Maryland basketball’s strong 2022-2023 schedule added another big name on Friday when the school announced the Terps will face Louisville in the Big Ten/ACC Challenge. It’s the second year in a row they’re playing Louisville, where they have a new coach Kevin Willard used to work as an assistant.
Maryland’s schedule is almost complete and includes additional non-conference games against UCLA, Miami or Providence, Tennessee and St. Louis.
It is the ninth meeting between the two programs, with Louisville leading 6-2 in the series, including a 63-55 win in the league game of the 2021 Baha Mar Hoops Bahamas Championship last November. Maryland only scored 38.5 percent in the game, which was part of a tough start to the season Mark Turgeon cancel two weeks later.
Maryland is 11-12 in 23 years of the Challenge, Maryland is 11-12 all-time, but most of those wins came when it was on the ACC side of the ledger. Since joining the Big Ten in 2014, Maryland has gone 7-1 at the event, including an ugly home loss to Virginia Tech last season that turned out to be Turgeon’s last game as coach.
Louisville is 4-4 all-time in the ACC/Big Ten Challenge. The Cardinals are in four games in the KFC Yum! Center, but have lost in the event twice in a row.
Willard was an assistant under the legendary coach Rick Pitino at UofL for six years (2001-07), during which the Cardinals went 142-58 and reached the Final Four in 2005. Willard led the Cardinals to a 64-48 win over Houston (1-28-04) at Freedom Hall when Pitino took a short medical break. Louisville is now also home to Danny Manning. Maryland’s acting coach last year after Turgeon’s abrupt departure is now on the staff of Kenny Payne, the Cardinals’ first-year coach.
Louisville is one of only six schools to have made the AP Top 25 poll in at least 18 of the last 19 seasons (since 2002-03, excluding preseason polls). The Cardinals have made the top 25 teams in the nation in eight of the last 12 years.
2022 Men’s ACC/Big Ten Challenge Matchups:
Monday 28 Nov
Minnesota at Virginia Tech
Pitt in the Northwest
Tuesday 29th Nov
Maryland near Louisville
Penn State at Clemson
Virginia in Michigan
Wake Forest in Wisconsin
Georgia Tech in Iowa
Wednesday 30 Nov
State of Ohio at Duke
Purdue in the state of Florida
Rutgers in Miami
North Carolina near Indiana
State of Michigan at Notre Dame
Boston College in Nebraska