royandtomcrean.jpgRoy Williams and Tom Crean meet after UNC’s victory in last season’s Sweet 16. USATSI

UNC is seemingly on the verge of ending its longstanding series with Kentucky.

It’s a bad — and unnecessary — fallout of ACC schedule expansion, which goes into effect a few years from now.

But at least North Carolina won’t be nixing all premier out-of-league competition from its schedule going forward. UNC and Indiana, two of the most important programs in college basketball, are set to play each other come 2018 in a one-off situation. This on top of IU and UNC’s Big Ten/ACC Challenge game, which will be played on Nov. 30 later this year at Assembly Hall in Bloomington.

New York City has hosting duties the next season, though. The Indianapolis Star has a story up about what’s to come in 2018. The Heels and Hoosiers will tip off in the Jimmy V Classic, which is played each December.

It will be Indiana’s first appearance in the annual event since 2014, when the Hoosiers faced Louisville, and it will mark at least the third meeting in four seasons between the Hoosiers and Tar Heels, following last spring’s Sweet 16 match-up and the ACC/Big Ten Challenge date in Bloomington this winter.

According to the terms of the contract, the game will either tip off at 7 p.m. or “approximately” 9 p.m., Dec. 4, 2018 and Indiana will wear its road crimson uniforms. While the contract does not specify, the Jimmy V Classic – which IU has participated in twice under coach Tom Crean – is typically held at Madison Square Garden as well. Indiana will receive a $200,000 fee from ESPN for its participation, and will be responsible for its own expenses.

Indiana’s making a conscious effort to play in the New York City area. Tom Crean’s program is also on the docket to participate in the 2018 2K Sports Classic, along with Providence, Virginia Tech and Washington.

The all-time series between Indiana and North Carolina is at 8-5. UNC beat IU in the Sweet 16 in last season’s NCAA Tournament.

Source: CBS Sports Headlines / UNC and Indiana are set to face each other in 2018 Jimmy V Classic