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Maryland basketball to host Virginia in ACC/Big Ten Challenge

The top seed in the 2018 NCAA Tournament is coming to College Park.

Virginia Tech v Virginia Photo by Ryan M. Kelly/Getty Images

Maryland’s first marquee non-conference matchup of the 2018-19 season has been announced, and it’ll be one to circle on the calendar.

Virginia will visit College Park for the ACC/Big Ten Challenge, as first reported by Jon Rothstein on Thursday. Maryland officially announced the news Friday, and the game will take place on Wednesday, Nov. 28.

This will be the programs’ second meeting in this event since Maryland switched conferences, with the first coming in 2014-15. The Terps have yet to beat an ACC team in this challenge, also suffering losses to North Carolina, Pittsburgh and Syracuse.

The Cavaliers are coming off a 31-3 season in which they won the ACC regular-season and tournament championship, only to become the first-ever No. 1 seed to lose to a No. 16 seed in the NCAA Tournament. An upset at the hands of UMBC ended Virginia’s season in a flash, but Tony Bennett’s team returns three starters and its sixth man. It’ll be a strong test for Maryland in a non-conference schedule that is light on those for the moment.

Other noteworthy matchups in the 2018 ACC/Big Ten Challege include Indiana at Duke, North Carolina at Michigan and Michigan State at Louisville. Official dates have not yet been announced.