Indiana to host North Carolina in Big Ten/ACC Challenge
Indiana will host North Carolina in the 2016 Big Ten/ACC Challenge, ESPN announced on Tuesday afternoon. The matchup was first reported on Monday by CBSSports.com.
The two teams will meet at Assembly Hall on Wednesday, November 30.
The Tar Heels and Hoosiers met in the 2016 NCAA tournament East region semifinal in Philadelphia in March. North Carolina beat Indiana 101-86 and advanced all of the way to the national championship game, where it fell to Villanova.
North Carolina will return a strong nucleus that will include Kennedy Meeks, Justin Jackson, Isaiah Hicks, Theo Pinson and Joel Berry.
John Gasaway projected North Carolina to finish second in the ACC next season in his early forecast for the league’s standings next season.
“Brice Johnson and Marcus Paige are gone, but feast your eyes on everyone who’s coming back for another season in Chapel Hill: Joel Berry, Justin Jackson, Kennedy Meeks, Isaiah Hicks, Theo Pinson and Nate Britt,” Gasaway wrote. “You can also throw in top-20 freshman Tony Bradley for good measure. That’ll do — assuming of course that the NCAA’s long-running investigation into alleged paper classes at UNC doesn’t decree otherwise.”
Indiana hosted North Carolina in the Big Ten/ACC Challenge on Nov. 27, 2012 and won, 83-59.
Other Big Ten/ACC Challenge matchups include:
– Michigan State at Duke
– Syracuse at Wisconsin
– Purdue at Louisville
– Ohio State at Virginia
– Virginia Tech at Michigan
– Georgia Tech at Penn State
– Wake Forest at Northwestern
– Rutgers at Miami
– Minnesota at Florida State
– Nebraska at Clemson
– Pittsburgh at Maryland
– North Carolina State at Illinois
– Iowa at Notre Dame
Other known non-conference opponents for Indiana next season include IPFW (in Fort Wayne), Kansas (at Pearl Harbor), Louisville (neutral court) and Butler (neutral court).