While the college basketball season is months away, premiere events that take place during the non-conference portion of the schedule are starting to take shape. The ACC- Big Ten Challenge is one such tournament, a week long worth of hoops featuring two of the top power five leagues in the country. Usually, this happens during the first week in December. The challenge has become a showcase of the two conferences early in the season.
Boston College will partake in this year hoops feast, after missing out on last year because of zero wins in the Atlantic Coast Conference. Their opponent for this year has been determined and it’s a team that the Eagles have no history with on the hardwood. The Nebraska Cornhuskers will be BC match up, and for the Eagles, it will mean heading out to Nebraska to play the game.
For Boston College, this will be the tenth time they have been involved in the challenge, having a record of 6-3 in the previous nine games. Their last outing was a loss to Penn State 67-58 at Conte Forum in 2015.
For Nebraska, this will be their seventh appearance in this event, having gone 3-3 in the past six games. In 2016 they lost to Clemson by two points. Against the ACC their record is 14-15. They return nine lettermen from last year’s team with four of them playing at least nine games last season. The Cornhuskers were 12-19 a year ago, 6-12 in the Big Ten Conference.
The Eagles will be looking to improve on a 9-23 mark from a year ago, which includes a season ending 15-game losing streak. They will be looking to get off to a better start this season for sure. Although dates and times have not been released it is expected that this week long worth of hoop fun will take place starting on November 27.