PISCATAWAY, N.J. - Rutgers, under the leadership of second-year head coach Steve Pikiell, will host Florida State in late November in the 19th annual Big Ten/ACC Challenge. The game will be televised on the ESPN family of networks at a date and time still to be announced.
The contest will mark the second meeting on the collegiate hardwood between the Scarlet Knights and Seminoles and the first on RU’s home court. On Dec. 22, 1967, Rutgers dropped an 87-77 decision at Tully Gymnasium.
Florida State posted a 26-9 (12-6 ACC) record under head coach Leonard Hamilton in 2016-17, concluding its season ranked No. 16 in the Associated Press Poll after earning a No. 3 seed in the NCAA Tournament.
The Challenge matches all 14 Big Ten teams against all but one ACC member. ESPN, ESPN2 and ESPNU will combine to televise all 14 games of the event, matching top programs playing for conference supremacy and the Commissioner’s Cup. All games will also be available to stream via the ESPN app.
Rutgers is 1-2 in the Challenge. Last season, the Scarlet Knights fell 73-61 at Miami. Guard Mike Williams paced RU off the bench, scoring 16 points on 6-of-9 shooting. In 2015, Rutgers dropped a 69-68 decision to Wake Forest at the RAC. Corey Sanders scored 17 points, including 13 in the second half. In 2014, RU earned a 69-64 victory at Clemson in its first ever appearance in the Challenge. The 16/3 assist-to-turnover ratio (5.3/1) by the Scarlet Knights was the best ever by a Clemson opponent and the three turnovers by RU tied for the fewest ever by a Tigers’ foe.
In non-conference play in 2017-18, RU will also host longtime rival Seton Hall in the Garden State Hardwood Classic at a date and time still to be announced.
The Scarlet Knights’ complete non-conference and conference schedules will announced at a later date.
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