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.
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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It was while watching a Purdue team fall to Nebraska in the first round of the Big Ten Tournament last year that I assured my colleague, Tom Dienhart, that the Boilermakers were simply in a rebounding season. They would be back next year, I told him, and I had no reservations about that.
Iowa and Penn State both lost heartbreakers in their respective tournament title games Saturday. Villanova topped the Hawkeyes in overtime in the Battle 4 Atlantis championship, while Ole Miss nipped the Nittany Lions in the Barclays Center Classic final. Nebraska, however, topped NIU. Catch up on all the day’s action in this post.
BTN had a tripleheader of Big Ten hoops action today, featuring three conference contenders. Michigan State cruised by Mount St. Mary’s, 98-65 in the first game of the day. No. 20 Michigan coasted past Coppin State, 87-45, and No. 6 Ohio State walloped North Florida, 99-64.
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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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