Penn State Basketball

Penn State basketball: Nittany Lions to play Pitt in Big Ten/ACC Challenge

Pitt and Penn State will meet for the first time since 2005 on the basketball court when the Panthers host the Nittany Lions in the 2013 Big Ten/ACC Basketball Challenge on Tuesday, Dec. 3.

The in-state rivals haven’t met since December 2005, when Pitt beat Penn State, 91-54. The Panthers hold a 76-68 edge in the series and has won the past five meetings and 10 of the last 13. Penn State’s last win was 88-74 at the Bryce Jordan Center in 2000.

The programs met at least once a year every season from 1935 through 1982 and every season except for two between 1913 and 1982.

“We are excited to continue a tremendous rivalry with such a long and storied tradition between our two universities,” Penn State coach Patrick Chambers said in a statement. “It’s great that we can be a part of an event that also matches the top two basketball conferences in the nation.”

The game will be televised on ESPN, ESPN2 or ESPNU.

“It’s not often that you can pair rivals in the Big Ten/ACC Challenge,” Pitt coach Jamie Dixon said . “Obviously, ESPN jumped on this opportunity, and it figures to be an exciting matchup for the players, fans and the entire state of Pennsylvania.”

Other games on Dec. 3 will be Florida State at Minnesota, Illinois at Georgia Tech, Indiana at Syracuse, Michigan at Duke and Notre Dame at Iowa. On Dec. 4, Boston College plays at Purdue, Maryland at Ohio State, Miami at Nebraska, North Carolina at Michigan State, Northwestern at North Carolina State and Wisconsin at Virginia.

This will be the 15th year for the Big Ten/ACC Challenge, which the ACC leads, 10-3-1. The conferences split the 12 games last season, and seven challenges have been decided by one game or fewer.

Pitt returns three starters from a 24-9 squad that advanced to the NCAA Tournament last season. Penn State returns its top three scorers from a 10-21 campaign. The Nittany Lions are 5-7 in the Challenge.