Indiana enters the 2012-13 season as a frontrunner for the national title, but the Hoosiers aren’t in for a cakewalk if they hope to cut down the nets in the Georgia Dome. The Big Ten looks to be as stacked as any conference in the country, and the Hoosiers aren’t even a sure thing to make it to conference play with an unblemished record.
Indiana gets the headliner’s spot in the Big Ten-ACC Challenge this year, squaring off with the new-look North Carolina Tar Heels. The Hoosiers will need to be in postseason form in November in order to slow down Roy Williams’ light-speed offense.
Read on for more on the clash with UNC and the rest of the half-dozen most crucial matchups Indiana will face this season.