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 SI.com 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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  • Miamihoosier

    They lose their top 2 scorers off a 26-10 team, who happened to also be their starting front court…..might be a great match up for us. These pairings look to really favor the ACC. I have to think, Virginia, Louisville, Syracuse, and UNC will all be big favorites..

  • Tcuomo

    Most fans probably don’t care about this matchup at all. However, I was very excited to see this headline. I got in to college basketball by watching the Panthers when I was younger (I am a Pittsburgh native) and as a result became a huge fan of college bball. Then I decided to attend college at IU and was a season ticket holder, which then made me a straight up fanatic. Both these teams are notorius for having soft non-confrence schedules (especially Pitt) and not much are expected of either next year, which should provide an interesting matchup. Jamie Dixon loves the 2-3 zone, so we should get a good look at how these young shooters coming in will attack it.

  • OhioHoosier

    General thoughts towards whether this will be a strong enough non conference schedule? Anyone think we need more?

  • Gregory Spera

    Louisville, SMU, Butler, Pittsburgh… we should be good to go.

  • Tcuomo

    Well as someone mentioned above, they just lost Talib Zanna & Lamar Patterson, which were their 2 best players and anchors in the frontcourt. PG James Robinson takes very good care of the ball and led the nation in Ast/TO for a long stretch of the season. G Cameron Wright can be very streaky at times, but when he gets it going he is dangerous. Young and Newkirk can knockdown 3’s but their % might slip with increased minutes. Their C Randall just got o=indefinately suspended for an DWI, so him and Hanner will have something to talk about on the court.

  • kyle jenkins

    1 more game from a major conference and we should be good

  • CreamandCrimson

    I am so very happy that Talib Zanna graduated…he’s the type of guy we won’t be equipped to handle next season.

    This is a chance for us to get an early home win against a team that will probably end up in the top-50 of the RPI. It’s way too early to project how we will matchup with them (this team has so much to be decided between now and late November in terms of style of play and player development) but at first glance I think this is a good opportunity that will be tough (but not overwhelmingly so) for our young Hoosiers early in the season. Mainly though, I’m just glad we don’t have to play Syracuse again.

  • OhioHoosier

    I guess I am really just wondering if two ranked games will be enough? Obviously the big ten season is different, but Pittsburgh is not in any preseason poll I have found, and I do not know what to expect from the bulldogs next year, may depend on AE..

  • Brian Goodman

    I agree I think the move is definitely to try and get home and homes going with all the other bluebloods. And maybe if Cal bolts for the NBA we can start playing that program again.

  • CreamandCrimson

    Two ranked opponents is enough (not saying we can’t add another one but two is enough). The key to our out-of-conference SOS is going to be the guarantee games. If we load up on 4 or 5 teams with RPI’s in the 300s, the out-of-conference SOS will be hurting yet again (and this season, it might actually matter because we should be on the bubble, at minimum). If we go about it properly and get some solid programs in with middling RPI’s, that part of our profile will be where it needs to be (in my opinion).

  • Gregory Spera

    The stronger non-con schedule, the better IMHO, but I would think that by May 1st everything’s pretty much set in stone.

  • iuoiu

    I’m not so sure that we need to get crazy trying to secure another big name opponent, since that seems to be taken care of. The thing that will have the biggest impact on the SOS now will be how good the non-marquee schools on the schedule are or end up being. This year’s schedule really suffered most because those schools either stunk outright or unexpectedly stank.

  • CreamandCrimson

    I think most things are set in stone but I have read some rumors about some type of challenge/event or scheduling agreement with the Big East that would see IU playing a road game (and then playing a home game in the years we are at an ACC school). I don’t know where I saw that information but I know it’s been speculated about…we’ll see if anything comes to fruition.

  • N71

    I sure hope they don’t run a zone.

  • iuoiu

    I want to drive up to that Maryland/UVA game at college park. Should be extra spiteful (well as spiteful as old ACC foes get). Heck I’ll even wear yellow to it. Not that I have any yellow stuff to wear……

  • SCHoosier

    Pitt’s always tough on the front line..so they will roll somebody in there. Should be a great game. Man the WIS-Duke match-up will be final four material early!

  • SCHoosier

    Yea I’m already sweatin’ who IU has to guard that Muiday kid. (SMU right?) Next to Oakafar, he’s the best baller I saw in high school tapes and post season All-Star games.

  • SCHoosier

    Not if we lose more than our share..won’t be able to make those up in the Big! Scheduling is a fine fine balance.

  • Gregory Spera

    Listening to ESPN radio driving in to work this morning and their two top names to replace D’Antoni? Kevin Ollie and Calipari.

  • Gregory Spera

    A really highly developed all-around game for a high school kid. Yogi and Mudiay should be a show.

  • And One

    I hate to say it, I mean I HATE to say it, but with what he’s got coming back and coming in he’ll stick around for next season. It won’t matter what kind of deal the Lakers might offer, he wants a perfect season and I imagine he thinks he has a shot at it. (This must not happen.)

