Clemson to face Nebraska in Big Ten/ACC Challenge


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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 schedule
Monday, November 28
Minnesota at Florida State
Wake Forest at Northwestern

Tuesday, November 29
Syracuse at Wisconsin
Michigan State at Duke
Pittsburgh at Maryland
Iowa at Notre Dame
Georgia Tech at Penn State
NC State at Illinois

Wednesday, November 30
Nebraska at Clemson
Purdue at Louisville
North Carolina at Indiana
Ohio State at Virginia
Virginia Tech at Michigan
Rutgers at Miami

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