Iowa hoops to face North Carolina in ACC/Big Ten Challenge

BY DI STAFF | MAY 02, 2014 5:00 AM

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The schedule for the annual ACC/Big Ten Challenge was announced Thursday afternoon, with Iowa drawing a road game against North Carolina on Dec. 3.

“We are excited about the opportunity to play North Carolina in this year’s Challenge,” Iowa head coach Fran McCaffery said in a release. “North Carolina is a talented basketball team that is extremely well-coached. This game will enhance our nonconference schedule and be a good road test for us early in the season.”

This will be the first matchup between the two schools since 2004, when the Tar Heels beat the Hawkeyes, 106-92, in the championship game of the Maui Invitational.

Other notable games on the schedule include Duke at Wisconsin and Ohio State at Louisville. Because the ACC has one more team than the now 14-team Big Ten, Boston College will not participate in this year’s event.  

Iowa won its game in the Challenge last year, knocking off Norte Dame, 98-93, in Carver-Hawkeye Arena. But all-time, the Hawkeyes are 0-5 on the road in the Challenge.

— by Ryan Probasco

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