Indiana to play at Duke in ACC/Big Ten Challenge #iubb

Indiana’s path toward a possible NCAA Tournament run will include a matchup with the defending national champions.

ESPN released its slate of games for the annual ACC/Big Ten Challenge on Wednesday, pairing Indiana with Duke in a contest that will be played on Wednesday, Dec. 2. It will be the eighth all-time meeting between the two basketball blue bloods.

A game time will be announced at a later date.

IU and Duke have not met since Nov. 28, 2006, when the Blue Devils prevailed 54-51 in Durham, N.C. Duke leads the all-time series 4-3 and also won, 75-67, in Bloomington on Nov. 30, 2005. The Hoosiers’ last win in the series came during the 2002 Sweet 16 in Lexington.

Other notable Challenge matchups include Maryland at North Carolina in a potential showdown of No. 1 vs. No. 2, Louisville at Michigan State, Virginia at Ohio State, Notre Dame at Illinois and Wisconsin at Syracuse.

The Big Ten won last year’s Challenge, 8-6. After a run of 10 straight years of Challenge ownership, the ACC has not won the series since 2008. The Big Ten won three in a row between 2009-2011 before the two conferences tied in back-to-back seasons. Indiana has won three of its last four Challenge games, winning at North Carolina State in 2011 and beating North Carolina (2012) and Pittsburgh (2014) at Assembly Hall.

Duke which is expected to be ranked in the top 10, will have to replace Jahlil Okafor, Justise Winslow, Quinn Cook and Tyus Jones from its national title team, but is expected to welcome the No. 1 ranked recruiting class in the country to pair with returning players like Grayson Allen, Amile Jefferson and Matt Jones.

While Indiana continues to add games to its non-conference games, the known opponents paint a portrait of a strong lead in to Big Ten season. IU will host Creighton in the inaugural Gavitt Tipoff Games, travel to Duke, play Notre Dame in the Crossroads Classic and take part in the Maui Invitational, which includes possible opponents Kansas and UCLA in its field of eight. The Hoosiers could play as many as five games against ranked non-conference opponents.

Indiana will also host McNeese State and Kennesaw State in December. Additional opponents, as well as a full slate of dates and times, will be revealed this summer. Last season’s non-conference schedule was ranked the second-weakest among Big Ten teams by KenPom.com.

Here’s the full ACC/Big Ten Challenge schedule (rankings according to ESPN):
Monday, Nov 30
Clemson at Minnesota
Wake Forest at Rutgers

Tuesday, Dec 1
No. 4 Maryland at No. 2 North Carolina
No. 5 Virginia at Ohio State
Michigan at NC State
Purdue at Pittsburgh
Northwestern at Virginia Tech
Miami (Fla.) at Nebraska

Wednesday, Dec 2
No. 14 Indiana at No. 7 Duke
No. 21 Louisville at No. 12 Michigan State
No. 13 Notre Dame at Illinois
No. 25 Wisconsin at Syracuse
Florida State at Iowa
Penn State at Boston College