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And the ACC-Big Ten Challenge will go to ...

Posted on: November 30, 2010 12:37 pm
Edited on: November 30, 2010 12:44 pm
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... the ACC, I think.

Virginia's surprising win over Minnesota on Monday makes it a safer prediction than it would've otherwise been. But I would've gone with the ACC even if Minnesota had won based on how I've projected the other 10 games.

Here's a look:
  • Iowa at Wake Forest: Wake Forest
  • Georgia Tech at Northwestern: Northwestern
  • Ohio State at Florida State: Ohio State
  • Michigan at Clemson: Clemson
  • North Carolina at Illinois: Illinois
  • Indiana at Boston College: Boston College
  • North Carolina State at Wisconsin: Wisconsin
  • Purdue at Virginia Tech: Virginia Tech
  • Maryland at Penn State: Maryland
  • Michigan State at Duke: Duke
Final prediction: ACC 7, Big Ten 4

And, no, this will not "prove" the ACC is better than the Big Ten. I could easily take the 22 teams involved and schedule them in a way that would allow the Big Ten to take the trophy. In other words, this event is decided by the matchups and where the games are played, and little more. It's a terrific three nights of basketball, obviously. But it's not a good way to determine which league is stronger on an annual basis.
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Since: Aug 9, 2010
Posted on: November 30, 2010 2:06 pm
 

And the ACC-Big Ten Challenge will go to ...

The Minnesota loss could be the game that prevents the Big Ten from winning this thing two years in a row. Have to admit, these matchups aren't as easy to predict as they were in previous challenges.


I don't think that many people would've predicted a UVA win, but that one's already in the books

Iowa@WF: WF should take this one pretty easily off of an Iowa team that will be last in the conference. Wake Forest

GT@NW: This one's tricky. NW only has four games under their belt, so minutes played could hurt them. While the win over Creighton was nice, I think that the GT close loss to Syracuse showed more. Georgia Tech

OHST@FLST: Ohio State is looking mighty good this year. Possibly a better group overall than last year. Ohio State

MI@CLEM: Michigan had a close loss to Syracuse, but it was followed by a worse loss to UTEP. Clemson

UNC@IL: Carolina still isn't back to being the powerhouse they used to be and this Illinois squad looks to contend in the conference. Illinois

IN@BC: This will be Indiana's first test of the season. Boston College is a good squad but they need to play better in the second half. Indiana might put too many points on the board for the Eagles to keep up.Indiana

NCST@WI: This matchup should be pretty even based on the results so far this season. Home court takes the advantage here. Wisconsin

Purdue@VATECH: Tech's loss the UNLV was a little concerning, but not as concerning as Purdue's loss to Richmond. Virginia Tech

MD@PSU: Penn State looks to be better this year, but not as good as Maryland. Maryland

MIST@DUKE: Duke is extremely dangerous at home. While Michigan State could really use this statement win, they needed to have this one at home. Duke

ACC 7, Big Ten 4




Different game results, same challenge result 



Excited for next year when all schools from both conferences will get to compete!



Since: Aug 9, 2010
Posted on: November 30, 2010 2:01 pm
 

And the ACC-Big Ten Challenge will go to ...

The Minnesota loss could be the game that prevents the Big Ten from winning this thing two years in a row. Have to admit, these matchups aren't as easy to predict as they were in previous challenges.
I don't think that many people would've predicted a UVA win, but that one's already in the booksIowa@WF: WF should take this one pretty easily off of an Iowa team that will be last in the conference. Wake ForestGT@NW: This one's tricky. NW only has four games under their belt, so minutes played could hurt them. While the win over Creighton was nice, I think that the GT close loss to Syracuse showed more. Georgia TechOHST@FLST: Ohio State is looking mighty good this year. Possibly a better group overall than last year. Ohio StateMI@CLEM: Michigan had a close loss to Syracuse, but it was followed by a worse loss to UTEP. ClemsonUNC@IL: Carolina still isn't back to being the powerhouse they used to be and this Illinois squad looks to contend in the conference. IllinoisIN@BC: This will be Indiana's first test of the season. Boston College is a good squad but they need to play better in the second half. Indiana might put too many points on the board for the Eagles to keep up. IndianaNCST@WI: This matchup should be pretty even based on the results so far this season. Home court takes the advantage here. WisconsinPurdue@VATECH: Tech's loss the UNLV was a little concerning, but not as concerning as Purdue's loss to Richmond. Virginia TechMD@PSU: Penn State looks to be better this year, but not as good as Maryland. MarylandMIST@DUKE: Duke is extremely dangerous at home. While Michigan State could really use this statement win, they needed to have this one at home. Duke
ACC 7, Big Ten 4



Different game results, same challenge result 


Excited for next year when all schools from both conferences will get to compete!


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