The 2014 Big Ten/ACC Challenge slate was announced Thursday afternoon, including a matchup between Georgia Tech and Northwestern at Welsh-Ryan Arena. This marks the third time in five seasons the Wildcats have been pitted against each other for the event, and the second time the Wildcats have hosted one of those matchups.
Northwestern defeated Georgia Tech, 91-71, in Evanston in 2010. The Wildcats went to Atlanta in 2011 and won again, 76-60.
Last season, Northwestern played at NC State in the Big Ten/ACC Challenge and lost, 69-48.
Next season’s matchup with Georgia Tech will give the Wildcats’ thin frontcourt a solid non-conference test. Northwestern sports 7-foot Alex Olah as its only key returning big man from last season. The Wildcats also added Yale transfer Jeremiah Kreisberg, who is eligible immediately, and incoming freshmen Vic Law and Gavin Skelly.
Georgia Tech has a pair of talented big men who will test Northwestern’s big fellas. Robert Carter Jr. missed 10 games last season with a knee injury, but he came back strong in February. For the season, he averaged 11.4 points and 8.4 rebounds. The Yellow Jackets will also have East Carolina transfer Robert Sampson eligible. Sampson averaged 9.1 points, 9.2 rebounds and 1.8 blocks for the Pirates two seasons ago.