Report: Virginia Tech to Face Purdue in ACC/Big Ten Challenge

Jeff Goodman from Fox Sports says we'll host the Boilermakers (HT: Testudo Times):

The ACC-Big Ten Challenge matchups will be released later this week, but as usual, we'll give you the scoop as to the key matchups.
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Purdue, a lock Top 5 team, will head to Blacksburg and play Virginia Tech - a Top 25 club.

This game will certainly give Tech's usually poor non-conference schedule a shot in the arm. The Boilers also received good news this weekend when two players who had previously declared for the NBA Draft, E'Twaun Moore and JaJuan Johnson, decided to return to school. The news has Purdue fans excited about the upcoming season, just like Malcolm Delaney's decision to return has Hokie fans optimistic.

Purdue looked to be a favorite to make the Final Four last year before Robbie Hummel went down with a knee injury. Purdue earned a 4-seed in the tournament and lost to Duke in the Sweet 16. Hummel should be back from his injury by the team the Hokies and Boilers would hypothetically meet.

We'll officially know our ACC/Big Ten Challenge opponent later this week, as Goodman said.

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