Men’s Basketball: Wildcats to face Hokies in Big Ten/ACC Challenge


Daily file photo by Luke Vogelzang

Junior center Alex Olah goes up for a layup. The Wildcats will be hitting the road for the Big Ten/ACC Challenge next season, as they travel to Blacksburg, Virginia to play Virginia Tech for the first time ever.

Bobby Pillote, Sports Editor

Men’s Basketball

Northwestern will play at Virginia Tech next season, marking the first time ever the two schools will meet on the court.

The game will take place on Dec. 1 as part of the annual Big Ten/ACC Challenge, the conferences announced Wednesday.

The series pits the 14 member institutions of each conference against each other over three days.

In 2014, the Big Ten emerged victorious with eight wins. The Wildcats and Hokies each narrowly lost their matchups against Georgia Tech and Penn State, respectively.

The game will be somewhat of a homecoming for NU graduate transfer Joey Van Zegeren, who left Virginia Tech in January after being suspended four games due to a practice incident. The Hokies struggled last season, limping to an 11-22 mark under first-year coach Buzz Williams.

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