Another piece of the Nebraska men’s basketball schedule came into focus on Thursday as the Big Ten/ACC Challenge will send the Huskers on the road for the second straight season to take on Georgia Tech.
The game will take place at McCamish Pavillion in Atlanta, Georgia, on Wednesday, Dec. 4, with the tip time to be determined later. All Big Ten/ACC Challenge games will be televised on the ESPN family of networks.
The Yellow Jackets went 14-18 last season and 6-12 in the ACC under Josh Pastner. Georgia Tech will return its top three scorers and eight of the 11 players who saw significant playing time last season. Jose Alvarado, a junior point guard, is Tech’s top returner after averaging 12.5 points, 3.9 rebounds, 3.4 assists and 1.8 steals. James Banks III, a 6-foot-9, 243-pound forward, provides a string interior option after putting up 10.5 points, 7.7 rebounds and 2.5 blocks per game as a junior.
The Huskers and Yellow Jackets have only met once before, a 66-49 win by Georgia Tech in 1983.
Nebraska is 5-3 in the Big Ten/ACC Challenge including a 3-1 mark on the road. The Huskers won at Clemson 68-66 last season behind a 20-point performance by James Palmer Jr.
The Big Ten is 5-12-3 all time in the Challenge but has won five of the last 10 with three ties including last season.
Nebraska will not be part of the Gavitt Games featuring the Big Ten and Big East this season after beating Seton Hall in Lincoln in the event last season. Nebraska will participate in the Cayman Islands Classic Nov. 25-27 in Georgetown, Grand Cayman. The rest of field includes South Florida, Loyola-Chicago, New Mexico State, Colorado State, Old Dominion, George Mason, and Washington State.
Big Ten/ACC Challenge Schedule
Monday, December 2
- Miami at Illinois
- Clemson at Minnesota
Tuesday, December 3
- Florida State at Indiana
- Iowa at Syracuse
- Michigan at Louisville
- Duke at Michigan State
- Northwestern at Boston College
- Rutgers at Pitt
Wednesday, December 4
- Notre Dame at Maryland
- Nebraska at Georgia Tech
- Ohio State at North Carolina
- Wake Forest at Penn State
- Virginia at Purdue
- Wisconsin at NC State
Jacob Padilla has been writing for Hail Varsity since 2015. He covers football, volleyball men’s basketball and prep sports. He also co-hosts the Nebraska Preps Postgame and Nebraska Shootaround podcasts for the Hurrdat Media and Hail Varsity podcast networks. His love of basketball can best be described as an obsession and if you need to find him, he’s probably in a gym somewhere watching, coaching or playing hoops.