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Big Ten ACC Challenge 2019: Scores, Highlights and Reaction from Tuesday

Rob Goldberg@TheRobGoldbergFeatured ColumnistDecember 4, 2019

LOUISVILLE, KENTUCKY - DECEMBER 03:   Jordan Nwora #33 of the Louisville Cardinals dribbles the ball during the 58-43 win against the Michigan Wolverines at KFC YUM! Center on December 03, 2019 in Louisville, Kentucky. (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)
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The 2019 Big Ten-ACC Challenge continued Tuesday with some of the top matchups of the nonconference college basketball season.

After the conferences split the first two games of the competition Monday, the more high-profile teams were in action on Day 2. This included preseason favorites Duke and Michigan State, as well as surging contenders Louisville and Michigan, plus some exciting teams like Indiana and Florida State.

This is all part of the 14-team battle over a three-day stretch for conference supremacy.

Follow along for the latest breakdown of Tuesday's action around the country.

Latest Conference Score: Big Ten 4, ACC 4

      

Monday's Results

Miami def. Illinois, 81-79

Minnesota def. Clemson, 78-60

          

Tuesday's Schedule/Results

Iowa def. Syracuse, 68-54

Northwestern def. Boston College, 82-64

No. 1 Louisville def. No. 4 Michigan, 58-43

Indiana def. No. 17 Florida State, 80-64

Pittsburgh def. Rutgers, 71-60

No. 10 Duke def. No. 11 Michigan State, 87-75

      

Wednesday's Schedule

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

          

Tuesday Recap

Northwestern 82, Boston College 64

Northwestern handed Boston College its fourth straight loss with a dominant road performance at Silvio Conte Forum.

The Wildcats gained control of the game with a 16-0 run in the first half, turning a 20-19 deficit into a 35-20 advantage, and the Eagles were never able to recover. Boston College never got the score within single digits for the entire second half.

Miller Kopp was the star of the show for Northwestern with the best game of his young career:

Northwestern Basketball @NUMensBball

Miller Kopp is a bucket. 📝 He has a career-high 18 points. #B1GACC #B1GCats | #PoundTheRock https://t.co/Zze6eN18NV

He finished with 20 points on 6-of-14 shooting, reaching double figures for the sixth time in seven games during his freshman season. Fellow freshman Boo Buie also set a career high with 20 points on 8-of-9 from the field.

Meanwhile, Boston College couldn't get many stops while allowing Northwestern to shoot 58.2 percent from the field and 9-of-20 from three-point range. It created a one-sided battle with the visitors coming away with an impressive win.

        

Iowa 68, Syracuse 54

The two teams were separated by just one point at halftime, but Iowa proved to be the better team with a strong showing in the second half.

Luka Garza was nearly unstoppable inside with 23 points and nine rebounds, while Jordan Bohannon and Joe Wieskamp torched the 2-3 zone with a combined eight made three-pointers.

Depth might've been a problem, but this trio was more than enough to pull away from Syracuse in the second half.

Of course, Syracuse couldn't get much of anything going offensively while finishing with 16 turnovers and just 13 assists. Elijah Hughes finished 3-of-13 from the field on his way to 10 points.

After falling to 4-4 with a third straight loss, there are now questions about how far this program has fallen:

Adam Beasley @AdamHBeasley

This might be the worst Syracuse team in 50 years.

A.J. Lagoe @AJInvestigates

Hands down the worst @Cuse_MBB team in my lifetime. No defense, no rebounding, and can’t score. Going to be a long season.

At the very least, it's clear major changes are needed for a turnaround this season.

      

Louisville 58, Michigan 43

Louisville showed the world why it deserved the No. 1 ranking Tuesday with an impressive effort against No. 4 Michigan.

The Cardinals were especially dominant on the defensive end, holding the Wolverines to 25.9 percent from the field and 3-of-19 from three-point range. Jon Teske (18 points) was the only player in double figures and even he was only 6-of-18 shooting.