  • Crimson&CremeFraiche

    You know Maryland beat us the championship the last time we made the final four right?

  • OhioHoosier

    I thought Mudiay was an absolute stud in the all-star games. High comparison, but Russell Westbrook definitely comes to mind.

  • Gregory Spera

    Kentucky is going to be insane next season. With the Harrison twins in the back court and OMG… Dakari Johnson, Willie Cauley-Stein, Marcus Lee, Alex Poythress, Karl-Anthony Towns, Trey Lyles and Derek Willis up front?!? Are you freaking kidding me? That team could beat the Sixers.

  • If we can avoid the 225+ RPI teams and replace them w/ 100-150 RPI teams, I’d be very pleased and consider it progress over the last few years. In terms of playing Pitt: I hope we don’t play zone the whole game. Dixon is great at beating the zone.

  • The B1G will be down next year. We will finish in the top 4 next season IMO. The stronger the non con the better.

  • I think a sophmore Stan Robinson can slow him down. I’d like to see him stay in front of Yogi too. Not happening.

  • inLinE6

    That’s something I don’t understand. Someone has to give up minutes. Why would all those high profile kids want to play at Kentucky and compete for minutes? I mean I understand it’s a great program but that doesn’t make any sense. If one-and-done players stay for more than 1 year, that’s going to hurt future one-and-done candidates. If Marcus Lee chose Indiana last year, he may have way more opportunities and may have his name on 2015 draft board already.

  • Snookafly

    Moore’s from Indiana too, I think.

  • Snookafly

    It’s very solid, but kind of “blah.” I still don’t consider Louisville to be a true marquee match-up. Butler, Pittsburgh, and SMU should be solid, but they might all end up being mediocre teams too. Pittsburgh made it to the second round, but Butler and SMU didn’t even make the tourney last year either. All in all, it’s a better schedule, but it’s still not that exciting. I feel like our program has gotten in the habit of settling in a lot of areas and this may be another.

  • Gregory Spera

    “I still don’t consider Louisville to be a true marquee match-up.”

    Yeah, but that’s mainly because of US.

  • Hardwood83

    I like your optimism and agree the conference will drop off from the last couple years…..but not sure a top 4 finish is realistic.

  • Snookafly

    That’s true– their resume is much more “elite” than ours over the past few years. My thoughts are: 1) Do our fans get excited about this match-up? and 2) Do we really want to acknowledge their program as an important win for us?

  • yimyames

    and Hawkins, Ulis ,and Booker

  • Hoosier Hall

    I really don’t think Syracuse will be very good next year.

  • Hoosier Hall

    Seriously though? All of these arguments are silly. We need to be worried about WINNING these 4 games instead of scheduling more marquee games. We will be in great shape if we can win 3 out of 4.

  • Hoosier Hall

    That was a great Maryland team. Juan Dixon, Steve Blake, Byron Mouton and Chris Wilcox.

  • CreanFaithful

    It doesn’t matter if you want to “acknowledge them.” They are a top 25 match up and SMU will be too…

  • Outside of Wisconsin, MAYBE Iowa and Nebraska, the top 4 is wide open. Nothing is a lock but with what the B1G is missing this year, I think it’s totally within the realm of possibility.

  • Alford Bailey

    I like it. Jamie Dixon does a great job with that program. Should be some great non con. competition.

  • Alford Bailey

    Pretty good. I will never complain about adding a couple more high quality teams,competition is a good thing, but I’m happy. Season ticket holders should be pleased compared to the crap they saw last non con.

  • Alford Bailey

    Good points. I would love a coach K or Billy D mindset of we will play you anytime any where. Compared to last year this looks pretty good, though.

  • Alford Bailey

    I may kinda enjoy watching Lyles sitting on the bench.

  • kaponya44

    I am kinda bummed we didn’t get a home date with them .

  • Snookafly

    “More marquee games” implies we even have ONE marquee game, but I guess you’re right, we should just be thankful if we have a shot at beating any of these average squads.

  • Snookafly

    The match ups always favor the ACC.

  • marcusgresham

    There are four solid games announced. The problem hasn’t been in the top-tier opponents so much as it has been scheduling teams in the 300s. You don’t have to play all top-25 teams, just try to keep everyone in the 100s. I know there will be “favor” games here and there such as scheduling Samford (and I don’t know exactly where they fell–maybe they weren’t one of the lowest ranked teams on the schedule, just using them as an example) to give Benny Seltzer a game, but you can’t have a bunch of them each season.

  • marcusgresham

    After I typed what I did I scrolled down and saw you’d already said it, just more eloquently, obviously on fewer beers than I’ve had tonight.

  • marcusgresham

    Not so certain I’d have bothered to add Derek Willis to that list.

  • marcusgresham

    Warsaw