Hoosiers will host Terps in Big Ten/ACC Challenge

  • 04/22/2009 1:38 pm in

The much speculated Big Ten/ACC Challenge between Indiana and Maryland was confirmed today in a release by IU media relations. The Hoosiers will host the Terrapins on Tuesday, December 1 in a contest that will be broadcast by the ESPN family of networks:

Bloomington, Indiana – Indiana will host Maryland in a December 1 rematch of the 2002 NCAA Men’s Basketball Championship Game in the 11th annual Big Ten/ACC Challenge Presented by Dick’s Sporting Goods on ESPN, ESPN2, ESPNU and ESPN360.com. The two teams also met in the 2002 Challenge in Indianapolis as the Hoosiers came away win an 80-74 overtime win at Conseco Fieldhouse. IU leads the overall series 5-1.

“I think this is a matchup that our fans will enjoy,” said IU Head Coach Tom Crean. “Both programs have a great tradition and I would expect nothing less than an outstanding environment in Assembly Hall for this game. Gary Williams’ Maryland program has been and continues to be one of the most preeminent programs in America.”

From a personnel and competitiveness perspective, this is probably a good matchup for Indiana. On the other hand, there are plenty of other ACC teams (Duke, North Carolina and Wake Forest) I’d rather watch than Maryland. But that’s the way it goes when you’re coming off a six-win season. You can view the whole schedule of games after the jump.

2009 Big Ten/ACC Challenge schedule (times and networks are to be determined)

Monday, Nov. 30
Penn State at Virginia

Tuesday, Dec. 1
Maryland at Indiana
Michigan State at North Carolina
Northwestern at N.C. State
Virginia Tech at Iowa
Wake Forest at Purdue

Wednesday, Dec. 2
Boston College at Michigan
Duke at Wisconsin
Florida State at Ohio State
Illinois at Clemson
Minnesota at Miami

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  • Kelin Blab

    I agree alex, what a dud game……but it is to be expected. I still want another shot at Duke…..would be big win for a young team…….

  • Hardwood83

    I'll take a dud match-up, I want wins now and the prestige games can come later. A young team needs some confidence.

  • GFDave

    Although the Terps have been a little down lately, I hardly view playing them as a dud. True, its not as exciting as UNC or Duke (which, btw, are games we wouldn't win) After those two, do any ACC teams have any more juice than MD? I don't think so. Games against Miami, Clemson, FSU or NC State would be duds from an anticipation point of view, but the Terrapins are a quality opponent and a team we might be able to beat. So I am looking forward to it myself.

  • aerialM

    it may lack the flash of a possible Duke/UNC/Wake match-up, but given who we should be next fall, this seems like a good fit. Maryland will be a solid team and will help our RPI and, at home, we could win. I'll take a victory (or a close loss) against a mid-top tier ACC team over a loss like last year's…& it's about ratings, and as someone pointed out, coming off a 6-25 season, it'd be illogical to expect ESPN to schedule us against one of the top ACC teams. Of course, in 2010/2011, I fully expect to see us in there versus Duke or UNC. Still, next year, it could be worse: we could be playing Virginia or NC State or Virginia Tech.

  • Kelin Blab

    Yeah the last time we played MD we lost in the championship game….boy I miss mike davis…..

  • JerryCT

    Sorry Kelin but not true.

    We played them the very next year at COnseco. We were behind the entire game and Klein ?? actually came in and hit some critical FT's to send us to overtime. Blake hit a half court shot at the buzzer which was not allowed at end of regulation.

    Coverdale ate up Blake with a near perfect floor game. I remember this well since I brought friends from Md to Indy for the game and sat right behind Gov Obannon. It seems like yesterday.

    I think this is a great game for us becasue we have a history with them and they are a well respected team despite their recent record ( win over UNC this past year ) and who else in the ACC is as interesting and winnable at the same time.

    I just got an email from those MD guys and they are excited to be coming back.

  • JerryCT

    FWIW

    We IU guys had a bet last time with the MD guys like this.

    If IU wins , they drive for a year with IU basketball license plates on their car.

    If MD wins, we drive for a year with IU football license plates on our cars.

    Thanks God we won !

  • JerryCT

    Sorry Kelin but you are forgetting the OT game at Conseco. I invited some of my MD friends to the game and we sat behind Governor OBannon. Best seats in the best place I have ever seen a basketball game.

