The Nebraska men’s basketball team’s non-conference schedule added another piece on Friday. The Huskers will travel to Clemson on Nov. 26 as part of the ACC/Big Ten Challenge.
Start time and television information will be announced at a later date, but all of the ACC/Big Ten Challenge games are on the ESPN family of networks.
The Tigers are coming off a 25-win season, and a Sweet 16 appearance in Omaha, where they fell to top-seeded Kansas, 80-76. Senior guards Marcquise Reed and Shelton Mitchell lead an experienced lineup which returns three starters from a year ago.
Reed led the Tigers in scoring (15.8 ppg) and steals (58). He ranked sixth in the ACC in steals per game.
Mitchell meanwhile averaged 12.2 points per game and dished out a team-high 3.6 assists per game. In addition, Elijah Thomas is a third double-digit scorer returning for Clemson. He averaged 10.7 points, 8.1 rebounds and 2.3 blocks per game.
Clemson, which tied a school record for conference wins in 2017-18, went 15-1 at home with the only setback being a one-point loss to Elite Eight qualifier Duke and finished 15th in the final USA Today/Coaches poll.
This will be the second time in three years that the Huskers and Tigers have played. In 2016, the Huskers dropped a tough 60-58 decision to the Tigers. Tai Webster’s potentially game-winning shot missed at the buzzer.
The Huskers have played well in the Big Ten/ACC Challenge under Miles, going 4-2 in six previous appearances, including road wins at Wake Forest (2012) and Florida State (2014). Nebraska is 4-3 all-time in Big Ten/ACC Challenge games. Nebraska is one of only two Big Ten teams with a winning record in the ACC/Big Ten Challenge.
The Huskers five players who made at least 13 starts for NU in 2017-18 from a team that went 22-10 and reached the National Invitational Tournament. The returnees are led by preseason All-America candidate James Palmer Jr., who led the Huskers in scoring at 17.2 points per game while also averaging 4.4 rebounds and 3.0 assists per game.
NU also returns senior forward Isaac Copeland, who averaged 12.9 points, 6.1 rebounds and 1.0 blocks per game in earning All-Big Ten honors.
Senior guard Glynn Watson is also back. He chipped in 10.5 points and 3.2 assists per game last year.
The Huskers’ road game with Clemson is part of a loaded non-conference schedule which also features two games in Kansas City for the Hall of Fame Classic (Texas Tech, USC and Missouri State), a Gavitt Tipoff Games matchup with Seton Hall as well as the annual matchup with Creighton.
The 2018-19 slate will also include 20 Big Ten games, as pairings were announced earlier this spring.
This is the 20th year of the ACC/Big Ten Challenge, and the Big Ten will look to regain the Commissioner’s Cup after the ACC has won the event in each of the past two years. The ACC dominated last year’s slate 11-3. Nebraska, Michigan State and Purdue were the only Big Ten schools to win their games in the event.
The ACC leads the all-time series, 12-5-2, but the Big Ten is 5-2-2 over the last nine years.
2018 ACC/Big Ten Challenge Schedule
Monday, Nov. 26
Minnesota at Boston College
Nebraska at Clemson
Tuesday, Nov. 27
Illinois at Notre Dame
Indiana at Duke
Michigan State at Louisville
Pitt at Iowa
Virginia Tech at Penn State
NC State at Wisconsin
Wednesday, Nov. 28
Purdue at Florida State
Rutgers at Miami
North Carolina at Michigan
Virginia at Maryland
Georgia Tech at Northwestern
Syracuse at Ohio State