UNC makes the most sense, but maybe not all by themselves. I have said on other threads that I would be surprised if the B1G hadn't already discussed membership with not just UNC, but perhaps Virginia as well. I also said, going against the grain of local opinion, that I didn't think Carolina's rivalry with Duke would stop them from going if they thought it was a good deal for other reasons.- Posted by Ken D.
The B1G is dominated by the major state universities in their region. Maryland and Rutgers fit that mold, as do UNC and UVa. Duke does not. I think if Northwestern were not already a member, they probably wouldn't be a target despite their geography - or maybe because of it. They don't add markets the league doesn't already dominate.
If you add UVa and UNC, the only major state university you don't have in your contiguous footprint is West Virginia, which would never be invited for academic reasons.
I agree. It would make the Big Ten an incredible basketball Conference, while the ACC would all but dissolve. If UNC leaves, it would create a domino effect for the rest of the ACC. FSU, Clemson, Miami, VT will go to a strong FB Conference, like the SEC. GT might join them. WF, Duke, State, and BC would have to find a home also, as there would be no more ACC.