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Muhammad-Ali Abdur-Rahkman and Michigan will play defending NCAA national champion North Carolina in the Big Ten/ACC Challenge.

Michigan to take on national champs in Big Ten/ACC Challenge, satellite camp tour coming to end

Kevin Goheen

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Today is Friday, June 9, 2017, and here’s your Breakfast of Victors.


Bring on the Tar Heels

Michigan and North Carolina haven’t played basketball against each other since … well, since someone called a timeout his team didn’t have. That will change next season when the teams meet in Chapel Hill as part of the Big Ten/ACC Challenge.

The schedule of matchups was announced Thursday for the 19th series between the two conferences. The ACC won last season 9-5 to snap the Big Ten’s seven-year run of victories. Michigan lost 73-70 at home against Virginia Tech to fall to 7-9 all-time in the challenge.

The game will be played between Nov. 27-30, with the exact date and time to be announced later.

Michigan is 2-3 all time against UNC but this would be the first game between the schools played on campus. Michigan beat UNC in the 1992 Rainbow Classic in Hawaii. The other four games have been played in the NCAA Tournament, including the 1993 NCAA title game won by the Tar Heels. Michigan beat North Carolina in the Sweet 16 in 1989 on its way to winning the national title.

Camping out

The Michigan satellite camp campaign wraps up this weekend, beginning Friday in Nashville at Tennessee State.

Jim Harbaugh and staff are scheduled for four camps on opposite ends of the country Saturday and Sunday. They will be at the University of San Diego Saturday for a stop at the school that gave Harbaugh his first college head coaching job, before moving up the California coast to Los Angeles on Sunday to be a part of the USC Rising Stars camp on Sunday.

The East Coast swing will be at Sacred Heart in Connecticut on Saturday and Charlotte on Sunday. If you missed Rachel Lenzi’s piece on how Michigan put its camp schedule together, you can check it out here.

Mr. Harbaugh goes to Washington

Since the satellite camp tour will be finished, Harbaugh will have time to head to the nation’s capital to speak on behalf of the Legal Services Corporation. Harbaugh is a member of the organization’s Leader’s Council and will speak at a congressional hearing next Wednesday, according to a report by the Detroit Free Press.

Track & Field championships, Day 2

Senior Steven Bastien broke his own school record and became the first Michigan decathlete to surpass 8,000 points as he finished fourth at the NCAA championships at Hayward Field in Eugene, Ore., Thursday night. Bastien held a five-point lead for fourth place on Hunter Vieth of Wichita State and finished the two-day, 10-event competition with a strong performace in the 1,500 meter run to earn first-team All-American honors.

Junior Jaimie Phelan advanced to the finals of the 1,500 meters by placing fifth in her semifinal heat. The top five placers in each of three semifinal heats plus the next two fastest times qualified for the final on Saturday. Phelan finished in four minutes, 11.92 seconds to earn her automatic spot in the finals. Her heat was the fastest of the three semifinals, with her time was the fifth fastest on the day.

Honors Week

The end-of-year awards are starting to roll in and four Michigan athletes have garnered high honors this week.

Tight end Jake Butt and golfer Grace Choi were named Michigan’s recipients of the Big Ten’s Outstanding Sportsmanship Award. Butt, selected in the fifth round of the NFL draft by the Denver Broncos, and Choi have both graduated.

Gymnast Nicole Artz and swimmer PJ Ransford were honored by CoSIDA (College Sports Information Directors of America) as part of the group’s Academic All-America Division I At-Large teams.