Before the NCAA banned on-court stickers, Tom Izzo and several of his fellow coaches made it known they weren’t fans of them. It’s not because the stickers resulted in an eye-sore, but because they were a slipping hazard and caused injury.
The Big Ten put itself in a hole Tuesday night, going 2-4 against the Atlantic Coasters. Let’s take a look at just how it happened. We had predicted a split on the Challenge’s opening night, and we were awfully close to going six-for-six. How close?
The annual Big Ten/ACC Challenge tipped off Tuesday, and the Big Ten went 2-4. That means the Big Ten must win at least five games Wednesday to extend its streak in the event. Here are the results: Minnesota 71, Florida State 61; Duke 79, Michigan 69; Iowa 98, Notre Dame 93; Pittsburgh 78, Penn State 69; Georgia Tech 67, Illinois 64; Syracuse 69, Indiana 52.
There’s a good chance Minnesota’s Maverick Ahanmisi will be visiting the dentist sometime Wednesday. The veteran guard took a scary fall in Tuesday night’s Big Ten/ACC Challenge win over Florida State at Williams Arena. The worst part of the tumble, Ahanmisi broke his fall with his mouth. The result: a chipped right front tooth. Watch it happen in this post.
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It’s that time of year again, when the powers of the Midwest exert their basketball dominance over the Atlantic Coasters. Or at least that’s been the story in recent years, with the Big Ten taking three of the last four Challenges (last season was an unsatisfying tie). We won’t talk about what happened in the 10 prior Challenges.
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While most of the nation feasted, several Big Ten teams were playing for tournament hardware. Let’s get right into the meat and potatoes of what’s worth knowing.
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