NKU Men's Basketball to Face North Carolina on National TV
Northern Kentucky University men's basketball will face off against one of the blue blood programs of the sport on national television next season.
The Norse travel to Chapel Hill for a game against the North Carolina Tar Heels on December 27. The game will be televised nationally by ESPNU at 7 p.m.
The game marks the first meeting between the two schools and next season will be NKU's second in NCAA Division I competition. The Norse have never played a team from the Atlantic Coast Conference in men's basketball.
A year ago, Northern Kentucky posted an 11-16 overall record against a schedule that featured Ohio State, Texas Tech, San Francisco, Tulsa and Florida Gulf Coast twice. The Norse finished 9-9 in their first season of competing in the Atlantic Sun Conference.
North Carolina finished 25-11 last season and earned a trip in the NCAA Tournament. The Tar Heels, third all-time with five national championships, posted a 12-6 record in the ACC.
NKU's schedule also features Kentucky and Purdue. (SEE PREVIOUSLY: NKU to Play Kentucky, North Carolina Next Season)
A rematch of the 2013 A-Sun Tournament championship final between Florida Gulf Coast and Mercer is also scheduled to appear on ESPNU. Florida Gulf Coast won the A-Sun Tournament title and then made a Cinderella run to the NCAA Sweet 16.
Defending A-Sun regular-season champion Mercer gets a second appearance on ESPNU when the Bears face Big 12 opponent Oklahoma in Norman on Dec. 2.
"The increase in coverage for A-Sun basketball is based on achievement and reflects the hard work done by our basketball teams. We are very proud to continue expanding the ESPN/A-Sun partnership to bring more national exposure to our student-athletes and institutions," said A-Sun commissioner Ted Gumbart. "We look forward to showcasing A-Sun teams and their growing success with our teammates at ESPN."
The games join an expanding list of A-Sun contests scheduled to appear across ESPN networks. FGCU joins Kennesaw State as the A-Sun's newest members to join the conference's campus video production initiative that began last season with Lipscomb and USC Upstate. The institutions combined to produce 30 of the A-Sun's events that were carried on ESPN3 that included volleyball, men's and women's basketball, softball and baseball.