Wednesday Night Hoopla: Big Ten Looks Respectable Against ACC
Big Ten/ACC Challenge
For the first time in several years, the Big Ten looked good against the ACC in the Big Ten/ACC Challenge. If Illinois would have held onto its lead Tuesday night against Clemson, the Big Ten would have won the challenge for the first time in the challenge's ten year history.
Entering Wednesday's games, the two conferences were split at three games a piece.
No. 17 Wake Forest 83, Indiana 58
Indiana competed for 10 minutes. That, in and of itself, should be a victory for a Hoosier team that was one airball away from losing to Division II Chaminade. But, in the end, Wake was too strong for IU and Dino Gaudio's squad pulled away by 16 at the half.
Forward James Johnson led the Demon Deacon attack with 21 points. Coming off an outstanding 76 Classic, sensational sophomore Jeff Teague dropped all 14 of his points in the second half.
Penn State 85, Georgia Tech 83
The Nittany Lions inched closer to .500, with a record of 4-5 in the Big Ten/ACC Challenge with an impressive road victory over the Yellow Jackets. PSU moved to 7-1 on the young season behind the stellar guard play of Stanley Pringle and Talor Battle.
Maryland 75, Michigan 70
In a matchup of two teams with impressive upsets on their resumes, the Terrapins notched another solid win. Greivis Vazquez led Maryland with 23 points, 12 rebounds, and six assists.
No. 1 North Carolina 98, No. 12 Michigan State 63
It's pretty much official; UNC could compete with a few teams in the NBA. With a roster stacked with future NBA players, the Tar Heels are toying with their competition. After dominating Oregon and Notre Dame, UNC tipped-off with MSU and absolutely handled the Spartans.
Tyler Hansbrough recorded a double-double with 23 points and 11 rebounds while teammate Ty Lawson almost tallied a triple-double with 17 points, eight assists, and seven steals.
Northwestern 73, Florida State 59
The most surprising result of the Big Ten/ACC Challenge should help Northwestern coach Bill Carmody keep his job. The Wildcats are off to a strong 5-1 start that includes a second half comeback and thrashing of the Seminoles. Carmody finally has some big men to throw under the basket which could have the Wildcats competitive in the Big 10 for the first time in a few years.
Ranked Teams Follow the Status Quo
No. 3 Pittsburgh 78, Duquesne 51
The Dukes gave the Panthers a game for the first 14 minutes, which is pretty impressive for a team with eight freshmen and no one over 6'5''. Pitt center DeJuan Blair had a field day with the undersized Duquesne lineup, hauling in 17 rebounds.
No. 13 Tennessee 87, UNC-Asheville 69
After it seemed like North Carolina destroyed Asheville by 1,000 points, the Volunteers got what was left of the Bulldogs on Wednesday. Tyler Smith led a balanced lineup with a triple-double scoring 12 points and adding 10 rebounds and assists. Nine Vols scored at least seven points.
No. 14 Xavier 81, Auburn 74
Tigers' coach Jeff Lebo blew another chance to help get himself off the hot-seat when his team failed to cover Musketeer wing B.J. Raymond. He scored a career-high 32 points and hit seven three-pointers.
No. 20 Syracuse 88, Cornell 78
The Big Red's superstar Ryan Wittman couldn't knock off the Orange with his 33 points or set a Carrier Dome record with his nine three-pointers. Jonny Flynn led the 'Cuse back from a 16 point deficit in the first half. Fellow Niagara native and high school teammate Paul Harris added 21 points and nine rebounds.
No. 25 Kansas 100, New Mexico State 79
After losing to Syracuse last week, the Jayhawks have reeled off three straight convincing wins, the latest by 21 points the Aggies. Freshman Tyshawn Taylor scored a career-high 23 points and point guard Sherron Collins dropped 15 points and 11 dimes.
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