While the Big Ten came into the second night of the 14th annual Big Ten-ACC Challenge with a 4-2 lead, that lead dwindled as the night progressed and eventually ended in a 6-6 tie. Illinois and Purdue were the two winners from the B1G on Wednesday night, while Ohio State, Penn State, Wisconsin and Michigan State all dropped their contests.
After Tuesday night's game I posted this article, so this is a follow-up to that article and will use the same format. I will rank the six teams based on how they performed on Wednesday night, which may not be an indicator of how they stack up compared to the other teams on the list. So without further adieu, here it goes:
1. Illinois-defeated Georgia Tech 75-62 at home.
With Illinois trailing 58-54 late in the second half, the Joe Bertrand show emerged as the redshirt junior scored 10 straight points to put the Fighting Illini up for good. Bertrand had a game-high 15 points off Illinois' bench, while Brandon Paul matched his 15-point output. While the Yellow Jackets are nowhere near a top-tier ACC team, John Groce's Illini continue to show resilience and are off to an 8-0 start.
2. Purdue-defeated Clemson 73-61 on the road.
DJ Byrd set the tone early in this one, knocking down the first five three-point attempts that he hoisted in the games opening 10 minutes. Byrd finished with 22 points, while Terone Johnson put up a solid stat line of 13 points, six rebounds, and six assists. The Boilermakers entered this contest 2-3, but got a huge road win to lift their spirits.
3. Ohio State-lost to Duke 73-68 on the road.
The Buckeyes went to the locker room with an eight-point lead at the intermission, but were not able to hold off the second-ranked Blue Devils. Deshaun Thomas scored 16 points, while Aaron Craft and Lenzelle Smith Jr. each added 11. Amir Williams already provided a spark in the OSU frontcourt, pulling down 10 rebounds.
4. Michigan State-lost to Miami 67-59 on the road.
Tom Izzo's squad has not found their early-season form thus far, as they were outscored 40-28 in the second half of this contest. Keith Appling scored a team-high 15 points, while Gary Harris scored 12 points and brought in eight rebounds in his first game back from injury. All five Miami starters played over 30 minutes in the game.
5. Wisconsin-lost 60-54 to Virginia at home.
Wisconsin is nearly a lock to win at home every time they take the floor, but Wednesday night was an exception. The 6'1" Ben Brust, who currently leads the Big Ten in rebounding, scored 15 for the Badgers, while senior Jared Berggren got into double figures with 12. Traevon Jackson moved into the starting point guard role in place of George Marshall for the first time.
6. Penn State-lost 73-61 to Boston College at home.
It's hard to blame the Nittany Lions for losing any games after Tim Frazier's Achilles injury ended his season, but then again they were facing a 2-3 BC team Wednesday evening. Jermaine Marshall and DJ Newbill combined for 47 of PSU's 61 points. Ross Travis was the only other player to score more than three points, as his stat line was comprised of five points and 13 rebounds.