ACC-Big Ten Challenge Recap

The ACC claimed the championship in the 3rd annual ACC-Big 10 Challenge with a 5-3 edge, but the series was not without its high points for the Big 10. From the good to the bad to the downright bizarre, these 9 (actually, 8.5) games had it all.

Maryland vs. Illinois: The Terrapins, led by Juan Dixon and his 25 points, dominated the Illini and posted an easy 76-63 victory in the Cole Field House. Maryland led by 12 at the half and never let the Illini back within 8 points. The vaunted Illini backcourt of Corey Bradford and Frankie Williams combined to shoot 7-30 for just 18 points.

North Carolina vs. Indiana: The Hoosiers kept the Tar Heels on a skid in Chapel Hill, as A.J. Moye paced Indiana with 20 points. The 79-66 game left North Carolina 0-3, the first such start for the Tar Heels in 73 years.

Duke vs. Iowa: The Hawkeyes' dynamic duo of Reggie Evans and Luke Recker were shut down by Duke's swarming defense, and Jason Williams dropped 26 points in Duke's 80-62 victory. Mike Dunleavy added 22 points as the Iowa offense could not get within striking distance during the last ten minutes of the game.

Virginia vs. Michigan State: After over a half of mistake-filled basketball caused by a slippery court, play was suspended between the Cavs and Spartans, with Virginia holding a 31-28 lead. The game is unlikely to be rescheduled.

Wake Forest vs. Minnesota: The Demon Deacons upended Minnesota in an 85-79 shootout. The Gophers had taken a 79-74 lead with just a minute and a half left in the game, but the Deacons put up 11 points in those last 90 seconds, including a go-ahead 3-pointer by Broderick Hicks with just 58 seconds to go. Dusty Rychart scored 22 points to lead the Gophers, but only 2 came in the second half.

Florida State vs. Northwestern: The worst teams of each conference squared off in a suprisingly exciting game, as Northwestern fended off the Seminoles by a 57-50 count. Jitim Young of the Wildcats chipped in a full third of his team's points, with 19. The ‘Noles crept to within 52-50 with 1:28 remaining, but they would be done scoring for the day as Northwestern pulled away with 5 points in the last 11 seconds.

NC State vs. Ohio State: The Buckeyes stuck it to the Wolfpack with the second-largest margin of victory in the Challenge. Led by Brent Darby and Brian Brown's combined 40 points, the Buckeyes took a 64-50 victory. The ‘Pack shot just 15-55 from the floor, while Ohio State shot 11-19 in the second half to pull away.

Clemson vs. Penn State: Clemson defeated Penn State by a 79-66 count, but it was Penn State who led early in the second half by 11 points. However, the Tigers ripped off a 45-22 second half by controlling the boards, and the Nittany Lion offense stagnated. Chris Hobbs recorded a double-double with 17 points and 10 rebounds for the Tigers.

Georgia Tech vs. Wisconsin: In easily the most exciting game of the series, Wake Forest rallied from a 20-point deficit in the second half and won in shocking fashion, 62-61. A 3-point attempt by Kirk Penney bounced off the rim as time expired to seal the victory. Wisconsin still led by a 61-50 margin with 4:18 to go, but the last 12 points belonged to the Yellow Jackets.

* Photos Are Courtesy of Associated Press

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