Men's basketball: Maryland to pay visit for Big Ten/ACC event
Ohio State men’s basketball fans will get an early preview of Maryland, a future opponent in the Big Ten.
The Buckeyes will play the Terrapins on Dec. 4 at Value City Arena as part of the 15th Big Ten/ACC Challenge.
Maryland, a charter member of the Atlantic Coast Conference, is joining the Big Ten, along with Rutgers, in the 2014-15 academic year.
“We are looking forward to having the University of Maryland on our campus this year in the challenge,” said coach Thad Matta, who is 5-4 in the made-for-TV event. “The game will give fans of both programs a glimpse at what the series will look like.”
Maryland went 25-13 last season, its second under coach Mark Turgeon. The Terrapins finished seventh in the ACC during the regular season with an 8-10 record and earned a spot in the National Invitation Tournament, where they lost to Iowa in a semifinal.
Turgeon is trying to resurrect Maryland’s program, which won the 2002 national championship under Gary Williams, Ohio State’s coach from 1987 to ’89. The Terps have not been in the NCAA Tournament in the past three seasons and six of the past nine, going 188-115 in that span.
The matchup is the first between the schools since 1985, and it’s one of 12 games between both leagues — including new ACC members Notre Dame, Pittsburgh and Syracuse — over two days on ESPN networks.
Other Dec. 4 games: North Carolina at Michigan State, University of Miami at Nebraska, Wisconsin at Virginia, Boston College at Purdue, and Northwestern at North Carolina State. A day earlier, the matchups feature Indiana at Syracuse, Michigan at Duke, Notre Dame at Iowa, Florida State at Minnesota, Penn State at Pittsburgh, and Illinois at Georgia Tech.
The ACC and Big Ten each won six games in last season’s challenge, with Ohio State losing 73-68 at Duke on the way to a 29-8 record that included the Buckeyes winning the Big Ten tournament and advancing to the Elite Eight of the NCAA Tournament.
Ohio State is 5-6 in the Challenge, which the ACC won the first 10 times it was held, beginning in 1999. The Big Ten then reeled off three consecutive victories before last year’s tie.
The Buckeyes have only played Maryland five times, with OSU winning three, including 78-66 on Nov. 30, 1985, in which a St. John Arena crowd saw the late Len Bias get 23 points and eight rebounds for the Terrapins.