Did someone say rematch?
And a Top 10 rematch to boot. That’s what college basketball fans will get tonight when No. 2 N.C. State takes on No. 6 Indiana in the ACC/Big Ten Challenge.
It’s the first true road test of the year for the Wolfpack (6-1), fresh off two wins in the Bahamas. N.C. State defeated then No. 2 Maryland and Washington State by an average of 23 points per game. In six wins this season, the Wolfpack averaged a 30.1 margin of victory.
The Hoosiers (5-1) should provide a tough test. If nothing else, Indiana should feel confident at home and because they ended N.C. State’s season a year ago.
In the Sweet 16 in San Antonio, the Hoosiers knocked off the Pack, 73-70. It was the first win in the series for Indiana, who led by double digits headed into the fourth quarter of last year’s game.
The 2021-22 version of N.C. State has been on a mission. The Pack’s overall (48 percent) and three-point shooting (41 percent) lead the ACC and rank 7th and 8th in the nation, respectively.
Three players - Elissa Cuane (14.4), Diamond Johnson (13.3), Jakia Brown-Turner (10.3) - average double figures. Six players average at least seven points.
N.C. State has defeated 25 nationally ranked teams under Wes Moore and are 4-7 on the road versus Top 10 opponents. Thursday’s game will be just the second time the Pack and Hoosiers have met with both teams ranked in the Top 25.
The contest between N.C. State and Indiana will air on ESPN2.
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WHEN IS THE N.C. STATE-INDIANA GAME TIPOFF?
Teams: NC State vs. Indiana
Where: Assembly Hall, Bloomington, Ind.
Date: Thursday, Dec. 2
Time: 7 p.m.
Series history: N.C. State leads the all-time series with Indiana at 4-1.