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Kalin Lucas, MSU Will Get Rematch at Chapel Hill In Next "Challenge"

DETROIT - APRIL 06:  Kalin Lucas #1 of the Michigan State Spartans drives on Danny Green #14 of the North Carolina Tar Heels during the 2009 NCAA Division I Men's Basketball National Championship game at Ford Field on April 6, 2009 in Detroit, Michigan.  (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)
Francisco E. VelazquezCorrespondent IApril 25, 2009

Only a month removed from the NCAA National Championship game, it has already been announced when the Spartans will get another crack at the Tar Heels.

Despite the possibility of North Carolina looking a bit differently, it doesn't sound like it's going to be any easier for Michigan State.

Michigan State will make their way South to Chapel Hill for the next Big Ten/ACC Challenge on Tuesday, December 1st. It will only be the fourth time that the two teams meet as part of the Challenge, with Michigan State leading the series, 2-1.

The last time these two teams met as part of the Challenge was last December. It was also the first of two games Michigan State would drop to the Tar Heels at Ford Field this past season. The second game was, of course, the national championship just last month.

"I have great respect for Roy Williams and his program and look forward to being a part of what promises to be one of the premier non-conference matchups of next season," MSU Head Coach Tom Izzo said.  "It will certainly serve as a measuring stick for two programs that want to return to the Final Four next season."

Michigan State is a Big Ten—best 5-4 since the Challenge started in 1999. The inaugural Challenge had Michigan State visiting none other than...Chapel Hill.

Behind a great 31-point performance, Morris Peterson led the Spartans in taking the first Challenge victory between these two teams. In fact, MSU would also win the next game played the following year in 2000 at the Breslin Center.

Game time and channel will be announced at a later date.

Some other notable matchups in the next installment of the Big Ten/ACC Challenge include:

Wake Forest at Purdue

Duke at Wisconsin

Florida State at Ohio State

Boston College at Michigan




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