Wednesday, November 28, 2007

Big Ten/ACC Challenge

The ninth annual Big Ten/ACC Challenge tipped off with one game Monday night (Wake Forest's 56-47 win at Iowa), continued with a five-game slate last night, and will end tonight with five more games. The ACC has won the Commissioner's Cup, which is awarded to the conference whose teams win more games in the Challenge, all eight years prior to this season's edition and they look well on their way to claiming the trophy this time around as well.

Through the six games played to this point, the ACC is 5-1; the only Big Ten team to win so far was Indiana, as the Eric Gordons beat Georgia Tech last night in Bloomington 83-79. You'd have to like the ACC's chances to win the Challenge again as they only need to win one out of tonight's five matchups and I wouldn't be surprised if they win a couple (North Carolina over Ohio State, Virginia Tech over Penn State).

Michigan's game against Boston College tonight (7:15 PM, ESPNU) will be another test for the young Wolverines. After going 1-2 in the Great Alaska Shootout to even up their overall record at 3-3, John Beilein's squad faces a BC team that is 4-0 and led by star guard and Richmond, VA product Tyrese Rice, who comes into the game averaging a nifty 21.3 points per game along with 7.7 assists. BC, like Michigan, is a guard-oriented team and relies on their quickness and shooting to win games and if the Wolverines can't slow them down, Boston College will remain undefeated. In Alaska, a much-smaller Butler team shot their way to victory and that's what BC will look to do tonight, so it's up to Michigan's 1-3-1 defense to pressure the shooters and force contested jumpers if they hope to send the Maize Rage home happy.

1 comment:

Kartik said...

You don't really think the Big Ten can play with the ACC do you? C'mon this manufactured event should be ended when it is obvious one of the conferences is perennially inferior to the other.