games; and Notre Dame will play Iowa for the first time since 1990 and holds a 8-5 series record.
    • Pennsylvania rivals Pitt and Penn State will meet for the first time since 2005 with Pitt winning the past five contests.

    • Shot at the Bakers Dozen: Duke has won more than any team, taking 12 of its 14 Challenge games.
    • Following a First with a Rematch: Illinois and Georgia Tech and Wisconsin and Virginia will follow their first-time Challenge meetings in 2012 with a rematch in the 2013 event.

    • Illinois defeated Georgia Tech and Virginia beat Wisconsin in last year’s Challenge.

    • Best Three Out of Five: North Carolina and Michigan State and Minnesota and Florida State will meet in the Challenge for the fifth time with each program holding a 2-2 record against their opponent.

    • North Carolina, with an 11-3 overall record against Michigan State, won games in 2008 and 2009. Michigan State won the games in 1999 and 2000.
    • Minnesota won the Challenge games in 2000 and 2012 and Florida State in 2004 and 2007.

    • Rubber Match: Northwestern and NC State will square off in the Challenge for the third time. Northwestern won in 2009 and NC State in 2002.

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    Looking at there final standings I would have to say Clemson is spot on. 


    Don't think we would play Wake for the 3rd year in a row.


    Final 2013 Standings School Conference Overall Miami 15-3 29-7 Duke 14-4 30-6 North Carolina 12-6 25-11 Virginia 11-7 23-12 NC State 11-7 24-11 Florida State 9-9 18-16 Maryland 8-10 25-13 Boston College 7-11 16-17 Georgia Tech 6-12 16-15 Wake Forest 6-12 13-18 Clemson 5-13 13-18 Virginia Tech 4-14 13-19

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    Now having a lot more info, I'll throw these matchups out there.  Who knows about home games since we're adding three new teams to the mix, I'm assuming it all goes out the window.  All Big Ten teams have had a home and road game the past two years.  I'm going to go with:









    Minn/Notre Dame






    Edit: Didn't get any of 'em...

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    Maryland would have been my pick for the inaugural game, but it's seems likely it will be the ACC-B1G Challenge.  Recall that Jim Delany mentioned that a game for the conference Challenge couldn't also be contested as the opening game of the season...

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    im calling nebraska pittsburgh now. with the pederson storyline and the whole "will nebraska hire jamie dixon" thing it would be intriguing to say the least


    I would imagine Illinois will play Pittsburgh to match "strengths" of the teams.

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    Let the "these two tradition rich football powerhouses trying to make a name in hoops" newspaper columns commence....followed immediately by snarky reader comments about how bad the Huskers suck, or my favorite "Nebraska has a basketball team?" quick-hitter...in 3...2...1...

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    Not that I am complaining...in fact, I am one happy camper...that said, how the heck did that happen???

    New shiny place to play?


    And I think there's some expectation that Miami takes a big step back, probably trying to avoid Miami getting hammered vs. a top Big Ten team.  I think they're trying to create 12 competitive games.

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    Not that I am complaining...in fact, I am one happy camper...that said, how the heck did that happen???

    New shiny place to play?


    And I think there's some expectation that Miami takes a big step back, probably trying to avoid Miami getting hammered vs. a top Big Ten team.  I think they're trying to create 12 competitive games.



    I was under the impression that the challenge peer matches as best as possible, which would explain Miami dropping down to NU. Way down. All starters gone.

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