Mar 29, 2012; Champaign, IL, USA; Illinois Fighting Illini new head coach John Groce at a press conference announcing his hire at Assembly Hall. Mandatory Credit: Bradley Leeb-US PRESSWIRE
The Illiniois Fighting Illini will square off against the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets for a first-ever meeting in the 2012 ACC / Big Ten Challenge.
The latest news out of the NCAA is that the Illinois Fighting Illini basketball team has learned their matchup for the 2012 ACC / Big Ten Challenge Presented by DICK’S Sporting Goods. According to ESPN, the Illini will play the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets for the first Illini-Georgia Tech pairing in the ACC / Big Ten Challenge.
The Illini finished the 2011-12 NCAA season with a disappointing 17-15 record, which led to the firing of head coach Bruce Weber and hiring of John Groce. The Yellow Jackets, meanwhile, finished with an 11-20 record under first year head coach Brian Gregory, their second straight losing season.
Here is a look at the full schedule of matchups:
|Tue, Nov 27||No. 13 North Carolina at No. 1 Indiana|
|No. 6 NC State at No. 5 Michigan|
|No. 25 Minnesota at Florida State|
|Maryland at Northwestern|
|Iowa at Virginia Tech|
|Nebraska at Wake Forest|
|Wed, Nov 28||No. 8 Ohio State at No. 15 Duke|
|Virginia at No. 22 Wisconsin|
|No. 9 Michigan State at Miami|
|Purdue at Clemson|
|Georgia Tech at Illinois|
|Boston College at Penn State|
For more info and updates on the upcoming 2012-2013 NCAA Season, drop by the SB Nation college basketball news hub. And keep up to date on the Northwestern Wildcats at the Wildcats blog Sippin' On Purple.