The thirteenth annual Big Ten/ACC Challenge matchups were announced today at 3PM. For once, Penn State will not play Georgia Tech, Virginia or Virginia Tech for the 93rd time.
The Nittany Lions will face a Boston College squad at the Conte Forum on Wednesday, November 30th. The Eagles will return a team that nearly mirrors Penn State’s. BC loses 4 of their top 5 scorers to graduation and lose their leading scorer Reggie Jackson (18.2PPG/4.5APG) to the NBA Draft. Much like Penn State, Boston College will look to replace most of their starting lineup with underclassmen and some solid recruits. Second year coach Steve Donahue, the same coach of the magical Cornell team from two seasons ago, landed stud power forward Ryan Anderson (Long Beach, CA) who should make an immediate impact. Other than Anderson, Boston College will look to four bench players who averaged between 10-15MPG last season to step up. Danny Rubin, Gabriel Morton, Dallas Elmore and John Cahill all played rather significant minutes for the Eagles last season but will need to fill huge shoes.
With this addition to the 2011-12 non-conference schedule, it looks like Penn State basketball will play a solid slate of teams. Games against Kentucky (neutral), Boston College (away), Duquesne (semi-away), Long Island (home), and Ole Miss (home) round out what appears to be a more challenging schedule than last season.
If you’re a Penn State student, be sure to look into Nittany Nation’s trip to the Conte Forum. They already tweeted about a trip (actually 10 minutes before the schedule was released by ESPN):
Penn State has won 3 of their last 4 Challenge games and are 4-6 overall. Boston College leads series with Penn State 6-5, they won the last meeting in 2001 in Chestnut Hill. Eagles are 5-0 in Challenge games, beat Indiana at home last season.