Notre Dame to play Iowa in Big Ten/ACC Challenge
BY LAMOND POPE Sun-Times Media May 8, 2013 2:20PM
Notre Dame's Garrick Sherman (11) reacts after scoring as Marquette's Junior Cadougan (5) walks by during the second half of an NCAA college basketball game at the Big East Conference tournament, Thursday, March 14, 2013, in New York. Notre Dame won 73-65. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)
The Notre Dame men’s basketball team will make a rare road trip to Iowa on Dec. 3 as part of the Big Ten/ACC Challenge.
It’s the first meeting between the teams since 1990 and the first time the Irish will visit Iowa since 1950. The time and network for the game will be announced at a later date.
Notre Dame leads the all-time series 8-5.
“We’re thrilled to be part of this year’s Big Ten/ACC Challenge in a first season as a member of the ACC,”
Notre Dame coach Mike Brey said in a statement. “This is a great non-conference game for us in a very tough environment. (Iowa coach) Fran McCaffery has done a fabulous job with the program there and return all five starters from last season. It will be a very good test for our team and players. I like how
our non-conference schedule is shaping up for next year with many tough early-season contests. It certainly will prepare us for the rigors of ACC play.”
McCaffery was an assistant coach and recruiting coordinator at Notre Dame for 11 seasons (1988-99).
Notre Dame will face three Big Ten teams this season. Notre Dame plays Indiana as part of the Crossroads Classic in Indianapolis (date TBA) and will take on Ohio State in the Gotham Classic on Dec. 21 at Madison Square Garden in New York.