Day 1 Review of ACC/BigTen Challenge

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The ACC has dominated the Big Ten in the ACC/BigTen Challenge, winning the challenge 10 of the past 12 years!  The Big Ten has won the challenge the last 2 years and looks as though they are gonna win it this year as they won 4 games on day 1.

Top Game:  Ohio State 85, Duke 63

This was supposed to be the game of the year so far, both teams ranked in the top 5 and 2 historic programs that have dominated NCAAB lately.  This game was far from competitive though, Ohio State started the game up 11-0 and then Duke made a nice little comeback to make it a game for a bit and then as the score indicates the Blue Devils never had a chance.  This game showed why Ohio State is the favorite to win the Big Ten and compete for the NCAA Championship and showed that Duke has some work to do if they want to win another title this year. The star of the game was Aaron Craft who had 17 points and 8 assists.  Craft continues to show why he is one of the top players in the Big Ten even though may not be one of top 3 players on his team.

Upset of The Night: Virginia 70, Michigan 58

15th ranked Michigan was on the road at  Virginia and struggled to beat a Virginia team who hasn’t played anyone.  Michigan was only down 1 at the half but Virginia pulled away in the 2nd half outscoring Michigan by 11.  Virginia went on a 19-2 run in the 2nd half to pull away from Michigan and put the game away.  The top scorer for Michigan was Zack Novak with 12 points.  Mike Scott and Joe Harris each had 18 points for Virginia.

The Other Games: Illinois 71, Maryland 62

This game was a tale of 2 halves, Maryland dominated most of the first half but let the Illini keep the game within arms length.  The second half was a different story the Illini controlled it outscoring the Terps 40-27.  Former Bradley PG Sam Maniscalco had his best game of his short career at Illinois scoring 24 points 5-8 from 3 and 7-7 from the line.  Maryland’s top scorer Terrell Stoglin dominated the first half and was the only reason that Maryland led the first half.

Northwestern 76, Georgia Tech 60

Georgia Tech kept the game close in the 1st half only down by 5 but the 2nd half was a different story as Northwestern outscored Georgia Tech by 11 in a 16 point win.  The Big Ten’s leading scorer John Schurna led the Wildcats with 25 points, 8 rebounds and 3 blocks and continues to show why he is one of the top players in the Big Ten.  Jason Morris led Georgia Tech with a career high 21 points.  Northwestern shot 55.4% compared to Georgia Tech’s 42.6%.

Purdue 76, Miami(FL) 65

Purdue over-matched the Hurricanes from the beginning and the game wasn’t really as close as the final score indicates.  The Boilermakers changed their game-plan as they shot 31 shots inside the 3 point line, normally they shoot the 3 (still made 16 3′s).  Purdue’s top scorer Robby Hummel who has had 2 season ending injuries the past 2 seasons led the Boilermakers with 17 points and 5 rebounds.  The Hurricanes top scorer was Malcolm Grant and Shane Larkin with 16 p0ints.

Clemson 71, Iowa 55

If you were to look at the records before the game you thought that this might be a game but that’s why you don’t judge a team by there record.  Iowa’s last lead in the game was 6-5 and after that Clemson controlled the game.  Andre Young led Clemson with 19 points.  Guard Josh Oglesby came off the bench for Iowa and led the team with 15 points.

Recap:

Day 1 of the ACC/BigTen Challenge was good but not great there weren’t any close games most teams that won dominated today.  The headline game Ohio State and Duke wasn’t anything but a thriller as Ohio State dominated and over-matched Duke team.  Hopefully day 2 can give us some closer games and some thrillers.

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