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ACC-Big Ten Challenge Could Come Down to OSU at UNC

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December 4, 2019 at 8:50am

Since 1999 the ACC leads 12-5-2, winning the first 10 years and the 2 most recent.

OSU is 7-11 in the challenge, dropping last year's home match vs Cuse.

This year's is tied at 4-4 with the following games to go tonight:

5) UVA at Purdue 7:15 - hard to understand Purdue, but this one should be a bruiser in a rematch of last year's epic Elite 8 game.  UVA has held 6 of their 7 opponents to fewer than 47 points.  (Vermont got hot and put up 55 in a 61-55 loss to UVA)

Nebraska at GT 7:15 - will be a tough one for a 4-3 Husker team that has slipped from recent seasons with losses to UC Riverside, Southern Utah, and George Mason

ND at 3) Maryland 7:30 - should be a Terp win.  MD and ND are a combined 14-1, but MD's road win at Marquette in the Gavitt Games is the best of those otherwise lackluster 14 combined wins. 

Wake Forest at PSU 9:15 - the 6-1 Nits who have wins at G'town and Syracuse should be able to snag this one

Wisconsin at NC State 9:15 - Wisconsin is just 4-3 with losses to St. Mary's, Richmond, and New Mexico.

6) Ohio State at 7) UNC 9:30 - TTUN got the best of the Heels in the Bahamas, who rebounded to defeat Oregon.  Let's see if our Bucks can one-up our neighbors to the North and best the Heels in Chapel Hill.  It will likely be up to the Bucks for the Big Ten to tie or win the challenge, but more importantly, what a huge OOC road opportunity for OSU's resume.  UNC is 11-1 vs. Ohio State all-time, with our lone win coming during the 1991-92 NCAA tournament run.


Already in the books:

Miami 81 - Illinois 79 - the Illini fought back from a 27-point deficit at home but couldn't finish the comeback; they had a chance to win it but a charging call gave it back to the U.

Minnesota 78 - Clemson 60 - the Gophers jumped to a 15-4 lead and never looked back

Iowa 68 - Syracuse 54 - with this home loss, Cuse is now 0-4 against major conference teams and 4-4 overall

NW 82 - BC 64 - the Wildcat zone stifled BC as NW rolled

1) L'ville 58 - 4) TTUN 43- the Cards shot just 37% but clamped down the D on TTUN (I'll take a TTUN loss over a Big Ten challenge win, so no major complaints here)

IU 80 - 17) FSU 64 - Devonte Green propelled the Hoosiers to the home win

Pitt 71 - Rutgers 60 - Rutgers, who chose the Big Ten over the more appropriate Colonial Athletic for the home of their athletic programs actually led with 15 to go but fell to Pitt

10) Duke 87 - 11) MSU 75 - Duke dominated the preseason #1 Spartans who are now just 5-3


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