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?