The ACC/Big Ten Challenge kicked off last night.
The Hokies dismantled Minnesota 67-57.
Pitt then took it to another level destroying Northwestern 87-58.
ACC 2 - Big Ten 0
Today's slate of games include
#22 Maryland at 0-6 Loserville (Advantage Big 10)
6-1 Penn State at 5-2 Clemson (Advantage ACC by slim margin)
Syracuse at #16 Illinois (Advantage Big Ten by huge margin)
4-2 GT at 5-1 Iowa (Advantage Big Ten by huge margin)
6-1 Wake Forest at 5-1 Wisconsin (Big Ten Home court advantage)
#3 UVA at 5-1 Michigan (Advantage ACC)
ACC 4 - Big Ten 4
#5 Purdue at 1-7 FSU (Advantage Big Ten by wide margin)
#25 Ohio State at #17 Duke (Advantage ACC Home Court)
5-1 Rutgers at 6-1 Miami (Advantage ACC Home Court)
#18 UNC at #12 Indiana (Advantage Big Ten)
#20 Michigan State at 5-1 Notre Dame (Advantage Big Ten)
5-2 Boston College at 4-3 Nebraska (Advantage ACC by slim margin)
ACC 7 - Big Ten 7 (Seems like a World Cup spillover)
The four games to watch to tip this one way or the other are Clemson, Wake Forest, Virginia and Boston College.
UNC may be another but they have looked really soft their last three games. ESPN analytics shows it 80% in Indiana's favor.
Notre Dame is favored by ESPN analytics but having watched them struggle against Radford and Youngstown State and seeing Michigan State beat Villanova and Kentucky I have to lean the Spartans way on this one.
Virginia should wipe the floor with Michigan but it's at Michigan so you never know. Michigan lost big to Arizona State which plays a similar style to the Wahoos.
The Wake Forest game is going to come down to style and pace of play. If it's fast moving and transition baskets that's to Wakes Advantage but if it is slow and methodical and Wisconsin can get the ball inside all the Advantage goes to the Badgers.
Boston College is the hardest to evaluate. Neither team is really good and it's at Nebraska. BC has two glaring losses in their last 5 games. They lost to Maine who lost to Nebraska by 13. They also lost to Tarleton 70-54. Nebraska though hasn't been much better. They lost three of their last five by double digit margins. They did just add to Florida States misery though with a 75-58 victory at a neutral site.