Big Ten Finally Ends Long Drought Against ACC in Challenge
After losing the last 10 Big Ten/ACC Challenges, it wasn't hard to see that the Big Ten coaches really wanted to win it this year.
And win it they did.
The younger generation of fans might not see what the big deal is, but long time Big Ten fans are finally glad to see their 10 year drought against the ACC finally end.
The win over the ACC in the 2009 Challenge means something to every fan and team in the conference, and the win could signal a shift of power in college basketball from the ACC to the Big Ten
With Ohio State's win over Florida State in the final game of the Challenge, the Big Ten beat the ACC 6-5 to win the event for the first time in 11 years.
Here is a quick look at how it all played out:
Wisconsin 73, Duke 69
Without question, this was the signature win of this year's Big Ten/ACC Challenge. In addition to the Big Ten winning the challenge for the first time, Duke lost its first Challenge game ever, and its first of the year.
Trevon Hughes had 26 points to propel the Badgers in the upset over No. 5 Duke, sending a rowdy student section onto the court for a celebration that the entire Big Ten conference enjoyed.
Ohio State 77, Florida State 64
The Buckeyes won the last game of the Challenge in convincing fashion. Some say Thad Matta's squad might be the best team in the country, and Evan Turner is a huge reason why.
Turner had 25 points, 13 rebounds, six assists and two blocks in the win.
North Carolina 89, Michigan State 82
North Carolina has owned the Spartans in their last three meetings over the past year. Going 2-20 from the three-point shooting line while on the road is no way to win a ball game.
Raymar Morgan had 18 points and six rebounds. Delvon Roe had just eight points, but added 10 rebounds and five blocks to his point production.
Purdue 69, Wake Forest 58
Using a 27-9 second-half run, No. 6 Purdue defeated Wake Forest. The Boilermakers have some things to work on as the team shot just 1-15 from three-point range.
E'Twaun Moore contributed 22 and JaJuan Johnson added 21 points to go along with nine rebounds.
Northwestern 65, NC State 53
Northwestern keeps surprising after losing Kevin Coble for the season as the Wildcats kept the trend going with their fifth straight win this season over a pretty good North Carolina State team.
Michael Thompson scored 22 points for the Wildcats.
Illinois 76, Clemson 74
Wow, what a comeback by Illinois to beat Clemson on the road. All the Illini had to do was 21 point deficit which was the biggest comeback in school history for a victory.
Mike Davis 22 points to go along with nine rebounds.
Penn State 69, Virginia 66
The Nittany Lions got things started in the Challenge with a close win over Virginia.
Talor Battle scored 32 points, 28 of those in the second half.
Boston College 62, Michigan 58
This was probably the biggest disappointment of the Challenge. Despite the close score, Michigan looked overwhelmed against Boston College for most of the game.
Manny Harris was almost all of Michigan's offense, scoring 19 points, assisting on six other baskets and grabbing three offensive rebounds.
Miami 63, Minnesota 58
The Gophers were unable to hold off the hot Hurricanes, who are now 8-0 on the season. Minnesota committed three consecutive turnovers at the end of the game that prevented them from getting back in the lead.
Lawrence Westbrook led the Gophers with 14 points in their loss.
Virginia Tech 70, Iowa 64
Let's be honest, no one really expected the Hawkeyes to win this one. They gave it their best effort though, and cut Virginia Tech's lead to 63-59 with just under two minutes left. It was too little, too late, though.
Anthony Tucker had a season-high 24 points in Iowa's losing effort.
Maryland 80, Indiana 68
Turning in the worst performance of the Challenge for the Big Ten was Indiana. The Hoosiers shot an atrocious 32 percent from the field in this game.
Maurice Creek had 19 points in the losing effort.
Maybe winning the Challenge means it's the Big Ten's year to bring home a National Championship.
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