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Illini to play Maryland in Big Ten/ACC Challenge

History doesn’t favor Illinois’ matchup with Maryland at College Park, Md., in the 2011 Big Ten ACC Challenge. The Illini are 3-5 all-time against the Terrapins, including back-to-back losses in the Big Ten/ACC Challenge in 2006 and 2007, and 0-2 in games in College Park.

Though the Illini broke a three-game losing streak in the series with an 80-76 win over the Terps at the 2K Sports Classic at Madison Square Garden last year, Illinois has never won back-to-back games against Maryland.

The Terps missed the NCAA Tournament last year, the fourth time in seven years, finishing with a 19-14 record. Maryland will be headed by a new coach for the first time since 1989 as former Texas A&M coach Mark Turgeon takes over for Gary Williams, who retired after 22 years at the helm for Maryland.

The Terps’ roster took a hit when leading scorer and rebounder Jordan Williams, a 6-foot-10, 260-pound power forward, elected to stay in the NBA Draft after two seasons at Maryland. The Terps return just two of their six leading scorers: guard Terrell Stoglin (11.5 points) and Sean Mosley (8.1).

But Illinois is in a similar position with its top three scorers lost to graduation and its sixth-leading scorer, Jereme Richmond, remaining in the NBA Draft.

Here’s a look at the rest of the Big Ten/ACC Challenge Matchups, all of which will be aired on the ESPN family of networks:

Tuesday, November 29
Miami at Purdue
Northwestern at Georgia Tech
Illinois at Maryland
Michigan at Virginia
Clemson at Iowa
Duke at Ohio State

Wednesday, November 30
Indiana at NC State
Penn State at Boston College
Florida State at Michigan State
Virginia Tech at Minnesota
Wake Forest at Nebraska
Wisconsin at North Carolina

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