Florida State will play host to Nebraska on December 1, 2014 at 7:00 p.m. at the newly renovated Donald L. Tucker Center on the first night of the 16th Annual ACC/Big Ten Challenge. The game will be televised on ESPN2 as all 14 games in the challenge will be televised nationally on ESPN, ESPN2 or ESPNU.
The Seminoles and the Cornhuskers will meet for the second time following a 74-60 win by the Seminoles on December 31, 2005 in the Orange Bowl Classic.
Florid State is the third winningest team in ACC play since the start of the 2005-06 season and has played in a school record nine consecutive post-season tournaments – all under head coach Leonard Hamilton.
The 2014 ACC/Big Ten Challenge will be played over three days (December 1-3), feature a record 14 games with each one scheduled for television on the ESPN family of networks, and see the debut of Louisville as a member of the ACC and Maryland and Rutgers as members of the Big Ten.
Three of the games will feature a showdown between teams ranked in an ESPN.com early preseason top 25: No. 2 Duke at No. 4 Wisconsin, No. 25 Iowa at No. 6 North Carolina and No. 21 Syracuse at No. 24 Michigan. No. 7 Virginia will travel to play at Maryland, No. 8 Louisville will play host to Ohio State and No. 18 Michigan State will travel to play at Notre Dame.
The ACC and Big Ten have split the past two events, winning six Challenge games each in 2012 and 2013. The ACC won the first 10 Challenges (1999-2008) while the Big Ten won the next three (2009-2011).
Florida State returns four of its top six scorers and five of its top six rebounders from its NIT Final Four team in 2014 including All-American candidate Aaron Thomas. Thomas averaged a team-leading 14.5 points, a career-high 4.3 rebounds and a team-leading 1.6 steals per game in leading the Seminoles to a 22-14 record this past season. Thomas was an All-ACC Honorable Mention selection as a sophomore. The Seminoles also return their leader in assists, Devon Bookert and their blocked shots leader, Boris Bojanovsky to their line-up for the upcoming season.
Nebraska finished with a 19-13 record and played in the NCAA Tournament in 2014. The Huskers return all five starters from a team that finished fourth in the Big Ten with an 11-7 Big Ten mark, the most conference wins by Nebraska since 1965-66. The Huskers return seven of its top eight scorers, and top-five rebounders from a year ago.
2014 ACC/Big Ten Challenge Presented by DICK’S Sporting Goods Schedule (subject to change)
Mon, Dec 1
Nebraska at Florida State
Rutgers at Clemson
Tue, Dec 2
Pittsburgh at Indiana
Minnesota at Wake Forest
No. 21 Syracuse at No. 24 Michigan
Illinois at Miami
ESPN2 or ESPNU
NC State at Purdue
ESPN2 or ESPNU
Ohio State at No. 8 Louisville
Wed, Dec 3
No. 18 Michigan State at Notre Dame
Virginia Tech at Penn State
No. 25 Iowa at No. 6 North Carolina
No. 7 Virginia at Maryland
Georgia Tech at Northwestern
No. 2 Duke at No. 4 Wisconsin