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Maryland, North Carolina to play in ACC-Big Ten Challenge

In what should be the marquee matchup of the ACC-Big Ten Challenge, Maryland will play North Carolina Dec. 1 in Chapel Hill, ESPN announced Wednesday.

The Tar Heels and Terps have been mentioned as potential No. 1 ranked teams going into next season.

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"This is an exciting early season matchup against an outstanding program," Mark Turgeon said in a statement. "I have a great deal of respect for Coach [Roy] Williams. It will be a tremendous opportunity for our program to play in a great environment on the road. I know this will be a game that our fans look forward to as well.

Even prior to Monday's announcement that former Duke guard Rasheed Sulaimon will transfer to College Park and become eligible immediately as long as graduates this summer, Maryland has been picked as a Final Four contender in 2015-2016.

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It will mark the 180th meeting between the Terps and Tar Heels.

Maryland has not beaten North Carolina in the seven games the teams have played since Mark Turgeon took over in 2011.

The last time the two teams were both ranked in the top 10 when they met was in 1998-99, when the No. 5 Terps beat the No. 9 Tar Heels in Chapel Hill.

The last time Maryland and North Carolina were ranked in the top 5 for one of their matchups was 1983-84, when the No. 5 Terps lost to the No. 1 Tar Heels at Cole Field House in what became a much celebrated matchup – and YouTube sensation – between sophomore Len Bias and junior Michael Jordan.

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