The schedule for the 2011 ACC/Big Ten challenge has been released:
Nov. 29: Miami at Purdue
Northwestern at Georgia Tech
Illinois at Maryland
Michigan at Virginia
Clemson at Iowa
Duke at Ohio State.
Nov. 30: Indiana at North Carolina State
Penn State at Boston College
Florida State at Michigan State
Virginia Tech at Minnesota
Wake Forest at Nebraska
Wisconsin at North Carolina
– The two marquee games are obviously Duke vs. Ohio St and UNC vs Wisconsin. Personally, I feel it should have been Ohio St vs UNC and Duke vs. Wisconsin. Would have been better matchups. Other games which could be decent are FSU vs Michigan St. and Miami vs. Purdue. Hopefully, the ACC gets revenge after finally losing for the first time last year. Also, welcome Nebraska.
-In other hoops news, Mark Turgeon has hired Dalonte Hill, from Kansas State, as one of his assistant coaches for the Terps. It’s looking like it will be a staff of Scott Spinelli, Bino Ranson, and Hill. Hill brings a tremendous reputation as a recruiter and has many local connections.
-Turgeon has already hit the ground running and picked up his first verbal commitment this past weekend. Seth Allen (class of 2012) from Fredericksburg, VA visited College Park and committed on his visit. Turgeon had already had his sights on Allen when he was at Texas A&M, so a relationship had already been established. By all accounts, Allen, a combo guard, could be an under the radar steal.
-On the other end of the spectrum, Maryland’s entire 2011 recruiting class has asked out of their letter of intents. Sterling Gibbs has already signed with Texas. That leaves Martin Breunig and Nick Faust. Breunig, who was recruited by Rob Ehsan, looks likely to be gone. It appears that Rob Ehsan will not be retained and may be joining the Virginia Tech staff, which further increases the chances that Breunig doesn’t sign with the Terps. The prize of the class was supposed to be Nick Faust, and he is still up in the air. The coaching staff is working hard to try to keep him. Another thing to keep an eye on is 2012 prospect Justin Anderson. He verbally committed before Gary’s retirement and he could also be having second thoughts. Faust and Anderson are two of Maryland’s better recruits in the last few years, so convincing them to stay is essential.