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    Northwestern to Host Maryland in 2012 ACC/Big Ten Challenge

    NUSPORTSDOTCOM
    Northwestern and Ohio State are the only two Big Ten schools to win four straight Challenge games.

    NUSPORTSDOTCOM
    Northwestern and Ohio State are the only two Big Ten schools to win four straight Challenge games.
    NUSPORTSDOTCOM

    May 14, 2012

    EVANSTON, Ill. - Northwestern will host Maryland Tuesday, Nov. 27 at Welsh-Ryan Arena in the 2012 ACC/Big Ten Challenge Presented by Dick's Sporting Goods.

    Game times and television designations are being announced at a later date. All 12 Challenge games are being televised by ESPN, ESPN2 or ESPNU.

    It will be just the second all-time meeting between the Wildcats and the Terrapins. NU won the only previous matchup 66-62 Dec. 6, 1958. Footage of that contest can be found on the Northwestern University YouTube page.

    Northwestern has won each of its last four ACC/Big Ten Challenge matchups, including posting a 76-60 victory over Georgia Tech in Atlanta last season. The Wildcats join Ohio State as the only Big Ten teams to win Challenge games four consecutive years. Coupled with a victory over Boston College in the 2011 National Invitation Tournament, Northwestern has won its last five games against ACC opponents.

    NU is 6-7 in its previous 13 contests in the event. The six victories rank as a tie for the most of any Big Ten team in Challenge history.

    The Wildcats return seven letterwinners and a trio of redshirts from last year's squad that went 19-14 overall and 8-10 against Big Ten foes. Northwestern advanced to postseason play for the fourth consecutive season before being knocked out of the NIT by Washington in the second round.

    Maryland posted a 17-15 overall record a year ago, including a 6-10 mark in ACC play. Rising sophomore guard Nick Faust is the team's top returning scorer, averaging 8.9 points per game in 2011-12.

    Northwestern's win over Georgia Tech last season helped the Big Ten win the Commissioner's Cup with the Challenge victory for the third consecutive season.

    2012 ACC/Big Ten Challenge Schedule
    Tuesday, Nov. 27

    Maryland at Northwestern
    Minnesota at Florida State
    North Carolina at Indiana
    North Carolina State at Michigan
    Iowa at Virginia Tech
    Nebraska at Wake Forest

     

     

    Wednesday, Nov. 28
    Purdue at Clemson
    Ohio State at Duke
    Georgia Tech at Illinois
    Michigan State at Miami (Fla.)
    Boston College at Penn State
    Virginia at Wisconsin