The ACC-Big Ten challenge 2010 is set to end tonight. So far, the ACC-Big Ten challenge 2010 has gone in favor of the Big Ten, which rarely happens. In fact, they had never won this three-day event until last year, although they are on track to do it again. However, with five games still left to play, there is still time to turn things around. But even if it doesn’t happen, the centerpiece of the ACC-Big Ten challenge 2010 could make a far bigger statement.
The ceremonies started on Monday, as Virginia jumped out to a upset win over Minnesota. But the ACC had far less luck last night, as only one of their teams won. Although Wake Forest beat Iowa, North Carolina, Florida State, Clemson and Georgia Tech were not so lucky.
As such, the ACC-Big Ten challenge 2010 has the Big Ten up 4-2 thus far. If they only win two of the five games tonight, they will claim their second straight win after 11 straight losses. It would be a notable referendum for the conference, which is thought of as the deepest in the country this year.
Tonight’s final showdowns have Maryland visiting Penn State, Indiana facing Boston College, N.C. State going against Wisconsin, and Purdue traveling to Virginia Tech. Yet no matter how those games go, one will tower over the rest, and perhaps serve as a Final Four preview.
The centerpiece of the ACC-Big Ten challenge 2010 has No. 6 Michigan State visiting top ranked Duke. This could have been a 1 vs 2 showdown, had Michigan State not gotten tripped up in the Maui Invitational. As such, this game is even bigger for the Spartans, as they try to prove their mettle.
Duke has already beaten a top five team in Kansas State, and has extra motivation to deliver tonight. Last year at this time, their loss at Wisconsin clinched the Big Ten’s first victory in the challenge. This time, they can help the ACC get bragging rights back, and cement their position as No. 1.
The defending national champions will be the favorites to repeat until further notice. Yet those in the ACC-Big Ten challenge 2010 could be the biggest threats to their reign. Along with the Spartans, Ohio State is right up there as the new No. 2. Yet North Carolina has stumbled out of the gate with three losses, and Purdue’s expectations have gone down without Robbie Hummel.
The ultimate bragging rights for these conferences will come if one of them wins the national championship. Although the ACC lost the Big Ten challenge last year, they still have that all important advantage, thanks to Duke.
This year’s Blue Devils can prove they’re ready to do it again, as the Spartans come calling at 9:30 pm est on ESPN.
Fanhouse- “Big Ten-ACC Challenge 2010” http://ncaabasketball.fanhouse.com/2010/12/01/big-ten-acc-challenge-2010/