Today, the matchups for the 16th annual Big Ten/ACC Challenge were announced, and the Huskers got the very first matchup listed as they will take on the Florida State Seminoles on Tuesday, December 1st at the Donald Tucker Center in Tallahassee.
Nebraska/Florida State will be one of two games that start off the Challenge on that Tuesday, which will last over three days. Times and channels will be announced at a later date, however every matchup will be on the ESPN family of networks.
Florida State is coached by Leonard Hamilton and reached the semi-finals of the National Invitational Tournament this past March, where they were defeated by Minnnesota in overtime 67-64.
The Noles, who finished the season with a 22-14 record, finished in the middle of the ACC's regular season standings at 9-9, and went 1-1 in the ACC Tournament.
Nebraska and Florida State played each other once before this game back in 2005 on New Year's Eve. That year, FSU was victorious 74-60 in the Orange Bowl Classic.
From the FSU website:
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.
The Seminoles defeated a pair of ranked teams (No. 10 VCU and No. 20 UMass) and topped Florida Gulf Coast, Georgetown and Louisiana Tech in advancing to the semifinals of the NIT this past season. Florida State has played in the NCAA Tournament in four of the past six seasons.
The rest of the lineup for the ACC/B1G Challenge is as follows:
Mon, Dec 1:
Nebraska at Florida State
Rutgers at Clemson
Tue, Dec 2:
Syracuse at Michigan
Ohio State at Louisville
Pittsburgh at Indiana
NC State at Purdue
Illinois at Miami (Fla.)
Minnesota at Wake Forest
Wed, Dec 3:
Duke at Wisconsin
Michigan State at Notre Dame
Iowa at North Carolina
Virginia at Maryland
Georgia Tech at Northwestern
Virginia Tech at Penn State
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