    We made a bet that went like this:

    1) If IU wins, the MD guys had to drive around for a year with one of those IU Basketball license plates on their cars

    …………………But…………………

    2) If MD wins, we had to drive around with IU Football license plates on our cars.

    The joke of this bet hurts. Really glad we won. COverdale outplayed S Blake as the key to the win as he turned Blake over several times while he was nearly perfect.

    My Md friends are already sending me emails and planning to enjoy AH

  • JerryCT

    Sorry but there is something going on with the either the site or my internet connection

  • Bryan

    I'll take a better shot at getting a win over a marquee game we've got no shot at, at least for one more season. The incoming class will make us more talented, but IU is still a club with 2 juco seniors, one junior, and a bunch of sophmores and freshman.

    Beyond IU's game with Maryland, does anyone think this is finally the year the Big Ten manages to win this thing? I think Duke will have little problem with Wisconsin, but few of the other games seem to be horrible mismatches in the ACC's favor.

  • Kelin Blab

    I agree alex, what a dud game……but it is to be expected. I still want another shot at Duke…..would be big win for a young team…….

  • Hardwood83

    I'll take a dud match-up, I want wins now and the prestige games can come later. A young team needs some confidence.

  • GFDave

    Although the Terps have been a little down lately, I hardly view playing them as a dud. True, its not as exciting as UNC or Duke (which, btw, are games we wouldn't win) After those two, do any ACC teams have any more juice than MD? I don't think so. Games against Miami, Clemson, FSU or NC State would be duds from an anticipation point of view, but the Terrapins are a quality opponent and a team we might be able to beat. So I am looking forward to it myself.

  • aerialM

    it may lack the flash of a possible Duke/UNC/Wake match-up, but given who we should be next fall, this seems like a good fit. Maryland will be a solid team and will help our RPI and, at home, we could win. I'll take a victory (or a close loss) against a mid-top tier ACC team over a loss like last year's…& it's about ratings, and as someone pointed out, coming off a 6-25 season, it'd be illogical to expect ESPN to schedule us against one of the top ACC teams. Of course, in 2010/2011, I fully expect to see us in there versus Duke or UNC. Still, next year, it could be worse: we could be playing Virginia or NC State or Virginia Tech.

  • Kelin Blab

    Yeah the last time we played MD we lost in the championship game….boy I miss mike davis…..

  • JerryCT

    Sorry Kelin but not true.

    We played them the very next year at COnseco. We were behind the entire game and Klein ?? actually came in and hit some critical FT's to send us to overtime. Blake hit a half court shot at the buzzer which was not allowed at end of regulation.

    Coverdale ate up Blake with a near perfect floor game. I remember this well since I brought friends from Md to Indy for the game and sat right behind Gov Obannon. It seems like yesterday.

    I think this is a great game for us becasue we have a history with them and they are a well respected team despite their recent record ( win over UNC this past year ) and who else in the ACC is as interesting and winnable at the same time.

    I just got an email from those MD guys and they are excited to be coming back.

  • JerryCT

    FWIW

    We IU guys had a bet last time with the MD guys like this.

    If IU wins , they drive for a year with IU basketball license plates on their car.

    If MD wins, we drive for a year with IU football license plates on our cars.

    Thanks God we won !

  • JerryCT

    Sorry Kelin but you are forgetting the OT game at Conseco. I invited some of my MD friends to the game and we sat behind Governor OBannon. Best seats in the best place I have ever seen a basketball game.

    We made a bet that went like this:

    1) If IU wins, the MD guys had to drive around for a year with one of those IU Basketball license plates on their cars

    …………………But…………………

    2) If MD wins, we had to drive around with IU Football license plates on our cars.

    The joke of this bet hurts. Really glad we won. COverdale outplayed S Blake as the key to the win as he turned Blake over several times while he was nearly perfect.

    My Md friends are already sending me emails and planning to enjoy AH

  • JerryCT

    Sorry but there is something going on with the either the site or my internet connection

  • Bryan

    I'll take a better shot at getting a win over a marquee game we've got no shot at, at least for one more season. The incoming class will make us more talented, but IU is still a club with 2 juco seniors, one junior, and a bunch of sophmores and freshman.

    Beyond IU's game with Maryland, does anyone think this is finally the year the Big Ten manages to win this thing? I think Duke will have little problem with Wisconsin, but few of the other games seem to be horrible mismatches in the ACC's favor.