The ACC/Big Ten Challenge tipped off on Monday night, and through two nights of competition, the Big Ten holds an early 4-2 advantage.
The ACC got off to a good start on Monday when Virginia traveled to Minnesota and upset the 13th ranked Golden Gophers. But on Tuesday night, the Big Ten dominated, going 4-1 in the five matchups. Ohio State beat Florida State by 14 (despite the fact that the Seminoles are coached by a man who looks like pure rage in a suit), the Fighting Illini held off North Carolina at home, Northwestern throttled Georgia Tech and Michigan notched a surprising victory on the road against Clemson. If it weren't for a deep three at the buzzer during the Iowa - Wake Forest game, the Big Ten could have swept the night.
With the good guys leading the challenge 4-2, the Big Ten only needs two more victories to secure the conference victory. Five games will be played tonight:
- Purdue @ Virginia Tech
- Indiana @ Boston College
- North Carolina State @ Wisconsin
- Maryland @ Penn State
- Michigan State @ Duke
Purdue, Indiana and Wisconsin look like the best opportunities for the Big Ten to collect W's. Obviously Michigan State could go into Cameron and knock off the top ranked Blue Devils, but it's going to take their very best game to do so.