Indiana to host Pittsburgh in 2014 Big Ten-ACC Challenge

  • 05/01/2014 1:31 pm in

Indiana’s opponent for the 2014 Big Ten-ACC Challenge will be Pittsburgh, ESPN announced today. The game will be played on Tuesday, Dec. 2 at Assembly Hall. A time and network will be announced at a later date.

Earlier on Thursday, Brian Hamilton of reported six Challenge games, including the IU-Pittsburgh matchup.

The two programs last met back on Dec. 9, 2009 in the Jimmy V Classic at Madison Square Garden, with IU prevailing 84-74. The all-time series is tied at 4-4.

Pittsburgh, which finished the 2013-2014 season 26-10 overall and 11-7 in the ACC, will return three starters. The Panthers fell to top-seeded Florida, 61-45, in the third round of the NCAA tournament.

The Hoosiers will be looking for their third win in the event in the past four seasons after beating North Carolina State in 2011 and North Carolina in 2012 and falling to Syracuse in 2013.

Indiana is 5-8 all-time in the Big Ten-ACC Challenge.

Other confirmed non-conference games for the 2014-2015 season include Louisville on Dec. 9 at Madison Square Garden in the Jimmy V Classic, Butler on Dec. 20 at Bankers Life Fieldhouse in the Crossroads Classic and SMU at home at a date to be announced.

The full 2014 Big Ten-ACC Challenge schedule is available after the jump.

Mon, Dec 1

Nebraska at Florida State
Rutgers at Clemson

Tue, Dec 2

No. 21 Syracuse at No. 24 Michigan
Ohio State at No. 8 Louisville
Pittsburgh at Indiana
NC State at Purdue
Illinois at Miami (Fla.)
Minnesota at Wake Forest

Wed, Dec 3

No. 2 Duke at No. 4 Wisconsin
No. 18 Michigan State at Notre Dame
No. 25 Iowa at No. 6 North Carolina
No. 7 Virginia at Maryland
Georgia Tech at Northwestern
Virginia Tech at Penn State

Note: Boston College will not play.

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  • marcusgresham

    Stan will shut you down, because you don’t realize he’s watching you. He’s playing that fake-eye D!

  • marcusgresham

    With the shooters IU has coming in I’d like to see how they handle a zone.

  • ForeverIU

    The NCAA should create a separate tournament called, simply, The Kentucky Post-Season Tournament. Kentucky splits into two teams, and they play a set of 7-games. Best of 7 is the champ. And this way they leave all the rest of us mortals the heck alone.

  • CreamandCrimson

    I don’t think it’s “blah” and I think Louisville makes a ton of sense for us (I’d love a home-and-home with them but Kenny Johnson swapping sides probably nixes that relationship). I understand what you are saying though. It’s not incredibly exciting (every IU game is really exciting for me…I have a problem!).

    That being said, check out these confirmed Big Ten home games…Purdue, Iowa, Michigan State, Michigan, Ohio State, Maryland, Rutgers, Minnesota and Penn State. Add Pittsburgh, SMU and hopefully a couple of solid mid-majors in Bloomington and the home schedule would be WAY better than last season’s (in my opinion).

  • Hoosier Hall

    While I would have to agree that none of these 4 games is truly “marquee”, my point was that we have to be able to close a few of them out. If we’d have won 2 out of our 3 “good” non-conference games last year (UCONN, Syracuse, ND) we would have been in much better shape and would have at least been on the tournament bubble. If we’d have won all three, we would have been a lock.

  • VAHoosier

    With our lineup next year, I think we should all prepare ourselves for large doses of zone defense.

  • VAHoosier

    I’d like to see us play a bit more in a true road environment. Still really don’t have any truly tough road games. But I know money is the big variable in that equation.

  • VAHoosier

    I’ll speak for myself, but my answers to your questions are 1) yes, and 2) yes.

  • VAHoosier

    I agree. It is a mystery. And to some, the mere asking of those questions implies some sort of foul play.

  • Crimson&CremeFraiche

    It really was…. also Lonny Baxter and Taj Holden. Man we were so close.

  • Mr. Mitchell

    That Kensucky Game

  • marcusgresham

    The key will be to have more than one zone. Play a 2-3 for a while, then make it more of a 2-3 match-up zone, then go to a 1-3-1 trap for a while, depending on the opponent maybe even a box-and-one. Switching defenses makes it harder for the opponent to adjust.

  • Jeff Smith


  • oldiugymnast

    AE has to sit a year.

