The Tar Heels bring back four starters from the team that made a run to the national championship game before falling to Kansas, and they add Northwesterntransfer Pete Nance, one of the top players in the portal. Indiana also welcomes back four starters from an NCAA tournament team, and Mike Woodson signed two five-star recruits to bring into the fold.
North Carolina is No. 1 in ESPN's latest Way-Too-Early Top 25, while Indiana is No. 14 and the highest-ranked Big Ten team.
The other marquee matchup on the schedule is Ohio State'strip to Duke, a rematch of last season's Challenge game -- but it will be Jon Scheyer on the Blue Devils' sideline this time around, with the first-year head coach replacing Mike Krzyzewski. Duke has the nation's No. 1-ranked recruiting class, and Ohio State signed four ESPN 100 prospects and three top-100 transfers.
The best game on Nov. 29 will feature Virginiatraveling to Michigan. The Cavaliers missed the NCAA tournament last season, but Tony Bennett's team returns all five starters and brings in three ESPN 100 recruits. Michigan is coming off back-to-back Sweet 16 appearances and returns All-American big man Hunter Dickinson.
There are two other matchups involving a pair of 2022 NCAA tournament teams: Rutgersat Miamiand Michigan Stateat Notre Dame. Purdue'strip to Florida Statefeatures two teams annually in the conference championship conversation.
The Big Ten has won three straight Challenges, although the ACC still leads the all-time series, 12-8-3. The ACC won the first 10 Challenges before going seven years without winning one. The Big Ten won last year's competition 8-6.