2012 Big Ten - ACC Challenge matchups - Michigan hosts NC State

Submitted by Leaders And Best on May 14th, 2012 at 2:02 PM

The 2012 B1G-ACC Challenge matchups were released today.  Michigan will host NC State this fall.

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

Tue, Nov 27
North Carolina at Indiana
NC State at Michigan
Minnesota at Florida State
Maryland at Northwestern
Iowa at Virginia Tech
Nebraska at Wake Forest

Wed, Nov 28
Ohio State at Duke
Virginia at Wisconsin
Michigan State at Miami
Purdue at Clemson
Georgia Tech at Illinois
Boston College at Penn State



May 14th, 2012 at 2:05 PM ^

Should be an interesting matchup.  NC State returns CJ Leslie and brings in a stellar recruiting class while Michigan returns Trey Burke and also brings in a stellar recruiting class.


May 14th, 2012 at 2:46 PM ^

I was hoping for Duke or UNC.  NC State may be better than either or both of those teams next year, but they won't have the name recognition.

EDIT: As important as RPI is, this may not turn out to be a bad thing after all.  I take back my disappointment.


May 14th, 2012 at 2:44 PM ^

My thoughts:


Game BIG TEN   ACC  
  Edge Slight Edge EVEN Slight Edge Edge Notes
UNC @ Indiana X         Top team at home
NCST @ UM   X       Very even, home court puts it in UM's favor
MINN @ FSU     X     Minn slightly better likely but on road
MD @ NW         X Likely ACC win
IOWA @ VT     X     Both mediocre teams
OSU @ Duke       X   Very even- perhaps slight edge to Duke with home court
UVA @ WISC X         Good UW team at home
MSU @ MIAMI X         MSU will be top team again
PURD @ CLEM     X     Both mediocre teams
GT @ ILL     X     Both mediocre teams
BC @ PSU     X     Both mediocre teams



May 14th, 2012 at 2:57 PM ^

Purdue has good recruits but loses two top players and is coming off a year they beat no top teams other than us if I recall correctly- plus game is on the road so I don't think they have better than 50-50 odds or so.

Iowa if they can take steps could be decent- but similar to Purdue had few big wins and a road game so unlikely to have a great shot.

And Minnesota is good I agree- but on the road at FSU is very tough (they always seem to knock of top teams there).  Due to that hard to say they are favorites even if slight.


May 14th, 2012 at 3:22 PM ^

I can see that point.

We also have a recruiting class that is highly ranked and are pre-season top 10 like them.

I can certainly respect the arguement they should be better (largely due to a better tourney)- but at home I think we have slight edge, neutral even, and if it were there I'd expect them to win.  Home court means a lot- just look at what we did last year.


May 14th, 2012 at 3:08 PM ^

I do think that especially early in the season, MSU will struggle to replace the impact left by Draymond Green's departure.  That guy lead their team in points, rebounds, blocks, steals, and 3s, and was 3 assists away from leading in that too.


May 14th, 2012 at 3:04 PM ^

I live less than two miles from NC State's arena and get to a few games each year.  I think that they return four starters from a Sweet 16 team.  The incoming recruiting class is very good but lacks a big man.  TJ Warren actually played at Brewster Academy with Mitch McGary this year.

Due to transfers (sound familiar?) , NC State has almost NO depth outside of the incoming freshman.  Michigan should be a little deeper, especially down low (when's the last time that you heard that?).  Michigan needs to take the ball to the hole and get NCSU in foul trouble early.  Then use the depth to run them out of Crisler. 

This will be a HUGE game for Michigan, particularly because I don't want to hear crap from the Wolfpack Nation.  FWIW.....their complex in relationship to UNC is much, much larger than Sparty's is to UM.



May 14th, 2012 at 3:35 PM ^

I'm specifically thinking about Morgan, Horford and McGary against Richard Howell (rhymes with foul) for NCSU.  CJ Leslie has some height but he's not a banger.  NCSU's top big man off the bench transferred to be closer to home (even though it's only three hours away). Conversely, Michigan will be adding Horford and McGary.  I like the match up down low.


May 14th, 2012 at 3:54 PM ^

Howell is 6-8.

Here are our scholarship players:

Player Height
Burke 5. 11
Albrecht 6. 1
Vogrich 6. 4
LeVert 6. 5
THJ 6. 6
Staukas 6. 6
GR III 6. 6
Biefeldt 6. 7
Morgan 6. 8
Horford 6. 10
McGary 6. 10
McLimans 6. 10

They have some 6-8 guys and a 6-9 center. Tallest recruit is 6-7.

So I' agree with raleighwood- feeling good about the matchups.

Sure 7 foot guys may be tough, but we have a deep and energetic big-man rotation and damn teams are gonna have trouble guarding our guards (Burke can be unguardable, and the other guys are all 6-4 plus- potentially all 6-6 plus).  Should be a very different future than what we've been used to.  No more Novak at PF getting posterized (remember him guarding Griffin...)- should be us outmatching teams with height for most games now!


May 14th, 2012 at 5:02 PM ^

I agree with your sentiment on Green.  Whenever he came out of the game, the opposing team would make a huge run and who could forgot the way the Illinois game ended.