  • OhioHoosier

    I don’t believe so

  • oldiugymnast

    Oops! Checked again and it looks like he has a chance to be eligible. Sad to see him go – liked him.

  • Outoftheloop

    Agreed, no 300’s. I think that Samford is fine, sometimes good in their league, never awful.

  • Outoftheloop

    Louisville is as good as KY! Pittsburgh and SMU will be tough. Butler may be 1-3 years away from good, but the Butler/ND Classic is great for the State of IN!

  • Outoftheloop

    There is NO way Cal keeps them all happy! He is “messing” with their NBA paychecks. There are only 200 minutes to pass around. The Harrisons, Johnson, Cauley-Stein, and Poythress start. Lee has to play-lots, to make up for last year. Coach Cal likes a 7-8 man rotation, that is the top 6 @ 25 min/game = 150. So that leaves 50 minutes to split for Towns, 7’0 #5, Lyles, 6’10 # 13, Ulis 5’8 #21, Booker, 6’5 #29, and Hawkins, 6’0 soph who played well in the NCAA Tourney! Ulis will get minutes because KY under Cal has never played a true small PG. Booker will get minutes because Cal likes his 3 big 6’6 G power lineup. But Hawkins has played in the big time, so he gets some minutes. There is no way that both Towns and Lyles get enough minutes to go to the NBA draft in 2015. So out of 4 one-and-done “wanna-bes”, only 1 will make it, AND out of 6 proven studs, only a max of 3-4 will make it. So the lesson to the top 30 ranked seniors in HS is “go somewhere else and PLAY! Willis may get some minutes if he lasts to his senior year, but that is it.

  • Outoftheloop

    They won’t play, they will be on the roster. At any other school besides KY, KU, Duke, Louisville, AZ, etc. Lee would be a lottery pick in 2014! He just lost $3-4 million in 2014 and may lose another $3-4 million in 2015!

  • Outoftheloop

    It is no mystery, this is the first year that it is happening. So Ky will not get these recruits every year for the next 4-6 years!

  • Outoftheloop

    No, he is definitely eligible!

  • oldiugymnast

    He has to jump through a couple of NCAA hoops, but yeah – he will be eligible. I hope he does well! Well, except that one day.

  • Outoftheloop

    Plus MSU, MI, OH St, and IU! That makes 7 potential top 25 teams. Then IL, MN and Maryland will be good, that is 10/14. I don’t know if NW can do it again next year with the upsets. Purdue, Rutgers and PSU will struggle. That still makes a very strong league!

  • Outoftheloop

    You forgot Duke with a freshmen class superior to KY!

  • VAHoosier

    What? This is the first year KY has brought in 4 or 5 five-star recruits? How about last year. Fact is, KY is recruiting at a level never before seen since Cal arrived. Which leaves the question: why do these players put themselves in the situation described by inLinE6?

  • Snookafly

    Louisville wants to believe they’re as good as the Mildcats, but it just isn’t so. Pittsburgh will be unranked starting out as well.

  • MSU lost Gary Harris, Keith Appling, and Adrain Payne
    UM lost GRIII, Stauskas, McGary, Horford
    Ohio State lost Craft, Ross, and Lenzelle Smith

    I cant imagine these teams being top 25 teams next year. That’s a lot of firepower missing with little coming back or relying heavily on frosh. If Blackmon is everything he is billed as, and Troy Williams realizes his superstar potential, we can make a very big splash.

  • Snookafly

    Oh, it’s way better than last year for sure. Of course the pundits are already saying the B1G is going to be down this year, so that may negate some of the strength of schedule we take from the regular season.

  • Snookafly

    It was NOT a great game.

  • Snookafly

    I respect your passion, but I don’t think I could rest the blame for our shortcomings at the foot of any one coach. We haven’t been marquee because our administration settles for mediocrity and our fans allow it. If we want to be great again we need to demand more.

  • Snookafly

    When we lost Kenny Johnson you said we should avoid recruiting against Louisville from now on. Do you really want to bolster their program with more exposure?

  • VAHoosier

    Well, my comment about recruiting was only half-serious; sort of a joking acknowledgement that with KJ on their staff they will probably have our number. But I think we should worry more about getting our program back than trying to keep from bolstering other programs.

    I just don’t understand why this is a question. Given where UL’s program is at, I don’t think there is a team in the country that wouldn’t acknowledge them as an important win.

  • If it’s a graduate transfer, he probably doesn’t have to sit a year. I think you’re right.