Indiana to play North Carolina in ACC/Big Ten Challenge

As Indiana coach Tom Crean predicted, the Hoosiers will host North Carolina in the ACC/Big Ten Challenge on Nov. 27.

Also, he’s pretty jacked up about it.

Other matchups in the event include North Carolina State at Michigan, Ohio State at Duke, Virginia at Wisconsin and Michigan State at Miami.

The release from the Big Ten.

Fourteenth Annual ACC/Big Ten Challenge Matchups Set for Nov. 27-28


The 14th annual ACC/Big Ten Challenge Presented by DICK’S Sporting Goods on Nov. 27-28 will be highlighted by North Carolina at Indiana, Ohio State at Duke and North Carolina State at Michigan, six programs expected to be highly ranked entering the 2012-13 season. ESPN, ESPN2 and ESPNU will combine to televise all 12 games of the two-day event matching top college basketball programs playing for conference supremacy and the Commissioners Cup.


All 12 games will also be available via WatchESPN, which delivers live access to ESPN, ESPN2, ESPNU and ESPN3 on PCs, smartphones and tablets to fans who receive ESPN’s linear networks as part of their video subscription from Comcast, Time Warner Cable, Bright House Networks or Verizon FiOS TV.


The 2012 Challenge involves nine teams ranked in an early preseason top 25, including five of the top nine: No. 1 Indiana, No. 5 Michigan, No. 6 NC State, No. 8 Ohio State and No. 9 Michigan State.


The ACC won the first 10 Challenges while the Big Ten captured the Commissioner Cup for the third consecutive event, including an eight to four win advantage over the ACC last year. In the event of a 6-6 tie, the Commissioner’s Cup will remain with the conference that won the previous year. 2012 Challenge highlights:


·         Off a Ratings High: ESPN’s telecast of Ohio State’s 85-63 victory over Duke last year was the highest-rated and most-viewed Challenge game ever, averaging a 2.6 rating and 2,618,000 households. The telecast propelled ESPN to its most-viewed Challenge, averaging 1,555,000 households, based on a 1.6 rating.

·         One more Shot at the Dozen: Duke, which has won 11 of its 13 Challenge games, will host Ohio State in its quest for an event-record 12th victory. Duke lost to Ohio State last year and to Wisconsin in 2009.

·         First Challenge Matchups: Four of the telecasts will feature first-time Challenge matchups: Virginia at No. 22 Wisconsin, Maryland at Northwestern, No. 9 Michigan State at Miami and Georgia Tech at Illinois.

o   In addition to first-time Challenge games, several of the teams are infrequent opponents: Michigan State and Miami have never met; Northwestern and Maryland played one other time, a Northwestern victory in 1958; Virginia and Wisconsin split its two games, Virginia in 1975 and Wisconsin in 1999; and Illinois has defeated Georgia Tech in six of its seven games, including the last one in 2001.

·         Tourney Teams: Eleven teams between the two conferences played in the 2012 NCAA Tournament: Duke, Florida State, North Carolina, NC State and Virginia from the ACC, and Indiana, Michigan, Michigan State, Ohio State, Purdue and Wisconsin from the Big Ten.

·         Following a First with a Rematch: Boston College and Penn State and Nebraska and Wake Forest will follow first-time Challenge meetings with a second consecutive showdown in the event.

o   Boston College, which won its first five games, lost to Penn State last year, while Nebraska lost its Challenge debut to Wake Forest.

  • Threepeat: Five of the games will mark three-time Challenge matchups: North Carolina at Indiana (Indiana win in 2001 and North Carolina in 2004), NC State at Michigan (Michigan win in 2003 and NC State in 2006), Ohio State at Duke (Duke win in 2002 and Ohio State in 2011), Iowa at Virginia Tech (won by Virginia Tech in 2006 and 2009) and Purdue at Clemson (Purdue win in 2003 and Clemson in 2007).
  • Three and one more: Minnesota and Florida State will meet for the fourth time (Minnesota won in 2000 and Florida State in 2004 and 2007).


2012 ACC/Big Ten Challenge schedule (times and networks are to be determined):


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



  1. Well, that replaces the Kentucky game quite nicely. I know it’s not really a replacement for the KY game and is part of the annual Big Ten – ACC Challenge, but UNC is a very prominent BB school, with a good team next year, playing in Bloomington. The students and local Hoosier fans should be treated to another great game in Bloomington.

  2. I wonder about ticket availability. Hate to leave Fl in late November but….

  3. Was it just me or did he sound a bit like George W. Bush when he said, “Hello Twitter family?”

    Wish we had a game with Duke…I despise Duke even more than NC.

    Maybe we’ll get to annihilate Duke and UK along the road to our 2013 NCAA tournament championship. Here’s to hoping.

  4. I hate Duke but I’ve always had a grudging respect for the Tar Heels. They’ve had their one and dones but they also have guys that graduate and, despite their success, will never be confused with slime like Kaintuck.

    While I’d be lying to say I really know the guy, Roy Williams has always be more than gracious whenever we have crossed paths.

  5. Who is KY playing at their home that night the little sisters of the blind! With Callipari’s philosophy Rupp Arena will soon not see any really great college teams unless they R in the SEC????? LOL –That could hurt his recruitment before this is all over! GO IU

  6. Great marquee match up. I imagine the Ball State game will fill the one year gap between the Kentucky series ending and either a Louisville or Kansas series beginning after next season.

  7. Great matchup for the Hoosiers. It will be exciting.

    ky who? Good riddance….hope nobody plays them.

    One more thing-congratulations Coach Crean-you are really making it happen.

  8. Hammer, Calipari will explode or implode long before the scheduling of powder puffs for home games hurts KY’s recruiting. Calipari’s arrogance will cause him to self destruct.

  9. Kentucky and Calipari remind me of the old story of the rattlesnake in the road.

    A fella sees an injured rattler in the roadway. The snake pleads with the man to pick him up and carry him the rest of the way across the road. The man didn’t trust the snake but he figured he’d give the snake the benefit of the doubt.

    He lifted him up and carried him across the road…at which time the snake turned and bit him.

    The shocked man dropped the snake as the venom set in.

    “You said you wouldn’t bite me,” he cried.

    “Well,” replied the reptile, “You knew I was a rattlesnake when you picked me up.”

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