IU to host North Carolina in 2012 Big Ten-ACC Challenge

  • 05/14/2012 2:02 pm in

Matchups for the 14th annual Big Ten-ACC Challenge were announced today and Indiana, projected by many as a top three preseason team, will host North Carolina on Tuesday, Nov. 27.

The Challenge, won by the Big Ten the previous three seasons, will be played on Nov. 27 and Wednesday, Nov. 28.

The Hoosiers won their Big Ten-ACC Challenge game last season at North Carolina State. It was the program’s first win in the event since beating Georgia Tech in 2007.

Start times and broadcast information will be released at a later date.

North Carolina is the fifth confirmed non-conference opponent on Indiana’s 2012-2013 schedule.

“With North Carolina coming to Assembly Hall, I see BEDLAM coming to BLOOMINGTON! Our players are very, very excited for that opportunity,” IU coach Tom Crean said on Twitter. “The pace of the game will be at Warp speed. It will be a indoor track meet in Assembly Hall. North Carolina’s running game is high level.”

The Tar Heels are once again expected to be among the country’s top 15 teams despite losing Tyler Zeller to graduation and Harrison Barnes, John Henson and Kendall Marshall as early entrants to the NBA Draft.

ESPN.com has North Carolina at No. 13 in their early top 25 while CBSSports.com has the Heels at No. 9.

Roy Williams returns a talented roster from an Elite Eight team that includes forward James McAdoo (pictured) and guards Dexter Strickland, Reggie Bullock, Leslie McDonald and P.J. Hairston.

Both Strickland and McDonald are recovering from torn ACLs.

Point guard Marcus Paige, a McDonald’s All-American point guard from Marion (IA), headlines a four-man recruiting class for UNC.

Wing J.P. Tokoto, center Joel James and forward Brice Johnson are also expected to make an impact.

The meeting will be the third all-time between the programs in the Big Ten-ACC Challenge. Indiana won in Chapel Hill, 79-66, in 2001 and North Carolina won in Bloomington, 70-63, in 2004.

IU leads the overall series with North Carolina, 7-5.

The complete lineup for the 2012 Big Ten-ACC Challenge:

Date Game
Tue, Nov 27 No. 13 North Carolina at No. 1 Indiana
  No. 6 NC State at No. 5 Michigan
  No. 25 Minnesota at Florida State
  Maryland at Northwestern
  Iowa at Virginia Tech
  Nebraska at Wake Forest
Wed, Nov 28 No. 8 Ohio State at No. 15 Duke
Virginia at No. 22 Wisconsin
No. 9 Michigan State at Miami
Purdue at Clemson
Georgia Tech at Illinois
Boston College at Penn State

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  • Did I really just get told I need a moderator to approve one of my comments? Top 10 all time on the comment list! Grrr….

  • SO excited to see this matchup. AH will be insane.

    The Michigan vs NC State should be another great game too!

  • HoosierDadE

    Why oh why do I wander onto ESPN discussion boards…they amount of pUKe talk just makes me do that, puke.  It was a freaking article about the BIG10/ACC challenge!!

    The only good thing about ESPN online is Eamonn…a little ITH co-creator shout out

  • chumhoosier

    IU wins 82-74. Write it down

  • HoosierFanaticFromUSI

    The B1G has won the last 3 years after the ACC won the first 10.

  • HoosierFanaticFromUSI

    The B1G has won the last 3 years after the ACC won the first 10.

  • Kenneth234

    I am so happy that whatever glich that I was experiencing that would not let me read the comments posted on these threads is finally passed.  It has been over a week since I have been able to comment or read the comments and I really missed it. 

    As for the matchup with the tarheels, I am a little disappointed that we did not get to give the Wolfpack a rematch, but I am always happy to watch UNC lose!


    Good to know I wasnt the only one having difficulty getting into the comments section on ITH ! I am pumped for this game. Nothing better than kicking back wioth some friends and watching the HOOSIERS kick some big time college basketball butt! The “HALL” will be in a frenzy that night! GO HOOSIERS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! 

  • marcusgresham

    Wonder if Cody’s ever watched UNC to have a scouting report

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  • marcusgresham

    Top 10 all time?  Maybe you misread it; maybe it said you should “post in moderation”.

  • IULaw79

    I think a lot of it has to do with the fact that MSU already plays a brutal non-conference schedule every season.  Like last year they played UNC and Duke outside of the challenge.  I believe they play a bunch of top teams again, so Izzo may have “asked” to get a lower tier team in this.

  • HoosierDadE

    I believe Cody had some distant relative on UNC…I’m thinking second cousin twice removed

  • HoosierDadE

    I believe Cody had some distant relative on UNC…I’m thinking second cousin twice removed

  • IULaw79

    Did you try to post an external link?  I think that automatically has to get approved…but i’m not sure.

  • CreamandCrimson

    UNC coming to town is going to be very exciting. The names on the front of the jerseys and the traditions of the two programs is more than enough to get people looking forward to this one. Looking a bit deeper…there are some individual matchups that add some intrigue.

    1. Marcus Paige is considered by many recruiting experts to be the top PG recruit in the 2012. IU fans and Yogi Ferrell would probably disagree. Those two will probably be squaring off some.

    2. James Michael McAdoo versus Cody Zeller is a battle between two guys that could have gone in the lottery of this year’s draft.  They could both be top five picks in the 2013 draft.

    3. UNC has a couple of guys returning from ACL injuries. IU has Mo Creek returning. This will be probably the first really tough game action the returnees see. How will they respond?

    This will be the first marquee, national game that our Hoosiers will play as a top five team. Being the hunted is a different beast, I am looking forward to seeing how we deal with it.

  • DarkSouth

    doubt they would grant a request like that as I doubt that a lower tier team wants to get whipped on national television. 

  • calbert40

    My oldest daughter was just a few months old during that game, and she was asleep during the game. 

    I was jumping up and down doing a “silent” scream and pumping my fist on that play.  My wife thought I was absolutely nuts!!  But I didn’t wake her up!!! It is incredibly hard to watch an IU game and be silent!

  • 11th and Done (Dunn)

    That would have been hilarious if he would have just thrown one of those “Wooo”s in there at the end.

  • Will be great experience for our guys.  Facing a talented team early.  Let’s just hope we don’t get big heads…as Crean has said, “who cares that we are being projected #1…it is what we do on the court that matters.  Anyway, go Hoosiers!


    I was under the impression that pUKe ran from us this year but was still locked into playing UNC this year and wouldn’t be able to run from that matchup until the season after the upcoming one.