Isaiah Livers was the team's top scorer but was completely shut down while shooting 1-of-9 for just three points.

Michigan jumped from unranked to the Top Five thanks to an incredible showing at the Battle 4 Atlantis, but this performance had many questioning the ranking:

Matt Jones @KySportsRadio

Louisville’s Defense is really good But Michigan looks absolutely terrible

Dana O'Neil @DanaONeilWriter

It would seem, at least for now, that Michigan's poll vault was premature.

Pat Forde @ByPatForde

It's 28-18 Louisville over Michigan at halftime. Honestly doesn't feel that close. Juwan Howard deserves a contract extension for winning the Bahamas tourney with this group.

Louisville didn't always look too much better offensively but stayed ahead throughout the night thanks to Jordan Nwora and his 22 points and 12 rebounds.

The junior carried Louisville offensively, and it was enough to survive an ugly battle of top teams.

       

Pittsburgh 71, Rutgers 60

An unselfish effort helped Pittsburgh survive a tough test against Rutgers Tuesday.

The Panthers totaled 18 assists on 27 made baskets, led by an outstanding performance from Xavier Johnson with 20 points and eight assists.

Pittsburgh also remained tough with its perimeter defense, holding Rutgers to just 4-of-23 from three-point range while forcing 20 turnovers.

Neither side had a lot of depth in this one—only 11 total players scored between the two teams—but Pittsburgh did enough on both ends of the court to earn a fifth straight win after a 2-2 start to the season.

        

Indiana 80, Florida State 64

Devonte Green scored a career-high 30 points off the bench to carry Indiana to a huge win over the No. 17 team in the country.

The guard was unstoppable throughout the game, shooting 10-of-15 including 5-of-7 from three-point range. He also came up in the clutch whenever it was needed for Indiana.

Big Ten Network @BigTenNetwork

Devonte Green (@ChefBoyArGreen) is a certified bucket. ✅ @IndianaMBB beats No. 17 Florida State, 80-64, and @VicOladipo loved it: https://t.co/Y5ZXDvzZwC

Though the Hoosiers led by 11 at halftime, Florida State stormed back to cut the deficit to three several times in the second half. The Seminoles depth was especially on display while keeping the pressure on the home team, forcing 18 turnovers.

However, Indiana continued to make plays to stay in front, with freshman Trayce Jackson-Davis also coming up big:

Big Ten Network @BigTenNetwork

TJD lives above the rim. 👀 @IndianaMBB's got a good one in @TrayceJackson: https://t.co/RopOcbgfOQ

The Hoosiers are now 8-0 on the season, but a weak schedule tempered expectations over the first few weeks. We now know this squad is legit and could be a threat in the Big Ten.

      

Duke 87, Michigan State 75

Duke turned what was supposed to be a close battle of Final Four contenders into a route with a dominant showing on the road in the Breslin Center.

The Spartans had no answer for Vernon Carey, who had 26 points, 11 rebounds and three blocks in just 25 minutes. Tre Jones was also in complete control with 20 points and 12 assists.

The Blue Devils were efficient offensively, but really changed the game with their ability to create offense from defense:

Bleacher Report @BleacherReport

Tre Jones broke his ankles then landed on him 😬 https://t.co/eXAmtD0Wbn

ACC Digital Network @theACCDN

.@vernoncarey22, @Tre3Jones & @javind_12 turn defense ➡️ offense! You love to see it! 🏀 #HereComesDuke #MustSeeACC | @DukeMBB https://t.co/hg6z9LFUbq

Duke had 11 blocks and 10 steals against an uncharacteristically sloppy Michigan State team that is now just 5-3 after entering the year as the preseason No. 1 team in the country.

Cassius Winston needed 14 shots to get 12 points for Michigan State, while Aaron Henry was virtually invisible after entering the day as the team's third-leading scorer.

A late surge kept things close on the scoreboard, but it was really a one-sided affair in Duke's favor.