Early Thursday, the ACC released the schedule for the 2017-18 ACC/Big Ten Challenge. The ACC is coming off of a winning year, where they were able to beat out the Big Ten with a record of 8-6. Currently, the ACC leads the challenge overall with 11 wins, 5 losses, and 2 ties.
The schedule for the 2017 ACC/Big Ten Challenge is as follows:
- Michigan at North Carolina
- Northwestern at Georgia Tech
- Duke at Indiana
- Notre Dame at Michigan State
- Miami at Minnesota
- Penn State at NC State
- Boston College at Nebraska
- Clemson at Ohio State
- Louisville at Purdue
- Florida State at Rutgers
- Maryland at Syracuse
- Wisconsin at Virginia
- Iowa at Virginia Tech
- Illinois at Wake Forest
The North Carolina Tar Heels will be facing off against the Michigan Wolverines for the first time ever on either team’s home court at the Dean Smith Center. This is quite unusual, especially considering the fact that UNC has played Michigan State numerous times throughout the years on each campus, at neutral sites, and the NCAA tournament. In fact, UNC even played Michigan State on an aircraft carrier back in 2011.
North Carolina and Michigan are not without their history. These teams have met four times in the NCAA tournament between 1987 and 1993, with three of those games happening consecutively between 1987-1989. UNC beat Michigan two years in a row before finally losing to the Wolverines in the 1989 Sweet Sixteen 87-92.
Then, of course, came the 1993 NCAA Championship game. The ‘93 Tar Heels went against Michigan’s Fab Five, featuring Jalen Rose, Chris Webber, Juwan Howard, Jimmy King, and Ray Jackson. Pat Sullivan made the front end of a one-and-one for UNC to make the game 73-71 with 19 seconds left on the clock. Chris Webber came down with the rebound off of the second free-throw, and took the ball down the court only to attempt to call a timeout with 11 seconds left. Michigan had no more time-outs left, technical foul was called, and the rest is history. UNC won 77-71, giving Dean Smith his second National Championship.
As it stands, UNC is 9-9 in the ACC/Big Ten Challenge. Michigan, who has a 7-9 record, will become the 8th different team that UNC has played as part of the event. Since the challenge began in 1999, they have played Michigan State five times, Illinois and Indiana four times each, Ohio State twice, and Iowa, Wisconsin, and Maryland once. It should be a good match-up with UNC coming off of a National Championship, and Michigan coming off of a Big Ten Championship and making it into the Sweet Sixteen of the NCAA Tournament.
More details should come out later for the date and time of the game.