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ACC/B1G Challenge Schedule Announced: Heels Get Maryland

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This has been rumored for a few weeks and given both teams are ranked in the top five by most way too early preseason prognosticators makes perfect sense. UNC will host former ACC school Maryland in the ACC/B1G Challenge on December 1st.

Here is the full schedule.

Date Game
Mon, Nov 30 Clemson at Minnesota
Wake Forest at Rutgers
Tue, 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
Wed, 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

As much as the Maryland returning to Chapel Hill for the first time since the Terps left for the Big Ten is a story, it's not the biggest one. Former Duke player Rahseed Sulaimon will be making his return to the Triangle area. Sulaimon was dismissed from Duke's team during the 2014-15 season but will complete his degree in August and enroll at Maryland with a graduate transfer waiver.

On paper, Maryland is well coached and will have plenty of perimeter shooter plus an elite freshman big man in Diamond Stone and proven point guard in Melo Trimble. This will be a very good early test for the Tar Heels in what is shaping up to be another very difficult non-conference schedule. Per Inside Carolina UNC now has home games vs Maryland and Kentucky, will face UCLA in Brooklyn, Temple at the Naval Academy,  a road game at Northern Iowa and face two of Northwestern, Missouri or Kansas State in the CBE Hall of Fame Classic. Needless to say this team will be tested early.