Report: North Carolina and Indiana schedule 2018 contest


It’s happening off-campus, but two of college basketball’s most storied programs will soon meet.

Indiana and North Carolina will play in New York as part of the Jimmy V Classic, the Indianapolis Star reported Tuesday.

The two programs met just a few months ago when the Tar Heels knocked off the Hoosiers in the Sweet 16 of the NCAA tournament, but their last regular-season meeting came in 2012, with Indiana toppling UNC.

The Jimmy V Classic puts Indiana in NYC for at least the next two years as they’ll be joined by Providence, Virginia Tech and Washington in the 2017 2K Sports Classic.

Indiana leads the all-time series against North Carolina, 8-5, with the first-ever meeting coming during the 1961-62 season. Between the two programs, they’ve combined for 10 NCAA national championships, with both schools accounting for five apiece.

Sure, it’d be great to see this as a home-and-home with the games being played in Bloomington and Chapel Hill, but to get these two programs to face each other in any setting (and, presumably, Madison Square Garden is no slouch) is a good sight to see.