Virginia to Play at Maryland in 2014 ACC/Big Ten Challenge
May 1, 2014
CHARLOTTESVILLE – Reigning ACC champion Virginia will play at long-time rival Maryland in the 16th ACC/Big Ten Challenge Presented by DICK’s Sporting Goods on Wednesday, Dec. 3. This year’s Challenge, played over three days from Dec. 1-3, will be highlighted by an expanded format of 14 games – two more than previous Challenges – and the debut of Maryland and Rutgers as members of the Big Ten, and Louisville with the ACC.
All 14 Big Ten teams and 14 of the 15 ACC teams will participate in the 2014 Challenge. Boston College will not play in the 2014 event.
Virginia and Maryland will meet for the 182nd time overall and first time in the Challenge, marking a rematch of the Terrapins’ 75-69 overtime victory in their final regular-season game as an ACC member. The loss ended Virginia’s series-best, six-game winning streak against Maryland.
In 2013-14, Virginia captured both the ACC regular season and tournament titles en route to a school-record tying 30 victories and its first trip to the NCAA Sweet 16 since 1995. Maryland finished the 2013-14 season with a 17-15 record.
The Cavaliers have an 8-6 record, including a 3-4 road mark, in the Challenge. Virginia suffered a 48-38 loss to Wisconsin last season, ending a three-game winning streak in the Challenge.
ESPN, ESPN2 and ESPNU will combine to televise all 14 games of the three-day event matching top college basketball programs playing for conference supremacy and the Commissioners Cup. All games in the Challenge will also be available via WatchESPN. Starting times for the 14 games have yet to be determined.
The ACC and Big Ten have split the past two events, winning six Challenge games each in 2012 and 2013. 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 won the first 10 Challenges (1999-2008) while the Big Ten won the next three (2009-2011).
Men’s Basketball Season Tickets on Sale June 4
Season tickets for 2014-15 Virginia men’s basketball home games will be on sale beginning Wednesday, June 4 at 9 a.m. for customers renewing their tickets and new buyers.
Men’s basketball season ticket holders receive numerous benefits for the upcoming season. Season ticket holders have the option to take advantage of a three-month payment plan (August 2014-October 2014). In addition, season ticket holders have the opportunity to purchase reserved parking and single-game tickets in advance of the public and will receive an invitation to an exclusive preseason open practice. The season ticket priority-ordering deadline is Aug. 8.
For more information regarding season tickets, fans should contact the Virginia Athletics Ticket Office at 1-800-542-UVA1 (8821). Fans can also purchase tickets online at VirginiaSports.com or in-person at the Virginia Athletics Ticket Office in Bryant Hall at Scott Stadium.
2014 ACC/Big 10 Challenge Matchups
Monday, Dec. 1
Nebraska at Florida State
Rutgers at Clemson
Tuesday, Dec. 2
Syracuse at Michigan
Ohio State at Louisville
Pittsburgh at Indiana
NC State at Purdue
Illinois at Miami
Minnesota at Wake Forest
Wednesday, Dec. 3
Virginia at Maryland
Duke at Wisconsin
Michigan State at Notre Dame
Iowa at North Carolina
Georgia Tech at Northwestern
Virginia Tech at Penn State