Bo Ryan reacts to playing UNC in Big Ten/ACC Challenge

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When the Big Ten Conference announced the pairings for the Big Ten/ACC Challenge Tuesday, Wisconsin head coach Bo Ryan did not have to go far to hear the Badgers' draw. Ryan and the conference's other 11 head coaches have been in Chicago this week at the Big Ten meetings.

2010_BT.ACC.jpgRyan was pleased to find out that Wisconsin will face North Carolina in the 2011 Big Ten/ACC Challenge (Nov. 30 in Chapel Hill, N.C.). In between sessions at the Big Ten meetings, Ryan weighed in on what it means to take one of college basketball's blue bloods.

"Being pitted against North Carolina, one of the more storied programs in all of college basketball, is exciting," Ryan said. "We get a chance to match up against a very good program in a venue that is a great place to play.

"That's why they call it the Big Ten/ACC Challenge because you're always going to be challenged and this will be quite a test. North Carolina could very possibly be the No. 1 team in the nation when we play them."

Ryan's Badgers have won each of their last six games against ACC foes, including "Challenge" wins over Virginia Tech, Duke and NC State in each of the last three seasons.

"I think being paired with North Carolina shows respect for our players and our program and what we've accomplished," Ryan added. "Having this game on our schedule stays in line with what we try to do in putting together a competitive non-conference schedule and prepares us for the always difficult Big Ten."

UW's trip to the Dean Dome rounds out a 2011-12 non-conference schedule that is also highlighted by playing in the Chicago Invitational Tournament and hosting both Marquette and UNLV.

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