CLEMSON, S.C. — The men’s basketball team is set for a home matchup with Nebraska in the 2016 ACC/Big Ten Challenge, ESPN announced Tuesday. The Tigers and Cornhuskers will meet for the first time in history on November 30 in newly-renovated Littlejohn Coliseum.
With Tuesday’s announcement, fives dates have been published for the 2016-17 schedule. Clemson will open the season on November 11 against Georgia. The Tigers will also play three games in the Puerto Rico Classic from November 17-20.
The Tigers were 17-14 last season, finishing the regular season with a 10-8 ACC record. Clemson defeated four top-25 opponents in the month of January. The Tigers return starters Donte Grantham (10.2 ppg) and Avry Holmes (10.0 ppg), while All-ACC standout Jaron Blossomgame (18.7 ppg) has until Wednesday to make a final decision on whether or not to remain in the NBA Draft.
Nebraska was 16-18 last season overall and 6-12 in Big Ten play. The Cornhuskers, coached by Tim Miles, defeated both Michigan State and Wisconsin last season. Andrew White III is Nebraska’s leading returning scorer at 16.6 points per game.
Clemson is 9-7 overall (4-4 at home) in the ACC/Big Ten Challenge, while Nebraska is 3-2 overall (2-0 on the road).
2016 ACC/Big Ten Challenge scheduleMonday, November 28Minnesota at Florida StateWake Forest at Northwestern
Tuesday, November 29Syracuse at WisconsinMichigan State at DukePittsburgh at MarylandIowa at Notre DameGeorgia Tech at Penn StateNC State at Illinois
Wednesday, November 30Nebraska at ClemsonPurdue at LouisvilleNorth Carolina at IndianaOhio State at VirginiaVirginia Tech at MichiganRutgers at Miami
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