Michigan basketball to play at North Carolina in Big Ten/ACC Challenge

The Wolverines and Tar Heels last met in the infamous 1993 national title game

Michigan basketball will go on the road to face defending national champion North Carolina for the Big Ten/ACC Challenge.

ESPN’s Jeff Goodman first revealed the pairing on Twitter, then U-M confirmed it. The Challenge usually takes place the week following Thanksgiving weekend.

The U-M/UNC history is not long, but it’s memorable.

The teams have only played five times, each on neutral sites. The most recent came in the 1993 NCAA championship game, which North Carolina won, 77-71, in a game made famous by Chris Webber’s late timeout when U-M had none available, causing a technical foul and sealing thee win for the Tar Heels.

Michigan is 7-9 in 16 Big Ten/ACC appearances, the most recent coming last year in the 73-70 home loss to Virginia Tech.

Teams in the challenge are generally matched up according to their projections in the conference hierarchy for the following season.

North Carolina won the title last season. But the Tar Heels lost three seniors from their rotation and two players who declared early for the NBA draft.

To replace them, they’re adding the top graduate transfer in the nation, Pittsburgh forward Cameron Johnson, plus a Top 25 recruiting class.

Contact Mark Snyder: msnyder@freepress.com. Follow him on Twitter @mark__snyder.

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