2020-21 Season

Michigan will host N.C. State in ACC–Big Ten Challenge

Michigan will host North Carolina State in the 2020 ACC–Big Ten Challenge.

The game is set for December 9th while time and television information will be released at a later date.

The rest of Michigan’s non-conference schedule remains up in the air with the season set to tip on November 25th. The Wolverines withdrew from the Empire Classic and haven’t announced any other official dates for the 2020-21 season.

N.C. State finished 20-12 (10-10 ACC) last season under Kevin Keatts and was ranked 50th nationally per KenPom. In BartTorvik’s preseason ratings, the Wolfpack are ranked 48th. Michigan’s last matchup with N.C. State was a 66-59 victory on December 1st, 2015.

Other ACC/Big Ten Challenge matchups include:

  • North Carolina at Iowa
  • Michigan State at Virginia
  • Illinois at Duke
  • Indiana at Florida State
  • Purdue at Miami
  • Ohio State at Notre Dame
  • Syracuse at Rutgers
  • Boston College at Minnesota
  • Penn State at Virginia Tech
  • Louisville at Wisconsin
  • Georgia Tech at Nebraska
  • Pittsburgh at Northwestern
  • Maryland at Clemson

Notable Replies

  1. MichiganMan2424

    Disappointing draw IMO. 3rd time playing NC State in the Challenge since 2012. Projected 10th in the ACC and outside the top 40 nationally by Three Man Weave, was hoping for a bigger matchup.

    Here’s 3MW’s preview of the ACC, which includes the NC State overview.

  2. umhoops

    Nice link. They have good wings and a solid scoring big, but replacing Markelle Johnson will be tough. He was the guy in the back court.

    NCSU has pretty consistently been good enough to win 20 games or so under Keatts but never really good enough to be taken seriously as a contender.

    Definitely a game UM should feel comfortable about at home. But should at least be a decent win if they get it.

  3. MichiganMan2424

    Reading that preview it will be interesting to see how Michigan does against that defense. NC State runs shooters off the 3 point line and has great shot blocking in the front court, but they don’t rebound the ball. Honestly doesn’t seem like the best matchup for Michigan, theoretically taking away one of Michigan’s strengths (shooting) and the biggest weakness being something Michigan isn’t expected to be able to exploit (bad defensive rebounding).

  4. mjsb2

    They were 45th in 3pt rate allowed last year. They focus on preventing threes, but really don’t do it at an elite level where I’d be worried about them preventing Michigan from getting up a lot of threes.

  5. bacon141

    Way too early prediction: ACC 8-6
    B1G wins: Iowa, Rutgers, Purdue, Minnesota, Wisconsin, Michigan
    ACC wins: Duke, Notre Dame, VTech, Virginia, FSU, Clemson, Georgia Tech, Pitt

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