Big Ten/ACC Challenge Update
We're into the 2nd and final day of the Big Ten/ACC Challenge and it's certainly been an interesting set of match ups so far. We thought it would be a great idea to catch you up on the action from yesterday and peak into tonight's games. Currently the Big Ten holds a nice 4 to 2 lead in the series and with 3 wins tonight they will be the champions for the 3rd straight season. What happened last night and what is on tap tonight?
Virginia 70 Michigan 58
- Michigan didn't have the shooting touch it usually did, but freshman Trey Burke had a standout game, dishing out 4 assists, grabbing 4 rebounds, and scoring 11 points. However, a 19-2 run by the Cavaliers in the 2nd half put this game away quick as the Wahoo's won at home.
Northwestern 76 Georgia Tech 60
- Georgia Tech is playing it's games away from their usual home, spliting time between the Philips Arena in downtown Atlanta and the Gwinett Center, a full 30 minutes from campus. It seems to be bothering them, well that and John Shurna. The Wildcats star forward had a huge game going for 25 points, 8 rebounds, and blocking 3 shots. Georgia Tech couldn't stay in this game thanks to horrendous 3 point shooting, going only 2 for 11 (18.2%) on the night.
Illinois 71 Maryland 62
- This promised to be the best match up of the night outside of the spotlight on the Duke vs. Ohio State game and it lived up to the hype. Maryland put on a good show despite the loss, with Terrell Stoglin scoring 25 for the now 3-3 Terps. Illinois remained perfect to start their season thanks to an oldie but newbie in Sam Maniscalco (24 points) and Brandon Paul (17 points and 7 rebounds).
Purdue 76 Miami 65
- Well a lot thought this would be the most lopsided of the games and they were right, even though the final score doesn't reflect it. Purdue pounded the much smaller Hurricanes inside, making 22 of 31 shots from inside the 3 point line. Don't worry the Boilermakers still managed to jack up their fare share of 3's as well, 16 to be exact, making only 4 though. Miami didn't have a player taller than 6'6" in the starting lineup and that was the death nil of this team. Well, that and 38.9% FG shooting for the game. Leading the way for Purdue was Robbie Hummel (17 points) and Malcolm Grant (15 points) for the Hurricanes.
Clemson 71 Iowa 55
- This one was just about as bad as it gets for the Big Ten. Iowa managed to get embarrassed at home in this one, but that shouldn't surprise you as they are now just 2-9 in their 11 appearances in the Challenge. Clemson was led by Andre Young and his 19 points and Tanner Smith who cleaned things up on the boards, grabbing 14 rebounds for the Tigers. Iowa does have a good set of Freshman on this team and leading them was Josh Oglesby (no relation to the Badgers all-conference RT) who had 15 points in the loss.
Ohio State 85 Duke 63
- In what was supposed to be the best match up of the evening and perhaps of the whole Challenge, Ohio State just smashed a listless Duke team, handing Duke one of it's worst non-conference losses in program history. The 1st half was the story in this one as OSU built up a 19 point 47-28 lead at the half. Duke was plagued with a lack of shooting touch, only hitting on 20% of it's 3's for the night (3 of 15) and leading scorer Austin Rivers (22) and Mason Plumlee (16) combined for well over half of the Blue Devil points. On the other end of things OSU shot an amazing 59.3% from the field and were led by the usual suspects of Jared Sullinger (21 points), William Buford (20), Deshaun Thomas (18) and Aaron Craft (17).
Tonight's games are:
Indiana @ North Carolina State (6:15pm Central on ESPN2)
Penn State @ Boston College (6:15pm Central on ESPNU)
Florida State @ Michigan State (6:30pm Central on ESPN)
Virginia Tech @ Minnesota (8:15pm Central on ESPN2)
Wake Forest @ Nebraska (8:15pm Central on ESPNU)
#7/9 Wisconsin @ #5 North Carolina (8:30pm Central on ESPN)