In Wednesday’s ACC-Big Ten action, Virginia beat Maryland 76-71, UNC fell to Michigan, 84-67, Florida State nipped Purdue 73-72, Syracuse surprised Ohio State 72-62, Rutgers knocked off Miami 57-54 and Northwestern held on to beat Georgia Tech 67-61.
So the Challenge ends in a tie with no tiebreaker. If there was one, it might be the cumulative margin of victory which would favor the ACC 51-34.
As we said going in, Michigan might be the favorite for the national title because the offense and defense are both very, very good.
UNC found that out the hard way as the Wolverines really hammered UNC, holding the Heels to 39.4% overall. Luke Maye didn’t shoot well but did grab 15 rebounds.
In the last three games, as competition has improved, freshman Nassir Little has shot 3-9, 5-12 and 1-5. Total? 9-26.
Against Michigan he was just 1-5.
Fellow freshman Cody White made it to .500 (6-12 for 12).
Maryland managed to break the packline to score 71 on Virginia but it wasn’t enough as the Cavs managed 76 of their own.
Jack Salt, of all people, hit 6-7 and scored 12 points. Good thing since the bench only provided 10, all by Braxton Key. Kehei Clark continues to impress. He didn’t have a big game statistically, but that little guy can play. Keep an eye on him.
Duke’s freshmen are getting most of the attention but White and Clark are both looking really good.
Maryland still has not won in the Challenge as a Big Ten team.
Amazing stat of the day: Virginia had just two turnovers - one by Ty Jerome and one by Mamadi Diakite.
Syracuse hit 45.8% from behind the three point line to beat the Buckeyes in Columbus. Offense has been a problem for the Orange, and chemistry may have been iffy. None of it mattered Wednesday. Tyus Battle and Elijah Hughes combined for 80 minutes and 38 points. Oshae Brissett added 14.
For the first time this season someone held Miami’s Chris Lykes under 18 and the ‘Canes lost by three.
The team overall shot 33.8%. Rutgers also had eight blocks. DJ Vasiljevic nearly put the game in overtime on a 60 foot attempt but it was just short.
People talk about NC State stuff but there’s Florida State stuff too and usually it involves blowing games the ‘Noles should win.
Not this time, though for a while it looked like Purdue would pull it off.
Surprise: Trent Forrest got the ball back and scored a layup with 5.2 left. When Purdue got the ball back, some mystical transference happened and it was Purdue that got stupid and couldn’t get a shot off with that much time left.
Only MJ Walker hit double figures for FSU.
No one seriously expected Georgia Tech to win and the Yellow Jackets lived down to expectations, trailing Chris Collins’ Northwestern team by 20 at one point.
By the end though the Jackets fought their way back into it and lost by just six. Georgia Tech is capable of good defense but offense is likely to be a struggle all season long.
Only one game Thursday as BC, fresh off of its big win against Minnesota, hosts Sacred Heart out of the NEC. Whoever nicknamed this team lacked imagination: the Pioneers? The Sacred Heart Pioneers?
If it had been up to us we’d have called them...the Sacred Heart...Breaks.
Now there’s a nickname.
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