The ACC/Big 10 Challenge concluded its 16th season Wednesday night with the Big 10 winning the series 8-6. People want to make a big deal because the ACC hasn’t won the match up since 2008 (The ACC won the first 10 years in a row and haven’t won since). Admittedly it is a disappointing stat for the ACC but overall last night helped illustrate that the ceiling is higher for the ACC and the ACC big dogs are clearly better than the Big 10 this season.
Look at the four match ups that pitted ranked teams against ranked teams:
#4 Duke 80- #2 Wisconsin 70 (Homer highlight but Duke’s 3 freshmen looked great in a tough environment against a quality opponent)
#7 UVA 76 #21 Maryland 65: I love this result because I hate Maryland and UVA went into College Park and took it to the Terps. Good riddance, enjoy the Big 10 ya jobbers.
#15 Miami 70 #24 Illinois 61
#5 Louisville 64 #14 Ohio St 55
4-0 in ranked match ups with 2 wins coming on the road in tough environments. UNC was really the only big disappointment as Iowa came to Chapel Hill and came away with the upset. The biggest disappointment was that games between teams like Virginia Tech/Penn St. actually count towards this event. Notre Dame also gave the ACC a lift upsetting Michigan St at Michigan St in the final seconds.
I expect the ACC to have between 5 and 6 teams ranked in the top 25 throughout the season with a great showing in this upcoming NCAA tournament. ACC fans can also take solace in the fact that while they didn’t win this year they still lead the overall record at 94-75. Now the real question is whether or not any of these teams can beat Kentucky.