Big Ten/ACC Challenge's Top 10 Guards

Joseph BrewersContributor INovember 30, 2010

Big Ten/ACC Challenge's Top 10 Guards

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    Jonathan Ferrey/Getty Images

    The Big Ten/ACC Challenge is one of the non-conference schedule's most exciting events. Number one Duke versus number six Michigan State is the headline game in this season's challenge. Purdue will look to rebound off their first loss with a match up against Virginia Tech and Illinois will play North Carolina in a rematch of 2005's National Championship game. Those three games possess the most star power and look to be marquee non-conference games for each team. Several great guards will take the floor in these games so here is a look at the top ten guards in the Challenge this season. 

#10 Talor Battle

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    Penn State's Talor BattleJonathan Daniel/Getty Images

    The Big Ten's second leading scorer in 2009-2010 returned to play one more season in Happy Valley. 

    Stats as of Nov. 30th: 18.3 PPG, 3.5 APG, 4.2 RPG

    ACC/Big Ten challenge matchup: Maryland @ Penn State, December 1st 

#9 Jordan Taylor

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    Wisconsin's Jordan TaylorEthan Miller/Getty Images

    Taylor looks to follow in the footsteps of graduated Trevon Hughes, and lead the Badgers to the their third straight win in the challenge. 

    Stats as of Nov. 30th: 13.3 PPG, 4 APG, 3.2 RPG

    ACC/Big Ten challenge matchup: NC State @ Wisconsin, December 1st 

#8 David Lighty

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    Ohio State's David LightyJoe Robbins/Getty Images

    Lighty's leadership and dynamic scoring has the Buckeyes ranked second in the nation. His skills will be tested by Florida State's Deividas Dulkys tonight. 

    Stats as of Nov 30th: 15.6 PPG, 4.2 APG, 4.8 RPG

    ACC/Big Ten Challenge Matchup: 2.Ohio State @ Florida State, November 30th

#7 E'twaun Moore

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    Purdue point guard E'twaun MooreOtto Greule Jr/Getty Images

    A three time All Big-Ten ten selection, Moore is 2nd in the conference in points per game and is a key component in leading Purdue back to the Sweet 16. 

    Stats as of Nov. 30th: 20.8 PPG, 2.7 APG, 6.7 RPG

    ACC/Big Ten challenge matchup: 18. Purdue @ Virginia Tech, December 1st 

#6 Durrell Summers

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    Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images

    The lethal shooting guard returned for his senior season after carrying his team to the 2010 Final Four after teammate Kalin Lucas went down. Summers can shoot the three and can explode for a monster dunk at any moment. 

    Stats as of Nov. 30th: 15.2 PPG, 4.5 RPG

    ACC/Big Ten challenge matchup: 6.Michigan State @ 1.Duke, December 1st 

#5 Malcolm Delaney

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    Combo guard Malcolm DelaneyKevin C. Cox/Getty Images

    The leading scorer in the ACC and the ACC's reigning scoring champion, Delaney looks to hand the Boilermakers their second loss of the season. He was a unanimous first team All ACC selection last year and he pairs with Dorenzo Hudson to give the Hokies one of the best backcourt's in the nation. 

    Stats as of Nov. 30th: 21.3 PPG, 3.8 APG, 3.5 RPG

    ACC/Big Ten challenge matchup: 18.Purdue @ Virginia Tech, December 1st 

#4 Kalin Lucas

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    The speedy Kalin LucasJonathan Ferrey/Getty Images

    The 2009 Big Ten Player of the Year looks to claim his second player of the year honor and can prove himself against a great Duke team. Look for Lucas to use his experience against the young Kyrie Irving in the showdown Wednesday night. 

    Stats as of Nov. 30th: 17.5 PPG, 3.3 APG, 1.8 RPG

    ACC/Big Ten challenge matchup: 6.Michigan State @ 1.Duke, December 1st 

# 3 Nolan Smith

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    Nolan Smith throwing one down against OregonJonathan Ferrey/Getty Images

    Smith leads the number one Blue Devils in scoring and accounted for 30% of Duke's scoring last season. It will be an interesting match up between Sparty's Durrell Summers and him. Both guards are fantastic slashers and will look to attack each other all night.

    Stats as of Nov. 30th: 16.8 PPG, 5.7 APG, 5.2 RPG

    ACC/Big Ten challenge matchup: 6.Michigan State @ 1.Duke, December 1st 

#2 Kyrie Irving

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    Kyrie Irving is a projected lottery pickJonathan Ferrey/Getty Images

    The projected number 4 pick is a do-it-all point guard for the defending national champions. His quickness allows him to get to the basket with ease and his court vision is reminiscent of NBA star Chris Paul's. How he matches up against Kalin Lucas will decide the tempo of the game, and did I mention he is just a Freshman.

    Stats as of Nov. 30th: 14.5 PPG, 5.8 APG, 3.7 RPG

    ACC/Big Ten challenge matchup: 6.Michigan State @ 1.Duke, December 1st 

#1 Demetri McCamey

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    Illinois guard Demetri McCameyChris McGrath/Getty Images

    The Senior guard returned to Champaign for one more season to lead the Illini.McCamey leads the Big Ten in assists per game and is coming off a 10 assist effort against Western Michigan. North Carolina's weakness at guard will cost them on Tuesday night. McCamey is projected as a late 1st round to early 2nd round draft pick and is lethal when he catches fire. 

    Stats as of Nov. 30th: 15.5 PPG, 7.7 APG, 3.7 RPG

    ACC/Big Ten challenge matchup: North Carolina @ 21.Illinois, November 30th