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May 8, 2013

Hoosiers get rematch in ACC-B1G Challenge

Indiana will travel to Syracuse on December 3rd for this year's ACC-Big Ten Challenge. ESPN confirmed the news this afternoon in announcing all the 12 match-ups. The game will be a rematch of March's East Regional semifinal and the inaugural game for the Orange as their program moves from the former Big East Conference.

Syracuse knocked off the Hoosiers at the Verizon Center in that Sweet 16 game, 61-50. The 50 points were the lowest number of points scored by Indiana in the 2012-13 season.

Both teams have been hit hard by graduation and early NBA defections. Indiana has lost four of its five starters and guard reserves Remy Abell and Maurice Creek have decided to transfer.

Syracuse will have to absorb the loss of sophomore point guard Michael Carter-Williams. The 6-foot-6 guard scored a game high 24 points in the win over Indiana. Coach Jim Boeheim will also be without graduating seniors James Southerland and Brandon Triche. The Orange got a big boost in late April when power forward C.J. Fair announced that he would return for his senior season.

Both teams are bringing in highly rated recruiting classes. Indiana has a six man class currently ranked No. 6 overall by Rivals.com. The headliner is McDonald's All-American forward Noah Vonleh. The Orange bring in a five-man class ranked No. 11 overall. The headliner is point guard Tyler Ennis, the No. 22 overall player in the Rivals150. One of Syracuse's five signees is former Indiana signee Ron Patterson, a 6-foot-3 forward from Indianapolis. The former Broad Ripple guard is finishing up at Brewster Academy in New Hampshire.

A road game was not unexpected for Indiana since the Hoosiers hosted North Carolina in this past season's challenge.

While the ACC leads the overall challenge, 10-3-1, the Big Ten has not lost in the last four challenges. This past year ended up in a tie.

Indiana has won in its last two challenge games, boosting the program's overall mark in the series to 5-7.

Here is a look at the 12 matchups:

Tuesday, December 3rd
Indiana at Syracuse
Michigan at Duke
Notre Dame at Iowa
Florida State at Minnesota
Penn State at Pittsburgh
Illinois at Georgia Tech

Wednesday, December 4th
North Carolina at Michigan State
Maryland at Ohio State
Miami at Nebraska
Wisconsin at Virginia
Boston College at Purdue
Northwestern at NC State

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