B1G Wins Third Straight ACC-Big 10 Challenge

B1G teams went 4-2 for the second straight night, and for the third straight year, the B1G wins the challenge.  I’m sure this will inspire a lot of “hurr durr ACC hoops ain’t what it used to be derp derp derp”, and while there’s a grain of truth in there somewhere, I think it’s best to not pronounce the league dead just yet.  As a league, the ACC was at somewhat of a crossroads last year, with more than one coach on the hotseat.  This year, most of the question mark programs have new coaches, and Duke and UNC are, well, Duke and UNC.  At any rate, this year’s challenge provided some entertaining basketball, and promises to continue to do so given the upward trajectory of both leagues.  Full challenge results after the jump.

Ohio State 85 – Duke 63

This one was never really in doubt.  Duke got the lead down to 1 at one point, but Ohio State was just too much.

Virginia 70 – Michigan 58

Little bit of an upset here.  Good win for Virginia, not a terrible loss for Michigan.

Northwestern 76 – Georgia Tech 60

Transition year for the Jackets as Brian Gregory’s just getting settled as head coach.  Still, an impressive road W for Northwestern.

Illinois 71 – Maryland 62

The Comcast Center was pretty empty for this one, and that’s a shame.  The Terps did put up more of a fight than most expected, though.

Purdue 76 – Miami 65

Best news out of this for Purdue fans: Robbie Hummel played 32 minutes, put up 17 points to go with 5 boards, and didn’t get hurt.  Welcome to Coral Gables, Jim Larranaga.

Clemson 71 – Iowa 55

Ugly effort from the Hawkeyes.  Clemson avoided being Clemson.

North Carolina 60 – Wisconsin 57

The Tar Heels look painfully uninterested in playing defense and rebounding.  I expect this team’s light to go on sometime in late February.  Hell of an effort from Wisconsin though.  Keep an eye on them.

Wake Forest 55 – Nebraska 53

First road win in forever for the Demon Deacons.  Couple that with a half empty arena, and Nebraska’s B1G debut season isn’t off to the best of starts.

Minnesota 58 – Virginia Tech 55

This was a pretty good game, and unfortunately for Hokie fans, the kind of game that Seth Greenberg loses.  I imagine this will haunt them come tournament selection time.  Pro tip for the Gophers: lose the elevated floor.  It causes injuries.

Michigan State 65 – Florida State 49

Hooray for the Spartans!  Only took ‘em three times to find an ACC team they could beat.  FSU steadfastly refuses to score.

Indiana 86 – NC State 75

Hey, did you know Cody Zeller’s parents were there?  Did you know they left with about 3 minutes to go so they could see Tyler Zeller play in Chapel Hill?  Did you know Jerome Bettis is from Detroit?

Penn State 62 – Boston Collete 54

It’s probably best for all involved if we just ignore this, and act like it never happened.  But while we’re here, NIT maybe for the Nittany Lions?

  • knightwhosaysni

    Clemson avoided being Clemson.

    Give them time.

  • knightwhosaysni

    Did you know Jerome Bettis is from Detroit?

    I do now!

  • http://thevictoryformation.com Dave K

    Hooray for the Spartans! Only took ‘em three times to find an ACC team they could beat. FSU steadfastly refuses to score.

    the Spartans are probably, at best, the 4th best team in the B1G. And that is a stretch. Their first two games of the year were against the ACC’s very best.

    That being said…Northwestern…dude.

  • younglefty

    That being said…Northwestern…dude.

    This Tech team is pretty bad. One scorer, no point guard.

  • Trey

    Now if only a Big Ten team would do something worth talking about in March…

  • http://thevictoryformation.com Dave K

    Ohio State will win NT

  • knightwhosaysni

    Ohio State will win NT

    no

  • http://cbhsports.blogspot.com cbh49er

    Looking forward to Carolina/UK on Saturday.

  • younglefty

    When the Heels decide they want to wake up and play ball, they’ll be seriously good.

  • Trey

    No. OSU isn’t winning. We’ve got very little size and gave them problems in the middle.

  • http://cbhsports.blogspot.com cbh49er

    Lefty, agreed. Even when they decided to turn it on for about 5 minutes last night, is when they took over the game. You could see Roy getting frustrated, even at the end of the game when they were playing dumb and allowing Wisky to hang around.

  • http://thevictoryformation.com Dave K

    that’s great trey. base it on one game in November.

  • cycledan

    Ohio State looked damn good though. No idea who will win the NC but Ohio St has as good a chance as North Carolina or Kentucky.
    I know Syracuse is ranked 4th and 3rd in the AP and ESPN polls but as a fan who has seen every game including two of them live, they are ranked a bit high. As much as I would like them to be in the national title discussion, I just don’t think they have the team to win 6 straight games this year in the NCAAs. Hope I am wrong though.

  • cycledan

    Pro tip for the Gophers: lose the elevated floor. It causes injuries.

    For those who didn’t see it, Va Tech player slides about 5 feet on the floor to the edge of the hardwood. Turns out, there is a about a 3-4 foot drop to the cement floor with metal steps also there. What a disaster waiting to happen.

    If that kid (Green?) got seriously injured and it looked that way at first, he really would have had a lawsuit. I mean, why is there no padding or something to catch the players. Someone is going to get hurt.

  • http://twitter.com/HawkEye_19 HawkEye

    Pro tip for the Gophers: lose the elevated floor

    Yeah…that’s never going to happen.

  • cabbage

    Minnesota players are generally slow enough on the court the they just naturally come to a dead stop before travelling more than 5 feet out of bounds.

  • cycledan

    Minnesota players are generally slow enough on the court the they just naturally come to a dead stop before travelling more than 5 feet out of bounds.

    Talk about home court advantage! I think they should put barbed wire and alligators around the court.

  • Trey

    that’s great trey. base it on one game in November

    it’s also the reason they got knocked out last year…they let Josh fucking Harrelson destroy them.

    They ain’t winning it all.

  • http://enjoyorhire.blogspot.com/ Vez

    Minnesota players are generally slow enough on the court the they just naturally come to a dead stop before travelling more than 5 feet out of bounds.

    purdue used to have one too