The 21st annual ACC/Big Ten Challenge tipped off Monday night with the Miami Hurricanes holding off the Illinois Fighting Illini's comeback from as many as 27 down.
The Hurricanes prevailed to give the ACC an early 1-0 lead over the Big Ten.
However, the Minnesota Golden Gophers tied the conferences at 1-1 by night's end with a convincing win over the Clemson Tigers.
The challenge features 14 games over a three-day span. The ACC entered this year leading the series all-time 12-5-3. Most recently, though, the ACC and Big Ten tied 7-7 last year.
This year, nine programs ranked in the AP's Top 25 will be featured. Two marquee matchups include No. 10 Duke meeting No. 11 Michigan State on Tuesday night and No. 6 Ohio State taking on No. 7 North Carolina on Wednesday night.
Below is an overlook at the event's initial action as well as scheduling for Tuesday and Wednesday.
Miami def. Illinois, 81-79
Minnesota def. Clemson, 78-60
Iowa at Syracuse, 7 p.m. ET on ESPN2
Northwestern at Boston College, 7 p.m. ET on ESPNU
No. 4 Michigan at No. 1 Louisville, 9 p.m. ET on ESPN
No. 17 Florida State at Indiana, 9 p.m. ET on ESPN2
Rutgers at Pittsburgh, 9 p.m. ET on ESPNU
No. 10 Duke at No. 11 Michigan State, 9:30 p.m. ET on ESPN
Notre Dame at No. 3 Maryland, 7:15 p.m. ET on ESPN/ESPN3
No. 5 Virginia at Purdue, 7:15 p.m. ET on ESPN2
Nebraska at Georgia Tech, 7:15 p.m. ET on ESPNU
Wisconsin at NC State, 9:15 p.m. ET on ESPN2
Wake Forest at Penn State, 9:15 p.m. ET on ESPNU
No. 6 Ohio State at No. 7 North Carolina, 9:30 p.m. ET on ESPN
Schedule via NCAA.com
Miami Hurricanes 81, Illinois Fighting Illini 79
Illinois scored the night's first bucket, a three-pointer by Trent Frazier, but the Fighting Illini's last lead of the night came with 18:26 remaining in the first half.
The 'Canes led by as many as 27 and held a consistent double-digit lead throughout most of the game.
It's surprising then that Illinois found itself down only 80-79 with possession in the final seconds of the game. Miami was able to maintain the victory when Ayo Dosunmu was called for an offensive charge with 2.7 seconds remaining in regulation.
Miami's Chris Lykes—all 5'7" of him—took Dosunmu's charge, which was fitting as the junior guard was the game's leading scorer with 28 points.
Miami senior guard Dejan Vasiljevic finished right behind Lykes with 20 points. Eighteen of his 20 points came from beyond the arc, as he went 6-of-9 from three.
The Hurricanes shot 55.6 percent from deep.
Illinois ripped off a 12-0 run from the 7:40 mark of the second half to the 5:38 mark and then an 8-0 run down the stretch. In the loss, the Fighting Illini were led by freshman center Kofi Cockburn's 23 points with starters Dosunmu, Frazier and Andres Feliz each scoring in double digits as well.
Minnesota Golden Gophers 78, Clemson Tigers 60
Minnesota ran away with this game in the second half to turn a six-point halftime lead into a 18-point victory over Clemson.
The Gophers opened the second half with a 10-1 run and didn't look back. Sophomore guard Marcus Carr led all scorers with a career-high 24 points and nearly had a double-double with nine assists.
Sophomore center Daniel Oturu also impressed for Minnesota with 21 points on 9-of-11 shooting from the field. He started the contest 7-of-7.
Sophomore guard Gabe Kalscheur was the only other Gopher to score in double digits with 15 points.
In the loss, Clemson was led by sophomore forward Hunter Tyson's 12 points off the bench.
Overall, Minnesota thoroughly outshot Clemson by going 53.8 percent from the field and 36.4 percent from three compared to the Tigers' 46 percent and 18.2 percent, respectively.