Big Ten/ACC Challenge: ACC Takes Early Lead With Two Home Wins

Last Updated: 2017-11-28

The ACC opened the Big Ten vs. ACC challenge with two home wins on Monday night. The 14-game event takes place over the course of four days. There are five games on Tuesday night. There will be six games on Wednesday night and the challenge ends on Thursday with a Top 5 showdown.

Monday Night Breakdown

Syracuse Orange 72

Maryland Terrapins 70

The Syracuse Orange won a terrific battle against a game Maryland Terrapins squad on Monday night. After jumping out to a 32-25 lead late in the first half, the Orange had to hold off the Terrapins for the rest of the way. Every run was countered by another run via the opponent. In fact, the Orange won each half 36-35. For the most part, the Terrapins handled the zone extremely well, dishing out 18 assists. However, it was back to back turnovers down the stretch that gave the Orange a 4-point cushion late. Tyus Battle hit the go-ahead 3-pointer with 57 seconds left in the game. Battle finished with 18 points. He was joined by teammates Frank Howard (15 points, 10 assists) and Oshae Brissett (15 points, 13 rebounds). Kevin Huerter led Maryland with 23 points on 7-of-9 shooting from 3-point range. Syracuse remains undefeated at (6-0). Maryland drops to (6-2).

Virginia Cavaliers 49

Wisconsin Badgers 37

Defense ruled the day in Game 2 of the Big Ten/ACC Challenge. The Virginia Cavaliers held the Wisconsin Badgers to 31 percent shooting. The Cavaliers only shot 38 percent from the field. However, they had a pair of players light up the scoreboard in this low-scoring affair. Kyle Guy scored 17 points and Devon Hall scored 16 points to account for 33 of the 49 points. Meanwhile, they held Ethan Happ to 14 points and 8 rebounds. The Cavaliers have pushed their record to (7-0). Wisconsin drops to (3-4)

Tuesday Night Preview

Only one ranked team is featured on Tuesday night. The No. 17 Louisville Cardinals hit the road to take on the Purdue Boilermakers. In all, four undefeated teams put their record on the line. In addition to the Cardinals, the ACC has undefeated Florida State facing a tough road contest. The Big Ten’s two undefeated teams are the Rutgers Scarlet Knights and Illinois Fighting Illini. Both teams have six wins.

The ACC has three home games, while the Big Ten has two home games tonight. Home teams are favored in 3 of the 5 games. However, the ACC has one road favorite, while there is a pick’em game.

Northwestern Wildcats (4-2) vs. Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets (3-1) Even

Northwestern has split their last four games. They are looking for their first road win of the season. With losses to Creighton and Texas Tech, the Wildcats are attempting to get their first Power 5 win of the season. Meanwhile, Georgia Tech has won three straight since losing their season-opener to the UCLA Bruins. However, this should be their biggest test of the year. A home win would put the Yellow Jackets back on track.

Florida State Seminoles (5-0) vs. Rutgers Scarlet Knights (6-0) +5

If Rutgers wants to change perception of their program, they can start with pulling off the home upset. The Scarlet Knights possess the No. 1 scoring defense this season. They are holding opponents to 47.2 points per game. However, their schedule takes a big step up in competition. The Florida State Seminoles have not had a game closer than 17 points. They are averaging 91 points per game. The Seminoles have four players averaging double figures, including Terrance Mann’s 17 points per game.

No. 17 Louisville Cardinals (4-0) vs. Purdue Boilermakers (5-2) -7

Coming in, this should be the most intriguing game of the night. Will it live up to its billing? The Purdue Boilermakers lost a pair of close games before annihilating Arizona by 25 points. Carsen Edwards leads the Boilermakers with 18 points per game. Louisville is facing their first Power 5 opponent of the season. Their size and length should matchup well with Purdue’s interior. Look for Deng Adel’s matchup with Vince Edwards. It should be one of the best of the night. Adel leads Louisville with 17.5 points per game.

Illinois Fighting Illini (6-0) vs. Wake Forest Demon Deacons (2-4) -3.5

Wake Forest is the only team with a losing record playing on Tuesday night. Yet, they are slight favorites over the Illinois Fighting Illini. Illinois has five players averaging double figures.

Iowa Hawkeyes (4-2) vs. Virginia Tech Hokies (5-1) -8

Virginia Tech’s only loss came to the St. Louis Billikens. They have won their five games by at least 20 points. The Hokies are averaging 102 points per game. They are the biggest home favorite of the night. Iowa won three home games. However, they lost 2 of 3 neutral site games. This is their first true road contest of the season.

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